Argentina vs Italy result: Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria put on a show in dominant 3-0 win at Wembley Stadium – Sporting News

With five months remaining until the highly anticipated Qatar 2022 tournament is underway, Argentina showed why they will be a candidate to win Lionel Messi’s first World Cup.
Messi and Angel Di Maria put on a show at Wembley Stadium as the Albiceleste dominated European champions Italy in a 3-0 win that was even more comprehensive a victory than was reflected by the final scoreline.
Messi served up Lautaro Martinez for the opener in the 28th minute and then Di Maria chipped Italy’s goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma for the second just before halftime, as Argentina were simply a cut above in a match dubbed the “Finalissima” between the reigning champs of South America and Europe. The match was played at neutral Wembley Stadium in London in front of a crowd that was decidedly pro-Messi and pro-Argentina.
While the first half was a more even affair, it was one-way traffic in the second half as Messi and Di Maria continued to create chance after chance. Only Italian ‘keeper Donnarumma was able to thwart the repeated chances. But he couldn’t stop Paulo Dybala, who slotted home the ball in the 94th minute after a Messi run left him with the ball at his feet in the Italian box. The goal rounded out the score at 3-0.
Italy will not be participating in the 2022 World Cup after missing out for the second straight men’s tournament when they tripped up in the playoffs despite being crowned the best national team in Europe at Euro 2021. A leaky defense and a punchless forward line were the reasons they were embarrassed against North Macedonia, and things didn’t look any better in Giorgio Chiellini’s farewell match, as he was unceremoniously replaced at halftime.
Argentina helped Messi win his first trophy with the senior men’s national team in July 2021 when they won the South American championship (Copa America). They came away with another trophy at Wembley โ€” the Finalissima triumph came with silverware โ€” but they continue to go from strength to strength under manager Lionel Scaloni, extending their current world-best unbeaten streak to 32 matches and counting. The Argentines last lost a match in the 2019 Copa America final against Brazil.
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Argentina’s unbeaten streak extends to 32 straight, the 4th longest streak all time in international soccer ๐Ÿ“ˆ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

How long can they keep it going?
ARG โ€” Lautaro Martinez (Lionel Messi) โ€” 28th min.
ARG โ€” Angel Di Maria (Lautaro Martinez) โ€” 46th+ min.
ARG โ€” Paulo Dybala (Lionel Messi) โ€” 94th+ min.
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A Messi toss will never get old ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Argentina win the #Finalissima! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ†

And they celebrate by throwing Lionel Messi up into the air ๐Ÿ˜‚#ITAARG
94th min.: Goal Argentina! Messi was not done. He was weaving his way through Italy and the ball squirted through to teammate Paulo Dybala, who knew just what to do with it inside the box. It’s 3-0 Argentina.
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Dybala with the exclamation point for Argentina! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

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It’s a third goal for Argentina and it’s no less than their performance has deserved! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Paulo Dybala gets his name on the scoresheet with a beautifully placed finish ๐Ÿ™Œ#ITAARG | #Finalissima
91st min.: SUBS Argentina – Paulo Dybala in for Giovani Lo Celso and Nico Gonzalez replaces Angel Di Maria for a well-earned curtain call.
85th min.: SUBS Argentina – Romero out for Pezzella in central defense and Lautaro Martinez is out for Julian Alvarez.
78th min.: Another frustration foul by the Italians. Nicolo Barella just whacks Di Maria and gets a yellow. Seconds later Gianluca Scamacca gets a chance but he’s way offside.
76th min.: SUB Argentina โ€” Ezequiel Palacios is in for Rodrigo De Paul, who had another great game for the Albiceleste. He’s another big reason why this Argentina team has what it takes to win the World Cup.
70th min.: The Argentines are dancing around the Italians. If it wasn’t for Donnarumma it’d be 4-0 or 5-0. Messi just had another shot on goal. And Di Lorenzo gets a yellow for a foul on Messi. He went after him, a clear frustration foul. Italy are out of it.
MI CAPITรN ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”Ÿ
65th min.: Messi steals the ball from Jorginho in his own half and takes it into the Italy box all by himself, forcing the save from Donnarumma. Messi is inspired and so are Argentina. Incredible statement performance so far.
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This chance from Messi though ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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64th min.: Argentina had a third and missed the chance! Italy coughs up the ball under pressure, Messi fizzes a ball across the box and Giovani Lo Celso hits the side netting all alone.
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Argentina was this close to making it 3-0 ๐Ÿ˜…

