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Argentina vs Italy Live Score and Commentary, pre World Cup 2018 International Friendly

Argentina 2 - 0 Italy (Banega 74', Lanzini 86')
Updated: 24 March 2018 03:06 IST - Published: 23 March 2018 23:59 IST
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PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! THAT, THEN, IS VERY MUCH THAT

ARGENTINA BEAT ITALY WITH TWO CLINICAL FINISHES FROM BANEGA AND LANZINI, WHILE ITALY PAY FOR THEIR LAXITY IN FRONT OF GOAL - MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN THAT SHOWER AGAINST SWEDEN, THOUGH

Moral of the story?

1. Without Leo Messi, Argentina are just another team
2. Whoever had a say in the FIGC appointing Giampiero Ventura, and voted yes, SHOULD GET SACKED. By God. 

That's all from me Anirudh Menon. 

Toodle-ooo!
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90' AH WELL, Why not. Pellegrini picks up the ball from 40 + yards and lets one fly. It's on the way to Rome right now
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89' Jorge Sampaoli really wants that clean sheet does he not?
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88' Perotti almost sneaks into the penalty box, but Rugani does superbly to hold him and win a cheap foul off the Roma man. Argentina make their 4th change as the excellent debutante Bustos goes off for Gabriel Mercado
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87' That was ruthless from the Argentines and they are now passing it around a dispirited bunch of Italian footballers. Sigh. 
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WOOOOOOFFFFFF! Italy attacked, Argentina counter 3 v 3; Higuain plays a simple ball out to Manuel Lanzini who absolutely leathered one in from just outside the box. 

Just before that Buffon had saved sensationally from a Perotti close-range shot to start the Italian attack

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86' GOOOOOOOOOOAL! LANZINIIIIIIIIIII!
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84' OH HO HO! PELLEGRINI! CABELLERO PLAYS A LOOSE LOOSE BALL TO OTAMENDI WHOSE ATTEMPTED PASS OUT THE BACK IS INTERCEPTED BY A STEAMING PELLEGRINI TACKLE... AND THE BALL BOUNCES JUST WIDE OFF THE EMPTY GOAL
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83' Cutrone wins a smart foul off Perrotti and the Argentine's Roman teammate Pellegrini tries to take it early; but can only find Otamendi's boots
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81' Cutrone's played in by a neat little Jorginho ball; but Otamendi reads the line well and steps up just in time to catch the young Milanese offside
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80' Otamendi's pressurised into a loose pass toward Insigne, but he's outmuscled easily by a backtracking Higuain and Argentina look to knock it around safely once again
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78' Italy are pressing Argentine high up the pitch, but Zappacosta gives away a cheap foul on Perrotti
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75' Pavon comes on for Lo Celso as Sampaoli looks to give his other young uns a run out
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Banega plays a lovely one-two with Lo Celso before smacks one past the wrong-footed Buffon from outside the box. Lovely, lovely, goal from a lovely, lovely player
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74' GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! BANEGAAAAAAAAA!
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73' Another corner for Argentina as Perotti whips one in and Bonucci passes it out. Di Biagio takes a roll of the dice as he replaces Immobile with PATRICK "CUTROZAGHI" CUTRONE 
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71' Perotti wins a corner off Zappacosta.... Verratti limps off to be replaced by Bryan Cristante. From the corner, Perrotti absolutely leathers one high into the stands. Good looking shot, though
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70' Higuain kills another move by hogging onto the ball for a bit too long; Italy break through Candreva, he lays it off to Immobile, but the Lazio man's pass is horrible.
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68' OH! TERRIFIC, TERRIFIC Ball from Verratti plays in Insigne who tries to bend it into the far corner, but Cabellero us up to it. The ball bounces out to Pellegrini who whacks it, but straight at the Argentine keeper
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67' OOO! Jorginho plays an absolute corker of a ball off-balance and being pulled down by Banega - Insigne can't make the most of it though. 
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66' Yeah, Messi ain't coming on, is he?
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65' Higuain handles the ball on the half-line and kills an interesting looking Argentina counter
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62' Argentina make a change as Perrotti is thrown on for the ever-excellent Di Maria. Banega is on for Paredes too. 
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61' Insigne then tees up Candreva, who whacks it at goal; but Cabellero calmly palms it away with a nicely timed dive. 
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60' Florenzi, Parolo, Chiesa, off; Zappacosta, Pellegrini, Candreva in. On the field, Insigne tries to play in Immobile but just overhits it