BEN PENGETAUAN,CNN Indonesia | Saturday, 24/03/2018 04:38 WIB
Jakarta (ANTARA News / AFP) - Argentina booked a victory over the Italian national team in a test match at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on Friday (23/3) local time.
Without Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Argentina troubles Italy especially Gianluigi Buffon.
In the first half, Argentina got many chances through Angel at Maria, Nicolas Otamendi, Leandro Paredes, Nicolas Tagliafico and Gonzalo Higuain. But no goals are created, one of them thanks to the reliability of Buffon.
|Gonzalo Higuain faces Leonardo Bonnuci in a test match between Argentina and Italy. (REUTERS / Phil Noble)|
Argentina dominated the first half. La Celeste recorded the ball as much as 60 percent and fired as many as five times that four of them lead to the goal.
While Italy who has a 40 percent ball possession does not threaten the Argentine goalkeeper who was captured by Willy Caballero.
The Italian national team recalled Davide Astori before the game against Argentina begins. The Italians remember Davide Astori before the game against Argentina begins. (REUTERS / Phil Noble)
Changes occurred in the second half. Italy almost scored in the 49th minute. Paredes's mistake was almost used by Ciro Imobile to score. But the Lazio player failed to take advantage of the opportunity to face one on one with Willy Caballero.
|Italy national team remember Davide Astori before the game against Argentina begins. (REUTERS / Phil Noble)|
The Chelsea goalkeeper could not relax like in the first half. Action cut the bait diperawakan Caballero at the same time making the Italian front line must find other ways to score goals.
In the 68th minute Caballero returned to action to throw himself down to save the net from Marco Veratti kick.
Italian failure to change scores from various opportunities must be paid handsomely when the game leaves 15 minutes.
Ever Banega's left-foot shot near the penalty line completed a one-two deal with Giovani Lo Celso. Buffon made a dead step and just stared at the ball rolling into the net.
Five minutes before the game broke up, Argentina scored his second goal. Higuain took advantage of the counterattack situation. The Juventus player quickly drove the ball to Manuel Lanzini.
From around the same spot as Banega's goal-scoring position, Lanzini fired a tight ball into the right-hand corner of the goal. Buffon's effort drove the ball unsuccessfully and the score became 2-0.
The composition of the Argentine national team players: Cabellero; Bustos, Otamendi, Fazio, Tagliafico; Paredes, Biglia, Lo Celso; Lanzini, Di Maria, Higuain
The composition of the Italian national team players: Buffon; Florenzi, Bonucci, Rugani, De Sciglio; Parolo, Verratti, Jorginho; Chiesa, Immobile, Insigne (nva)