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62nd min.: And again Di Maria with another moment of magic! A straight volley on the Argentina corner kick that Donnarumma has to dive to stop. Di Maria is a free agent. His price just went up.
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Imagine if this had gone in ๐Ÿคฏ

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60th min.: Moments after Italian midfielder Manuel Locatelli just pokes the ball at goal, Angel Di Maria nearly crafts a worldie on the other end with a curler that Donnarumma has to tip away for a corner. Angel Di Maria is so important to this team. He can create something out of nothing.
56th min.: Near own goal by Italy! Leonardo Bonucci, who’s now wearing the captain’s armband, sends the ball back to the goalkeeper, but it almost crosses the line. Gigi Donnarumma stopped the ball right on the line. Argentina is on another level.
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This was a close one for Italy ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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Leonardo Bonucci’s backpass very nearly found the back of his own net! ๐Ÿ‘€

Donnarumma had to scramble to spare his centre back’s blushes ๐Ÿ˜ณ#ITARG | #Finalissima
55th min.: Argentina is just knocking the ball around and Italy are getting frustrated and dishing a couple of hard fouls. Italy are playing with three in the back trying to force the issue.
46th min.: Second half is underway with three subs for Italy. Chiellini is out, as are forward Belotti and Bernardeschi. No ovation for Chiellini. Manuel Lazzari, Manuel Locatelli and Gianluca Scamacca are in the match.
Halftime: Argentina deserves its 2-0 lead based on how clinical they were in the attack. Thanks to their lethal trio (Messi, Lautaro and Di Maria), they took advantage of an Italian defense that shows it’s in need of a revamp in Giorgio Chiellini’s farewell match.
This is Argentina’s starting lineup at the World Cup and it’s established, confident and solid. They know what they want to do to hurt the other team. Messi has a real shot for his first World Cup if they can keep playing like this.
46th min.: What a goal by Argentina’s Angel Di Maria! Lautaro Martinez takes it right down the heart of Italy’s defense, and Di Maria at 34 beats the defenders to the ball and chips Gigi Donnarumma, who’s late coming off his line.
Di Maria doubles it for Argentina ๐Ÿ‘#Finalissima
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รngel Di Marรญa gives Argentina a 2-0 lead before half ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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“SUMPTUOUS goal! That is delicious.” ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

A perfect through ball from Lautaro Martรญnez and a delicate dinked finish from Angel Di Marรญa to double Argentina’s lead ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท#ITAARG | #Finalissima
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Angel Di Maria finished it with the chip and it was DELICIOUS ๐Ÿคค

The ball was on a plate from Lautaro Martinez. Di Maria gobbled up the chance. Scrumptious.

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39th min.: Leonardo Bonucci with the elbow into Lionel Messi’s face! He gets a yellow card, but that could easily have been a red. It’s still 11-on-11.
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Bonucci receives a yellow for this elbow to the face on Messi
28th min.: Goal Argentina! Just moments after Messi takes a shot save by Donnarumma, he beats a defender 1-on-1 and serves up a perfect ball for Lautaro Martinez who touches home. Messi abused the Italian right back Giovanni Di Lorenzo.
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ARGENTINA ON TOP ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

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Magic from Lionel Messi as he puts it on a plate for Lautaro Martรญnez to score! ๐Ÿคฉ

Argentina take the lead against Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท#ITAARG | #Finalissima
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๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น #EURO2020 winners vs. Copa America 2021 winners ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท#Finalissima is LIVE on DAZN ๐Ÿฟ
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Lionel Messi’s magic feet made it. Lautaro Martinez finished it off ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

A moment of brilliance from the magician helps put Argentina into the lead.

