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Emi Martinez avoids red card after two yellow cards in Lille vs Aston Villa clash

Aston Villa's goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez save the ball from a penalty during Europa Conference League quarter final second leg soccer match between Lille and Aston Villa at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Thursday, April 18, 2024. Aston Villa is in semi finals as beat Lille in penalties 4-3. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

What happened on the pitch?

Aston Villa secured their spot in the Europa Conference League semi-finals after a thrilling victory over Lille that went to a penalty shootout. Emi Martinez, the hero of the shootout, was at the center of some controversy during the match.

Why wasn't Martinez sent off?

Despite receiving two yellow cards during the game, Emi Martinez managed to stay on the pitch. The Argentine goalkeeper was first booked for timewasting in the 39th minute and then received another yellow card during the penalty shootout. However, according to IFAB law 10, yellow cards from the match and extra time do not carry over to penalty shootouts, allowing Martinez to continue playing.

Post-match reactions

After the game, Martinez reflected on the intense match, stating, "It’s been a hell of a ride all my career. I’m a believer and I’m a hard worker and it was my destiny to win here again." He also addressed the booking for timewasting, mentioning, "I’ve got a reputation for time wasting but the other goalkeeper was doing the same but I got booked. There was no ball on the penalty spot so I was asking the ball boy for one. I don’t understand the rules."

Martinez praised his teammates and the support from the managers and owners, expressing his dedication to pushing the football club forward. Despite the confusion surrounding his yellow cards, Martinez's performance helped Aston Villa progress to the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League.

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