Argentina won their second international championship in less than a year after breaking an 18-year wait with silverware. Lionel Messi was the driving force behind the victory.
Last summer, Lionel Messi, the legendary playmaker inspired his country to win the Copa America championship for the first time since 1993. This victory qualified them for the 2022 Finalissima, which will take place at Wembley on Wednesday night facing Italy, the European champions.
As usual, Lionel Messi was the star for Lionel Scaloni’s side as they cruised to a three-goal triumph over the Azzurri. Messi, of Paris Saint-Germain, turned back the clock 2 minutes before the half-hour mark when he supplied a superb assist for striker Lautaro Martinez. Martinez finished the job with aplomb, firing past Messi’s club friend Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Lionel Messi’s Team Defeated Italy 3-0
Argentina was in complete control and increased their advantage in first-half stoppage time, with Martinez providing the assist. Angel Di Maria – another PSG star, but one who is leaving the Parc des Princes this summer after his contract – received the assist from the Inter striker, whose burst of pace got him past Giorgio Chiellini before giving a fantastic dinked finish.
The South American champions dominated the second half, with Messi looking like he was having a great time; he was constantly gliding into space before either sending a precise ball into the foot of a teammate or driving straight at an Italy backline that was scared and confused. He put his club friend Donnarumma to the test twice, and he came through both times, saving his squad from a humiliating defeat.
Following games in 1985 and 1993 – when Argentina also triumphed, defeating Denmark in a penalty shootout – this was just the third time such a match has been contested between the European and South American champions.