Emi Martinez produces ‘greatest save of all-time’ to deny France in 123rd minute

Emiliano Martínez produced the 'greatest save of all-time' to gift Lionel Messi his first World Cup trophy in his final chance.

With just seconds left on the clock, and the score level at 3-3, Randal Kolo Muani found himself through on goal. However, the Aston Villa star was quick off his line and made himself big to keep Argentina alive and penalties a possibility.

Martinez would then bat away Kingsley Coman's spot-kick, and his antics saw Aurelien Tchouameni blast the ball wide. Gonzalo Montiel sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way to crown Argentina champions of the world for the third time.

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One fan tweeted: "Martinez will be remembered for his penalty shootout heroics in this World Cup final but this last-gasp save to deny Randal Kolo Muani was the moment that changed everything for Argentina!"

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"This is the play. Save by Martinez with no time left to save the game for Argentina. It won’t be remembered the way it should," a second added. While a third tweeted: "Thank you for the greatest save in football history, Emiliano Martinez."

"That 123rd-minute save by Emilio Martinez deserves everything," a fourth said.

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Martinez also won the Golden Glove of the tournament – and he quickly produced an x-rated gesture when awarded the trophy.

The Argentine took his Golden Glove and placed it below his belt in front of the FIFA delegates, and to the delight of football fans.

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