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21st min.: And that previous Bernardeschi incursion was followed by a set piece into the Argentine box and an Italy header that’s saved high by Dibu Martinez.
19th min.:ย Federico Bernardeschi surprises the Argentina defense down the right side and he’s free to cross it, but Argentina center back Cuti Romero cuts out the cross for a corner. Italy is in a bit more control, Argentina focused on transition.
12th min.: Giacomo Raspadori with the shot from the edge of the box and Dibu Martinez makes the easy stop. First salvo from Italy so far. The pendulum has swung in Italy’s favor over the last five minutes or so.
7th min.: Free kick for Argentina 20 yards out from Italy’s goal and it takes forever before Messi finally shoots, but it amounts to nothing.
La foto que se repite hace 18 aรฑos.
2nd min: Angel Di Maria attempts the lob shot from the halfway line! But it finishes short of the target and goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma had a beat on it the whole way.
1st min.: We’re off. A trophy and Argentina’s 31-match unbeaten streak is on the line. Many would have expected this to be a potential quarterfinal or semifinal at the Qatar World Cup, but Italy were eliminated again at the playoff stage.
Crazy atmosphere at Wembley Stadium.
5 mins from kickoff: Argentina’s national anthem followed by Italy’s. Chiellini’s last time for one of these. He’s provided some epic anthem moments over the years.
Luca Pellegrini representando todos nรณs ๐Ÿฅน๐Ÿฅน๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ˜ El himno argentino en Wembley
7 mins from kickoff: Before the anthems, Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini is honored ahead of his final match.
L’ultima partita con gli #Azzurri del nostro capitano, #Chiellini. Grazie per esserlo stato!#italiaargentina #finalissima
10 mins from kickoff: The teams are in the tunnel and ready to take the field at Wembley Stadium.
120 mins from kickoff: Another reason this match will be memorable — it’s the final match in the Azzurri blue for an Italian legend, defender Giorgio Chiellini, who’s next expected to make the move to play in the USA.
The end of an era! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

๐Ÿ”ต Giorgio Chiellini will retire from international football following tonight’s 2022 #Finalissima meeting Argentina at Wembley.

๐Ÿ‘ If he plays, he’ll bow out as Italy’s joint-fourth most capped player in history, level on 117 with Daniele De Rossi.
Juventus captain Chiellini will make an emotional 117th and final appearance for Italy at the heart of their defence.
Italy’s side is likely to look familiar to fans who watched their EURO 2021 campaign but look out for a couple of newcomers: 23-year-old Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca has been linked with Premier League clubs Arsenal and West Ham and will be hoping to get some time to impress.
No Verratti, Chiesa, Insigne, Immobile, Zaniolo or Berardi for Italy (for various reasons). All could easily be starters.
Italy lineup (4-3-3):ย 21-Donnarumma (GK) โ€” 2-Giovanni Di Lorenzo, 19-Bonucci, 3-Chiellini, 13-Emerson โ€” 18-Barella, 8-Jorginho, 12-Pessina โ€” 22-Raspadori, 9-Belotti, 10-Bernardeschi
Italy subs (12): 1-Alessio Cragno, 14-Alex Meret, 6-Manuel Lazzari, 7-Alessandro Florenzi, 15-Francesco Acerbi, 23-Alessandro Bastoni, 4-Leonardo Spinazzola, 5-Manuel Locatelli, 16-Bryan Cristante, 20-Lorenzo Pellegrini, 17-Gianluca Scamacca, 11-Matteo Politano
Argentina’s lineup will be bidding to extend the nation’s unbeaten run to 32 matches, lasting almost three years.
Angel Di Maria has played his final game for PSG, but is immediately reunited with Messi on the international stage.
Argentina starting lineup (4-3-3):ย 23-E. Martinez (GK) โ€” 4-Nahuel Molina, 13-Cristian Romero, 19-Nicolas Otamendi, 3-Nicolas Tagliafico โ€” 7-Rodrigo De Paul, 18-Guido Rodriguez, 20-Giovani Lo Celso โ€” 10-Lionel Messi (capt), 22-Lautaro Martinez, 11-Angel Di Maria
Argentina subs (12):ย 1-Armani, 12-Rulli, 2-Foyth, 16-Li. Martinez, 5-Mac Allister, 6-Pezzella, 8-Acuna, 14-Palacios, 17-Gomez, 15-N. Gonzalez, 9-Alvarez, 21-Dybala
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UK:ย The match will be broadcast in the UK on Premier Sports.
USA: The match will be televised by FS1, which is streamed on fuboTV. A Spanish-language stream will be available on Univision platform ViX.
Canada:ย Fans in Canada can watch the Argentina vs. Italy match live and on demand on DAZN.
Australia:ย Optus Sport in Australia will carry the Finalissima.


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