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Paulo Dybala reveals Emi Martinez’s vital advice on penalties

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By Sean Walsh

Paulo Dybala has revealed that Emi Martinez gave him crucial advice before scoring the decisive penalty in Argentina’s final win against France.

The Albiceleste won their third title \ – the first in 36 years – after an intense penalty shootout on Sunday, with all four Argentine shooters converting.

Dybala was brought on as an added-time substitute after missing much of the tournament with injury, and the Roma star opened up to the prospect of preparing for the shoot-out, with a little help from his goalkeeper.

“When the coach called me to go forward, I knew it was for penalties,” said Dybala. “And so I had to try to be as calm as possible. It’s not easy because you don’t play a World Cup final every day.

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“It took me a long time to reach the ball. It couldn’t have been longer. I had spoken to Dibu [Martinez]. She advised me to shoot the center after they missed. They always dive. I was about to go wide, the goalkeeper dived that way, but I heard what my colleague said.

“I changed at the last minute. I listened to Dibu because they made a mistake before me and he told me to go to the centre, shoot there and it was a goal.”

Dybala took ArgentinaThe second kick on penalties, right after Lionel Messi. Leandro Paredes and Gonzalo Montiel followed one another to seal the victory.

This article was originally posted on 90min.com as Paulo Dybala reveals Emi Martinez’s vital advice on penalties.