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

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedMar 24, 2018 03:06 IST

Argentina 2 - 0 Italy (Banega 74', Lanzini 86')

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03:06 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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!

03:04 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

03:02 (IST)24 MAR 2018

89' Jorge Sampaoli really wants that clean sheet does he not?

03:02 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

03:01 (IST)24 MAR 2018

87' That was ruthless from the Argentines and they are now passing it around a dispirited bunch of Italian footballers. Sigh. 

03:00 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:58 (IST)24 MAR 2018

86' GOOOOOOOOOOAL! LANZINIIIIIIIIIII!

02:58 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:57 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:55 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:54 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:52 (IST)24 MAR 2018

78' Italy are pressing Argentine high up the pitch, but Zappacosta gives away a cheap foul on Perrotti

02:51 (IST)24 MAR 2018

75' Pavon comes on for Lo Celso as Sampaoli looks to give his other young uns a run out

02:49 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:48 (IST)24 MAR 2018

74' GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! BANEGAAAAAAAAA!

02:48 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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 

02:45 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:44 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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.

02:42 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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

02:41 (IST)24 MAR 2018

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. 

02:39 (IST)24 MAR 2018

66' Yeah, Messi ain't coming on, is he?

02:38 (IST)24 MAR 2018

65' Higuain handles the ball on the half-line and kills an interesting looking Argentina counter

02:37 (IST)24 MAR 2018

62' Argentina make a change as Perrotti is thrown on for the ever-excellent Di Maria. Banega is on for Paredes too. 

02:35 (IST)24 MAR 2018

61' Insigne then tees up Candreva, who whacks it at goal; but Cabellero calmly palms it away with a nicely timed dive. 

02:35 (IST)24 MAR 2018

60' Florenzi, Parolo, Chiesa, off; Zappacosta, Pellegrini, Candreva in. On the field, Insigne tries to play in Immobile but just overhits it

02:33 (IST)24 MAR 2018

59' OH CIRO! OH CIRO! Verratti does brilliantly to pick out Immobile down the left, but his shot is well-saved one-on-one by Caballero. The subsequent corner is rubbish

02:32 (IST)24 MAR 2018

58' OW! CHIESA! INSIGNE! The young Florentine played in a sublime ball after Parolo played him into the box, but Cabellero did do ever so well to drop on Insgine's feet and stop a simple tap-in

02:31 (IST)24 MAR 2018

56' Di Maria races at, and past, Florenzi before lifting one into the box, where Lanzini's first-time volley smashes into D Sciglio. Di Maria takes a pop then from thirty yards. Gigi looks at it contemptuously before gathering it easily 

02:30 (IST)24 MAR 2018

55' Jorginho and Veratti take it in turns to try and play in De Sciglio down the left; both of them fail. The Etihad rings out with chants of MESSI MESSI MESSI. 

I;m joining in here MESSI MESSI MESSI!

02:28 (IST)24 MAR 2018

54' Lanzini and Bustos play some neat, neat football down the right as they try to play their way into the Italian box, but Jorginho gets a leg in; and that's that. The half-empty Etihad are doing the Mexican wave now

02:26 (IST)24 MAR 2018

52' Chiesa goes down as a he gets runs slam-bang into Biglia; who gave him a nice little stomp in the process. The ref blows his whistle to get the young man some treatment

02:25 (IST)24 MAR 2018

51' Much better six minutes of football already. Insigne tries to tee up Jorginho on the edge of the box, via a Parolo dummy, but Lo Celso sniffs out the danger and comes back to rob the Napoli midfielder. Did no one shout "MAN ON" or "MAN ON YOU" or something of the sort?

02:24 (IST)24 MAR 2018

50' OH! WHAT A MISS! LANZINI THIS TIME! Higuain motors away after a loose Jorginho pass hands him possession. He feeds Di Maria, who curls it onto Lanzini's forehead - free and five yards out, he heads it well over Buffon's crossbar. 

02:22 (IST)24 MAR 2018

49' OOOOOOH! MY GOOD LORD! HOW DID INSIGNE MISS THIS! Immobile does so well to run at the Argentine defence and play in Insigne; one-on-one with the keeper, he absolutely smashes it past him, and PAST HIS FAR POST! WHAT A MISS!

02:21 (IST)24 MAR 2018

48' OOOO! INTERESTING BALL! He pushes it deep into the Argentine box, the ball flying centimetres above a leaping Bonucci, and Cabellero punches it clear

02:20 (IST)24 MAR 2018

47' Insigne gets it again down the left and he plays a couple of nice passes with Verratti before the PSG man gets pulled down. Insigne will take the freekick from the left touchline

02:19 (IST)24 MAR 2018

46' Insigne tries to find space down the left; but he's strayed offside. 

02:19 (IST)24 MAR 2018

PEEP! WE ARE OFF AGAIN!

02:04 (IST)24 MAR 2018

PEEP! HALFTIME! ARGENTINA 0 - 0 ITALY 

This second half could do with some more consistency; at the moment it's spurts of magic that Argentina haven't been able to capitalise on

02:03 (IST)24 MAR 2018

45' Argentina look much more a Sampaoli side than ever before....OH MY GOOD LORD! WOOF! DI MARIA PLAYS IN A PASS OF ABSOLUTE MAGIC, HIGUAIN TIMES HIS RUN SUPERBLY BEHIND FLORENZI, SHOOTS LOW AT GIGI, BUT SUPERMAN GETS A STRONG HAND ON IT! GREAT, GREAT FOOTBALL BY ALL THREE

02:02 (IST)24 MAR 2018

44' OOOO! Tagliafico bombs forward and gets on the end of some exceptional rat-a-tat passing from Lo Celso, Higuain and Di Maria - but his thunderous shot is well saved by Buffon at his near post. 

02:01 (IST)24 MAR 2018

43' It's all Argentina at the moment, as Italy retreat deeper and deeper into their own half. 

02:00 (IST)24 MAR 2018

42' Argentina press Italy forward but a Bonucci interception sets Insgine off on his scooter. The Neapolitan tries a one-two off Immobile, but the excellent Otamendi reads it perfectly and carries Argentina back forward

01:59 (IST)24 MAR 2018

41' Jorginho plays the ball out to Di Biagio on the touchline and the Italian coach goes absolutely ballistic. 

01:58 (IST)24 MAR 2018

40' OOO! Chiesa finds himself free on the right again, but Parolo can't find him as Biglia slams into a no-holds barred challenge. Fair. But tough

01:57 (IST)24 MAR 2018

39' OOOO! LEANDRO PAREDES THWACKS ONE FROM THIRTY PLUS YARDS OUT... AND IT ARROWS NARROWLY WIDE OFF BUFFON'S RIGHT HAND POST

01:55 (IST)24 MAR 2018

37' OOO! Offside! A loose pass from Bonucci enables Lo Celso to lift a neat ball into Higuain - but Pipita's strayed offside... wouldn't have mattered as Buffon had raced off his line to hack it clear

01:54 (IST)24 MAR 2018

36' Di Maria screams at the Italian defence again, a furiously backtracking Florenzi is panicking visibly; but Di Maria's pass/shot across the face of the goal is useless

01:53 (IST)24 MAR 2018

35' Jorginho and Veratti Napoli their way out of the box; but Florenzi kills it with a useless crossfield straight to Bustos

01:52 (IST)24 MAR 2018

34' Di Maria's having a ball. He torments Chiesa again, takes it past him, takes it past Parolo, then smacks it into the body of Bonucci. 
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