Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Stadio Olimpico, Italy will be hosting on Wednesday 14 August 2013, an International Friendly match between Italy and Argentina.
Although Italy is playing in a very difficult group in World Cup Qualifying, it managed to be on top of its group, which containes: Bulgaria, Denmark and Czech Republic. Italy made 4 wins and 2 draws after playing six matches.  It has played in this year's Confed Cup too and had a hard start. In 5 games, it made: 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat.  Italy has been one of the busiest teams in Europe with 5 friendly matches, in which it made: 1 win, 3 draws and 1 defeat to take its yearly tally to 16 games, 7 wins, 7 draws and 2 defeats. Italy has scored 33 goals and conceded 23 goals and it ranked 6 with 1142 points. Mario Balotelli  was the top scorer of the year with 6 goals.
Argentina national team is in doubt of calling on Lionel Messi, though he has been given the go-ahead to join the squad.  Coach, Alejandro Sabella, has moulded a squad of good players into a great team. Argentina have struggled to bulid up a strong team over the past few years and Messi's role in this side seems to be the crux of the problem. But the coach, Sabella seems like he has solved this problem and Argentina will, definitely, go into the World Cup Finals as one of the favourites for the trophy. In the qualifying games, Argentina sit ahead the South America section with: 7 wins, 5 draws and 1 defeat. And, in recent friendly matches, it made: 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from 6 games. Argentina scored 38 goals and conceded 17.   Messi was the top scorer for Argentina with 13 goals.

Possible line-ups:
Italy (4-3-2-1): Buffon – Maggio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Antonelli – Montolivo, Pirlo, De Rossi – Marchisio, Giaccherini – Osvaldo
Argentina (4-3-1-2): Romero – Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo – Di Maria, Mascherano, Banega – Lamela – Higuain, Palacio.

Match Details and Timings:
Italy vs Argentina
Football: International Friendly
Match date: 14 August 2013
Kick Off Time: 20:45 CET CET - 18:45 CET GMT
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Roma (Italy)

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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