It was not Swan Lake. But two acts from Honduran striker Saul Martinez in the game against Slovenia, almost earned the prima donna his marching orders from Japanese referee Toru Kamikawa in the opening match of the Carlsberg Cup on Tuesday. Swan-diving in the way he did, Martinez, can count himself lucky he stayed on the pitch. So were the 26,000 fans who watched in wonder as Martinez decided to stop play-acting and get on with the job of scoring four goals in his side's 5-1 demolition of Slovenia. 'I was relieved that the referee only warned me and didn't send me off,' Martinez said afterwards with a twinkle in his eyes. Cheeky as strikers come, it was his twinkle-toes that won him the adulation of the sizeable crowd enjoying the traditional soccer fare in the Lunar New Year tournament. The will-o-the-wisp striker, who plays for Uruguayan league champions Nacional, should be thankful that Kamikawa, one of the handful of Asian referees who will be on show at this summer's World Cup, acted with restraint. In the 18th minute Martinez was booked for diving inside the area. Then a few minutes later, he was seen taking another theatrical tumble. For a heartbeat, it looked like the referee was going to pull-out the red card. But instead all that Martinez received was a severe ticking off. 'The first yellow card was okay. But on the second occasion there was contact with the defender, he tugged my shirt and I fell. I wasn't pretending,' Martinez said. The elusive striker must have realised another perceived misdemeanour would earn him his marching orders. For in the 39th minute he was brought down once again trying to latch on to a long pass, but this time he recovered quickly, shrugged off his marker and rounded Slovenian keeper Marko Simeunovic to knock the ball into an empty goal. Honduras, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the World Cup, went into half-time in front thanks to that goal from Martinez. But that slender lead was quickly nullified by Slovenia's Zlatko Zahovic. The Benfica midfielder knocked in a penalty to raise the hopes of his team. Those hopes were shortlived, however, for Martinez decided to move into overdrive, scoring three goals in the space of 12 minutes. The first of these was a masterpiece. He slid through two tackles and then chipped over the head of the advancing substitute Slovenian goalie Dejan Nemec from the edge of the penalty box into the top right hand corner. Three minutes later he produced a remarkable turn of speed, outpaced his markers and rifled a shot from 15 yards that rocketed past Nemec. Martinez then was on hand to side-foot in a cross from captain Amado Guevara to collect his fourth goal. The blitz left Slovenia shellshocked. Like China, they are also making their World Cup debut this year. They came to Hong Kong hoping for some useful match practice and a boost to their confidence. But instead they were on the receiving end of some magic from Martinez. 'That is the first time I have scored four goals in a match. It is one of my best days,' said the 25-year-old striker who in 1998 had a stint with Miami of Major League Soccer in the US. Last year he scored both goals in his country's 2-0 win over Brazil in the Copa America. If this form continues, it won't be long before Martinez is snapped up by one of the bigger clubs in Europe. Soon after the breathtaking onslaught, he was substituted by namesake Cristian Martinez. He is no relation, but it seemed as if the Martinez name was magic on the day for the sub delivered the coup de grace to the reeling Slovenians, scoring Honduras' fifth goal a minute from the end. Slovenian coach Srecko Katanec was not surprised at the result. 'I did expect something like this. It shows that without strength, you cannot play good soccer,' Katanec said, referring to his side's legion of absent players. Slovenia were missing five players through injury. On top of that, two key midfielders, Zahovic and Miran Pavlin, had arrived only shortly before the game, having flown 20 hours after playing in the big Portuguese league match between Benfica and Porto. 'But it is better to lose like this now, in this friendly, than later at the World Cup,' Katanec said. 'All I can hope is that we learn something from this defeat.' Slovenia are in World Cup Group B with Paraguay, South Africa and Spain. The stunning win was small consolation for Honduras who will miss the party in Japan and South Korea after failing to come through CONCACAF zone qualifying. 'We won the difficult qualifying games away, but lost three games at home and that cost us. But it was still nice to beat Slovenia. They have qualified for the World Cup and we have to respect that,' Honduran coach Ernesto Luzardo said. And Martinez? 'Oh, he was just great today,' Luzardo added. If Martinez gets his act together again, the Hong Kong League XI had better watch out for the prima donna in the final tomorrow.