5 things from Argentina’s win over Italy: From Messi’s absence to Lanzini’s strong claim

Messi must be fit in Russia

Second half goals from Éver Banega and Manuel Lanzini may have handed Argentina victory over Italy but they also glossed over what was another pretty mediocre performance by La Albiceleste once again.

There were certainly positives to take for Jorge Sampaoli but when Argentina struggled to convert their first half pressure into goals and at times appear lost for ideas when around the Italian penalty area, the absence of Messi was clear.

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