Wed 14 December 2022 | 11:19

Emiliano Martinez calms Messi injury fears ahead of World Cup final

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez says Lionel Messi will be fit for Sunday's World Cup final.


 reached the final after a 3-0 victory against


on Tuesday. This is Argentina’s sixth world Cup final. They won the World Cup two times in 1978 and 1986.

The 35-year-old

Lionel Messi

scored his 11th World Cup goal against Croatia to become Argentina’s all-time World Cup top scorer.

Messi touched his hamstring a few times during the game but Emiliano Martinez said he is not injured and will be ready for the final.

"No, no [he's not injured],"

Martinez said.

"We played 120 minutes against Holland, it was a hard game for him, but you can see he wants to finish every game. Physically he's really good and he's man of the match every game."

Argentina came to the World Cup with a 36-game unbeaten run but they lost against Saudi Arabia in their first game in Qatar. Messi and his teammates managed to beat Mexico and Poland to qualify for the knockout stage. Lionel Scaloni’s side also beat Australia and the Netherlands to reach the semi-final.

"I can't believe it we lost the first game all of sudden everything was upside down we lost the 36-game unbeaten run,"

the Aston Villa keeper added.

"Mexico the first half was a bit sloppy everyone wanted us to lose, everyone wanted us to lose. We're all fighters and we've got 45million Argentinians all behind us.

"We feel the crowd on the streets every time we play we feel like we are at home we are so happy to have them."

Argentina will face either France or Morocco in the final on Sunday and Martinez said he has no preference.

"They both had an incredible run they both different teams both really whoever comes it's a World Cup final and know it's going to be hard,"

he said.

source: SportMob

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