Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had an absolute stinker in the opening minutes of their clash against Manchester United – and fans are calling it “karma” for his antics at Old Trafford last year.
Back in September, the Argentine goalkeeper dared Cristiano Ronaldo to step up and take a penalty awarded in stoppage-time after Kortney Hause handled in the area.
He was spotted shouting “You take it!” at the five-time Ballon d’Or winner; a gesture that was soon picked up by fans on social media.
— GEOV (@geoveog) September 25, 2021
Despite his impressive record from the spot, Ronaldo allowed Bruno Fernandes to take the spot-kick and Martinez did his customary trash talking.
Fernandes then smacked the ball over the bar and into the Stretford End before Martinez, who has a great record saving penalties, performed a humping dance celebration right in front of the United supporters.
You can see the footage below.
Emi Martinez’s reaction to Bruno’s penalty 😂
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 25, 2021
Four months later and in the sixth minute of their clash against Ralf Rangnick’s side at Villa Park, an unfortunate slip meant Martinez fumbled a longe range effort from, you guessed it, Bruno Fernandes.
Here is that Massimo Taibi-esc moment below.
ABSOLUTE HOWLER from Emi Martínez! 😬 pic.twitter.com/5XPPAvFIkQ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 15, 2022
Twitter, of course, were quick to remind Martinez of his antics at Old Trafford back in September.
WHOS LAUGHING NOW MARTINEZ? pic.twitter.com/ICvQiCtlzc
— 𝓛𝓲𝓪𝓶 🐝 (@LJxmes) January 15, 2022
Football karma is real y’all 😅
September 2021: Emi Martinez mocks Bruno Fernandes after skying a penalty 😳
January 2022: Martinez fumbles a Bruno shot leading to a goal 😬 pic.twitter.com/nHa5NmQl8B
— International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) January 15, 2022
— Adrian Flynn ™️ (@Panthero84) January 15, 2022
Bruno Fernandes did not forget Emi Martinez’s jibes after the missed penalty at Old Trafford. Think they are even now.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) January 15, 2022
HOLD DAT MARTINEZ pic.twitter.com/0N25cz5Z1H
— RiZzy (@RiZzyUTD) January 15, 2022
Manchester United go into the break with a deserved 1-0 lead thanks to that Bruno Fernandes effort in the opening stages. Thoughts on that first half at Villa Park?
Let us know in the comments.
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