International Friendly Report: Argentina v Italy 23 March 2018

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has revealed why he did not feature in his country's worldwide friendly match against Italy at the Etihad stadium on Friday night.

Aguero, who sustained the injury during a City training session and subsequently missed the 2-0 away win at Stoke, has spent this week with his Argentina team-mates while they have been based at the Etihad, but has not taken part in any full training sessions.

Gianluigi Buffon, who has been set to retire from worldwide football, starts in goal and captains di Biagio's first line-up.

And his profligacy was punished in the 75th minute as Banega played a neat one-two with Giovani Lo Celso and fired beyond a stranded Buffon.

Jorge Sampaoli is searching for certainty in Argentina's team selection ahead of the World Cup, as the beaten 2014 finalists prepare to face Spain in Madrid.

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Ten minutes later, Lanzini blasted a shot over two defenders into the top corner, past an outstretched Gianluigi Buffon.

First Nicolas Tagliafico stung his palms and then Buffon thwarted Juventus team-mate Gonzalo Higuain after he was played through by Di Maria.

Italy didn't threaten until early in the second half, when Ciro Immobile took advantage of a defensive error to roll across for Lorenzo Insigne, who blasted over the bar with only goalkeeper Willy Caballero to beat.

Diego Perotti lashed over at the other end but his fellow substitute Banega ended Argentina's frustration by combining excellently with Lo Celso and finding the net with a low effort.

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