Italy vs Argentina (ITA vs ARG) Finalissima 2022 Highlights: Messi gets 2 assists as Lautaro Martínez, Ángel Di María and Paulo Dybala get on the scoresheet.
Italy vs Argentina (ITA vs ARG) Finalissima Highlights: Lautaro Martínez, Ángel Di María and Paulo Dybala scored to lead Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Italy on Wednesday in the first Finalissima meeting of the South American and European champions. The opener was created by Lionel Messi’s solo brilliance taking him past Giovanni Di Lorenzo and the Argentina captain squared for Martínez to slot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 28th minute.
Martínez turned creator in first-half stoppage time by threading a pass through for Di María to chip Donnarumma, having got past Giorgio Chiellini. The 37-year-old Italy captain came off at halftime of his 117th and final international appearance. The win was wrapped up in the fourth minute of stoppage time with Messi again providing the assist — this time for the substitute Dybala to strike low into the net.
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Georgio Chiellini played his last international game for Italy
Georgio Chiellini played his last international game for Italy. He might have had an underwhelming finish, often left frustrated by Messi’s brilliance, left grasping Messi’s jersey in futility, but at his pomp he was one of the star defenders of modern times.
Sandip G had written this during the last Euros. Read on.
Chiellini resembles a brawler ready for a punch-up in a pub, who has broken his nose five times and had his ears chewed, but they rarely stoop to violence. He is eternally screaming and shouting, gleeing and gesturing. Strikers detest this kind of defenders, for they are always there, even if they are not there physically, like a shadow. They congest your space and kill your morale, they are never in haste or hurry, never clumsy or careless.For Chiellini, son of an orthopaedic surgeon, it’s more science. “It’s a subtle psychological game, reading a striker’s mind,” he had said in his autobiography I, Giorgio. But it’s not something someone is born, but acquired over years.
Chiellini does this by watching footage of his opponents weeks before the game, comprehending everything from the idiosyncrasies to movements and preferences.“It helps me form a connection with them. I need to know what they like most, which runs they make. It’s my way of getting on their wavelength and syncing up with them. I watch every goal a team has scored that season too. You get an understanding of how they play, how they score and how you might be able to guess their intentions.”
He seemed to have studied Lukaku so minutely that he was a completely neutered force. This was another tribute to the great Italian defensive tradition–manu2011marking and the ability to win oneu2011onu2011one challenges, which has gone out of fashion in this era of zonal marking.Each defender has his own role. Chiellini is the aggressor. One of the most natural ball-playing centre-backs around, he bounds out for opponents high up the field.