Italy 0-3 Argentina: Messi and Di Maria shine in an impressive Finalissima victory

Lautaro Martinez celebrates to score the opening goal of Argentina
Martinez scored his 20th international goal to give Argentina the lead against Italy at Wembley

Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria shone as Argentina defeated Italy at Wembley in the Finalissima – a renewal of the competition between the European and South American champions.

Messi’s run and cross set up the opener for Lautaro Martinez, who then became a supplier for Di Maria to peddle a second.

Substitute Paulo Dybala rounded out a nice win in injury time.

Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini played the first half of what was his 118th and final international match.

The competition is the first between the two continental champions in 29 years.

It is a revival of the Artemio Franchi Cup, which has been contested twice before – in 1985, when France defeated Uruguay and in 1993, when Argentina defeated Denmark on penalties.

More to follow.

Alignments

Italy

Formation 4-3-3

  • 21G Donnarumma
  • 2Di LorenzoReserved for 72 minutes
  • 19BonucciReserved for 39 minutes
  • 3ChielliniReplaced byLazzariat 45 ‘minutes
  • 13EmersonReplaced bySticksat 77 ‘minutes
  • 12PesinoReplaced bySpinachat 62 ‘minutes
  • 8Jorginho
  • 18BarellaReserved at 77 minutes
  • 10BernardeschiReplaced byLocatelliat 45 ‘minutes
  • 9BelottiReplaced byScamaccaat 45 ‘minutes
  • 22Scrapers

Substitutes

  • 1Cragno
  • 4Spinach
  • 5Locatelli
  • 6Lazzari
  • 7Florence
  • 11Politano
  • 14Meret
  • 15Acerbi
  • 16Kristante
  • 17Scamacca
  • 20Pilgrims
  • 23Sticks

Argentina

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Martinez
  • 4Molina
  • 13RomeroReplaced byPezzellaat 85 ‘minutes
  • 19OtamendiReserved for 22 minutes
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 7of PaulReplaced byPalacesat 76 ‘minutes
  • 18Rodriguez
  • 11Di MaríaReplaced byGonzálezat 90 + 1 ‘minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 20Lo CelsoReplaced byDybalaat 90 + 1 ‘minutes
  • 22MartinezReplaced byAlvarezat 85 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Armani
  • 2Foyth
  • 5Mac Allister
  • 6Pezzella
  • 8Coins
  • 9Alvarez
  • 12Rollers
  • 14Palaces
  • 15González
  • 16Martinez
  • 17Gomez
  • 21Dybala

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