Football: Lively Argentina sink Italy in lively friendly
ROME (REUTERS) - Argentina made light of the absence of injured striker Lionel Messi to beat Italy 2-1 in an entertaining friendly in Rome on Wednesday.
The South Americans dominated the early stages at a half-full Olympic Stadium and Gonzalo Higuain put them ahead after 20 minutes with a curling shot after a sloppy error by Daniele De Rossi.
Argentina went 2-0 up when substitute Ever Banega fired home a fierce low shot from the edge of the area just three minutes after coming on at the start of the second half.
Lorenzo Insigne pulled one back for Italy against the run of play with a sweetly-struck curling shot from outside the area on 76 minutes, setting up a spirited finale by the hosts who finally exerted some pressure.