* The two spectacular saves ofdra Martínez in the victory of Aston Villa
On his return to the Premier League after having defended the colors of the Argentine national team on the double date of South American Qualifiers, Emiliano Martinez had a great performance and was key in the victory for 2-0 of the Aston Villa in view of Brighton for the 12th date of the contest. Dibu He starred in two spectacular saves that allowed him to keep zero on his fence and then his teammates were in charge of scoring the goals that gave the victory to the team that had the debut of Steven Gerrard as a coach.
The first outstanding intervention of the Argentine goalkeeper came 30 minutes into the first half. After a good collective move by the visiting team that started on the left, it was Leandro Trossard who after a rebound ended up finishing the goal from the vertex of the small area. For the first post, the former Arsenal appeared well placed to repel that powerful shot.
Already at the end of the stage the second great save of Dibu: again the play came from the left, but this time the ball crossed the entire area to reach the position of Tariq Lamptey, who came to the race to shoot the archer. Martínez came out at full speed, spread his arms wide and managed to reject the rival’s attempt. In this way, the game went 0-0 at halftime.
Aston Villa was going to find victory in the final moments of a match in which it seemed that no one was going to be able to unbalance. About 84 ′, Ollie Watkins he made a wonderful individual play, got into the area and hooked towards the middle to take a precise shot that became 1-0. Five minutes later, Tyron Mings sealed the final 2-0 from a ball that the defense rejected short.
Steven Gerrard he fulfilled the maxim of football that says that “coach who makes his debut wins” and, with this victory, Aston Villa left behind a string of five falls in a row. In addition, it came to 13 points and managed to break away from the relegation places to be in the 15th position. Brighton, by contrast, was left with 17 units and he missed a magnificent chance to get into qualifying positions for the European cups.
The compact Aston Villa 2- Brighton 0: