It will be necessary to count on the Albiceleste in six months during the World Cup in Qatar. Argentina made short work of Italy on Wednesday at Wembley in the Finalissima between the winner of the Copa America and the European champion (3-0). Unleashed, Lionel Messi and his teammates punished a Nazionale without ideas thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez (28th), Angel Di Maria (45th + 1) and Paulo Dybala (90th + 4). It was only a prestigious meeting, but Lionel Scaloni’s men send a message to the competition.
On the London lawn, the Argentinians started the meeting with a lot of desire, like this attempt at a distant lob from Di Maria who did not however worry his future Parisian ex-teammate Gianluigi Donnarumma (2nd). Another PSG player, captain Leo Messi also immediately showed a fierceness and vivacity rarely seen this season in Ligue 1. Following a high recovery on the left, he crashed into the opposing area, resisted the return of Giovanni Di Lorenzo and served Lautaro ideally for an opener from close range (0-1, 28th).
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Italy tried to react in stride but the Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez diverted the axial recovery from Nicolo Barella (30th). This was clearly insufficient and this Nazionale without offensive inspiration remained powerless. Leonardo Bonucci was warned for elbowing Messi in the face during an aerial duel (39th). The central defender was then unable to defend with vigor on Lautaro, who overwhelmed him in front of the halfway line to launch a central counter. The Inter player finally allowed Di Maria to deceive Donnarumma with a small dive in the middle of the zone of truth (0-2, 45th + 1).
On resumption, Roberto Mancini, who was deprived of the injured Marco Verratti, took matters into his own hands. He made three changes and replaced his captain Giorgio Chiellini who had a complicated 117th and last selection and an inglorious farewell. Despite this, the Italians have remained in line with their very disappointing performances in recent months. The absence of the European champions at the next World Cup is anything but a coincidence.
A Messi found
Argentina kept making the game and Donnaruma had to struggle. He narrowly avoided an own goal from Leonardo Bonucci (56th), flew to deflect a curling shot from Di Maria (60th) and pushed back his beautiful axial recovery from 20 meters on a corner from Messi (62nd) before stopping a shot from La Pulga after an incredible rush from 60 meters (65th). Giovani Lo Celso had just missed the wide open goal (64th).
In legs, biting and dribbler, Messi returned to the charge with a new attempt captured by the last Italian rampart (70th). He offered himself a final comeback from the central circle to serve the newcomer Paulo Dybala who worsened the score with a low shot from 20 meters (0-3, 90 + 4).
The French team led by Michel Platini had won the first edition of this intercontinental duel in 1985, the Argentina of Diego Maradona had succeeded him in 1993, that of Messi retains the Artemio-Franchi trophy. She savors and intends to surf on this dynamic and her current series of 32 matches without defeat until the World Cup.
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