MARTINEZ ON TARGET AGAINST ITALY

Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez wrecked havoc on the Italy defence as he helped Argentina win the Finnalisima. Martinez scored one goal and provided an assist as Argentina thrashed Italy 3-0 to win the Finnalisima. The latest Finnalisima was contested by the reigning Copa America champions (Argentina) and the reigning European champions (Italy).


Martinez, 24, has been in Italian football for four years since he signed for Inter Milan from Argentine club Racing. He signed for the Nerazzuri in 2018. Martinez was a thorn in the flesh of the Italian defenders during the Finnalisima.He scored the opener from close range in the 28th minute off the assist from seven-time Ballond'or recipient Lionel Messi. The Inter Milan star then provided the assist for the classy finish from Angel Di Maria for the second Argentina goal on the stroke of half-time. The goals from Martinez and Di Maria gave Argentina a two-nil lead at the end of the first half.

Argentina wrapped up the win at the end of second half through Paolo Dybala who had come on for Giovanni Lo Celso a few minutes earlier. Messi was also the recipient of the assist for the third Argentina goal scored by Dybala who will leave Italian football giants Juventus this summer. He will leave the Italian football club at the end of his contract this summer.At the end of the Finnalisima, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) star Messi was named the best player and presented with an award as Argentina made it 32 games without defeat.
Argentina will now turn their attention to the international friendly clash with Estonia in Pamplona next week, while Italy take on Germany in their opening game of the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League. The Italians are in the same group with Wales and Poland in the addition to the Germans.

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