Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez knocked out in Colombia vs Argentina
Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez suffered an injury scare during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Tuesday, briefly being knocked out after a heavy fall.
The former Arsenal star, playing just his second game for his country in their 2-2 draw against Colombia, went up to claim the ball under a challenge from Everton defender Yerry Mina but landed on his head just before half time.
Martinez received medical attention on the pitch as concern grew for the 28-year-old, and he was eventually stretchered off and replaced with Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin.
Lionel Scaloni's men had raced into an early 2-0 lead in their World Cup qualifier against the Colombians, with Cristian Romero netting after three minutes and Leandro Paredes adding a second just five minutes later.
But after Martinez was withdrawn the home side rallied after the break - with Luis Muriel slotting away a penalty before Miguel Borja equalising with the final kick of the game.
Martinez insists he is 'fine' after being taken off, even if it left a 'bitter taste' to be substituted during a proud moment in his career - and later discovering the team had failed to secure the victory.