Lionel Messi has stated that Emiliano Martínez and Gerónimo Rulli helped him with his penalty kick vs. Croatia in the semi final of the World Cup.
Messi scored for Argentina in their 3-0 win vs. Croatia and it was a penalty kick. Croatian goalkeeper Livakovic had previously saved penalty kicks against Brazil and was high on confidence. Messi spoke with TyC Sports regarding his penalty kick. Here is what he had to say:
“I was taking penalty kicks yesterday and just as they study us, we study them too. I spoke with Rulli and Martínez and that he was a goalkeeper who waited a lot.
“The truth is that the goalkeeper came with a lot of confidence in the penalty kicks and us, with Rulli, he told us that sometimes he slows down and goes to one side and that he stands still and blocks the low shots very well. And to be precise somewhere high.”