Martinez expresses his national pride
Lisandro Martinez has expressed his pride at performing for Argentina once again - this time as a Manchester United player.
Wearing the no.2 shirt at the heart of the defence, 'Licha' helped to keep a clean sheet as a 16th-minute opener by his namesake Lautaro Martinez and a double from iconic forward Lionel Messi secured a comprehensive 3-0 win.
After Friday's win over Honduras, Lisandro tweeted a succinct message - "Pride and happiness every time we represent our country" - and three photos from the game, showing him in the starting line-up, celebrating with team-mates including Messi and making a trademark robust tackle on Honduras midfielder Omar Elvir.
Young striker Alejandro Garnacho hopes to follow in their footsteps after earning several Under-20 caps for the South American giants.
When interviewed after the game by TyC Sports in Argentina, Martinez reflected on his move to United and revealed how he responded to media criticism after the early defeats with his new club.
"To be honest, it’s a dream come true to be playing at such a big club as Manchester United, especially playing in the Premier League, which I think is one of the best leagues in the world," said Lisandro.
"It’s nice to catch the rhythm of the Premier League, so I’m very happy.
"I don't pay attention [to criticism]. I believe in myself, I trust myself. I always work hard every day. That's what's going to give you results at the end."