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

Lautaro Martinez celebrates scoring Argentina's opening goal
Martinez scored his 20th international goal to give Argentina the lead against Italy at Wembley

Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria shone as Argentina beat Italy at Wembley in the Finalissima – a renewal of the contest between the champions of Europe and South America.

Messi’s run and cross set up the opener for Lautaro Martinez, who then turned provider for Di Maria to chip a second.

Substitute Paulo Dybala rounded off a handsome win in injury time.

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

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

It is a revival of the Artemio Franchi Cup, competed for twice before – in 1985, when France beat Uruguay and in 1993, when Argentina beat Denmark on penalties.

More to follow.

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 21G Donnarumma
  • 2Di LorenzoBooked at 72mins
  • 19BonucciBooked at 39mins
  • 3ChielliniSubstituted forLazzariat 45′minutes
  • 13EmersonSubstituted forBastoniat 77′minutes
  • 12PessinaSubstituted forSpinazzolaat 62′minutes
  • 8Jorginho
  • 18BarellaBooked at 77mins
  • 10BernardeschiSubstituted forLocatelliat 45′minutes
  • 9BelottiSubstituted forScamaccaat 45′minutes
  • 22Raspadori


  • 1Cragno
  • 4Spinazzola
  • 5Locatelli
  • 6Lazzari
  • 7Florenzi
  • 11Politano
  • 14Meret
  • 15Acerbi
  • 16Cristante
  • 17Scamacca
  • 20Pellegrini
  • 23Bastoni


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Martínez
  • 4Molina
  • 13RomeroSubstituted forPezzellaat 85′minutes
  • 19OtamendiBooked at 22mins
  • 3Tagliafico
  • 7de PaulSubstituted forPalaciosat 76′minutes
  • 18Rodríguez
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forGonzálezat 90+1′minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 20Lo CelsoSubstituted forDybalaat 90+1′minutes
  • 22MartínezSubstituted forÁlvarezat 85′minutes


  • 1Armani
  • 2Foyth
  • 5Mac Allister
  • 6Pezzella
  • 8Acuña
  • 9Álvarez
  • 12Rulli
  • 14Palacios
  • 15González
  • 16Martínez
  • 17Gómez
  • 21Dybala
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Match Stats

Home TeamItalyAway TeamArgentina
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Italy 0, Argentina 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Italy 0, Argentina 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Italy 0, Argentina 3. Paulo Dybala (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Exequiel Palacios (Argentina).

  5. Post update

    Nicolò Barella (Italy) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Nicolás González replaces Ángel Di María.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Paulo Dybala replaces Giovani Lo Celso.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Italy. Nicolò Barella tries a through ball, but Leonardo Spinazzola is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alessandro Bastoni (Italy).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Julián Álvarez (Argentina) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a headed pass.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Julián Álvarez replaces Lautaro Martínez.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Argentina. Germán Pezzella replaces Cristian Romero because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Argentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Exequiel Palacios.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Giovani Lo Celso (Argentina) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Italy).

  17. Post update

    Lautaro Martínez (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Italy. Nicolò Barella tries a through ball, but Gianluca Scamacca is caught offside.

  19. Booking

    Nicolò Barella (Italy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nicolò Barella (Italy).

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