The Argentine and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez ripped into the Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz in his post match interview.
I just hope for the 30 year old Argentine goalkeeper that he doesn’t get a ban for this, in his opinion the referee might have been poor but probably best not to publicly critics him.
It was an incredible game of football that went all the way to penalties and the Spanish official had a big job on his hands and handed out quite a lot of yellow cards. See Emiliano Martinez interview below.
The South American’s get set to take on Croatia in their next game the semi-final of the World Cup. That is going to be a cracker.
“It was a tricky game and I thought we controlled the game really well.
“We went 2-0 up, we basically controlled the game and the referee was giving everything to them.
“All of a sudden they got a good header, a good flick, which I couldn’t see and then it turned upside-down.
“The ref was giving everything to them. He gave ten minutes [added time] for no reason, ten minutes.
“He was giving free-kicks outside the box for them two or three times – he just wanted them to score, that’s basically it.
“So hopefully we don’t have that referee anymore because he’s useless.”
Asked about the penalty shoot-out, Martinez said: “I heard Van Gaal saying that in a penalty shoot-out they had the advantage, or if we went to penalties then they would win – I think he needs to keep his mouth shut.”
Argentina sealed qualification to the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup by beating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout.
Tempers ran high in a contest that was played both on a physical and a psychological level, with Lionel Messi making the headlines for his comments on not only Louis van Gaal but also his gesture towards Wout Weghorst.