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Argentina See Off Italy Without Messi & Aguero

International Friendly Report: Argentina v Italy 23 March 2018

By SL International - Mar 24, 2018 12:11 AM

International Friendly 

Result: Argentina 2-0 Italy

Date: 23 March 2018

Venue: Etihad

Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, registered a 2-0 win over Italy at the Etihad Stadium on Friday evening.

Nicolas Otamendi nearly gave Argentina the lead after 17 minutes with a header at the near post but Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made a great save to deny the defender.

In the 36th minute, Angel Di Maria carved out a chance for the White and Blues on the left side of the box with a shot from a tight angle that was brilliantly saved by Buffon.

Gonzalo Higuain nearly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time after being sent through by Di Maria but his low strike was turned away by Buffon as the half ended goalless.

Higuain and Di Maria combined again five minutes into the second half, with the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder finding the Juventus striker with a cross inside the area but his header missed inches over the bar.

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne made a brilliant run with 20 minutes left before unleashing a low shot towards the near post but Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero was alert and made the save.

Ever Banega eventually broke the deadlock for Argentina 15 minutes before time with a cool finish after playing a tricky one-two with Giovani Lo Celso inside the box, 1-0.

Manuel Lanzini sealed the win five minutes before time by netting his first senior goal for Argentina with a fierce strike after he was set up by Higuain inside the box.


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Qondeni Mar 24, 2018 09:41 AM
Well done
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spanish laligabbva Mar 24, 2018 06:49 AM
Well done Argentina my soccer10 ticket will bost me by R9000.00 thanx guys u played without masesi where az KING CR7 score a bracee
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link&iviwe Mar 24, 2018 06:48 AM
Yes argentine must learn to play and win with out messi good for them i hope and spain friendly will sit him out just to test banega ,lamela ,lanzini,pastore and others that is not one man nation portugal showed in euro final they can absurt anyone with so called avaraged team no ronaldo they won europian nations competition

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