(British local time at 19:45 on the 23rd), Argentina warmed up at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, eventually defeating Italy 2-0. In the first half, Buffon saved Higuain from being single-handedly. In the second half, Barnega came off the bench to break the deadlock; assisted by Higuain, Lanzini scored the goal for the national team FIFA Coins.
This is the 15th clash in the history of the two teams. Argentina has been unbeaten against Italy since June 1987. The most recent clash was a 2 to 1 victory in the 2013 warm-up match. Both Dybala and Icardi were not selected. Messi was slightly injured during training. Aguero suffered a knee injury and the two watched in the stands. Currently, Iguain (22), who is currently ranked in the top two in the Serie A scorer, directly competes with Inmobilai (24 goals). Locelso gains performance opportunities. Parredes played in the former Roma midfielder. Chelsea old goalkeeper Caballero staged the debut of the national team.
The Italian team that missed the World Cup for the first time since 1958 has started a new journey. After Ventura finished, U21 team coach Debijao took up the post, and he recruited Buffon who had not decided whether to retire at the end of the season. Chiellini and Romagnoli missed the match and Lugani’s third national team debuted partnering with Bonucci. Florentz and Desilio guard the two wings. In the midfield, Rugno and veteran Parrolo beat Cristal and Pellegrini. The 20-year old Little Chiesa made his debut and formed Trident with Inmubiel and Insini.
Italy is dressed in a special jersey commemorating Astori. “Davide (Astory) is always with us on the chest.” A 1-minute silence before the game. In the opening five minutes, Fazio passed the ball and Dimalia’s left oblique shot was confiscated by Buffon. With a free kick from the left of Insine, Parrolo hits the top. Di Maria left corner, Otamendi headed nine meters in front of the goal, Buffon line horizontally sealed the lower left corner! Di Maria passed a ball to the left corner of the penalty area and was blocked by Lugani’s body. Paredes missed the left post at 30 meters in front of the door.
Before the end of the first half, Argentina won consecutive opportunities. Dimaliya scored the ball on the edge of the penalty zone, and Taliafiko’s left foot shot 12 meters from the left side was blocked by Buffon. Higuain turned around to protect the ball, Di Maria passed through the left side of the penalty area, and Iguain pushed forward with a single-handedly 7 meters in front of the goal. Buffon rushed to the goal slowly and the door line was cleared by Lugani! In the first half of the season, Italy did not have a shot, while Argentina shot 6 shots 4 times.
In the second half, when 99 seconds began, Italy scored almost the first goal and Parredes made an error in the sideline, because Mobilei’s right rib broke the ball and knocked to the edge of the penalty zone. As a result, Sinière missed 10 meters in front of the goal. Post post! Argentina immediately returned with color, and Di Maria passed on the left side of the restricted area. Lanzini headed the ball 7 meters in front of the goal. Begliah’s pass, Di Maria left foot volley 25 meters in front of the door was Buffon side flapping out of the lower right corner. Villati Road sent out the top of the ball, because Mobilai left foot outside the back of the penalty, in front of the door 6 meters at a small angle from the left foot Tuijiao Caballero leg blocked the bottom line!
Italy also replaced Zappa Costa, Pellegrini and Candreva. If Rignou moves to the right, Candreva is 23 meters in front of the door and Kabileiro struggles to resolve. Barnega and Perotti played and replaced Paredes and Di Maria. Caballero once again made a wonderful save, Verati made a long pass in the middle of the game. Insini’s anti-threshold was stopped on the chest and the left side of the penalty zone was 9 meters from the door and was shot by Caballero. Pellegrini’s pass and Ragnon’s volley from the front of the door 25 meters is too positive. Kaballero gets the ball.
Kristante replaced Verati. Italy is not far from the corner, and Perrotti hits the left side of the penalty zone. Kutroone replaced Immobile. Argentina breaks the deadlock in the 75th minute! After losing the ball in Italy’s backcourt, Barnega and Losolsol played with the kick wall, and the front left corner of the penalty zone accurately entered the lower right corner, 1-0.
Pavon replaced Locelso. Pellegrini cuts off Bigglio’s pass and faces the empty goal! With Iguain’s ball, Perroti’s left-hand side of the penalty zone was blocked by Buffon’s foot. The 85th minute of Argentina expanded the score! Iguain scored the ball back to hit the ball, Lanzini left the left corner of the restricted area into the upper left corner, 2 to 0. Belotti replaced Jrzygno; Mercado replaced Bustos. Before the game ended, Lugani missed 30 meters in front of the goal. Argentina eventually won 2-0.