Argentina 2-0 Italy: Five things we learned

Two second half goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini were enough to beat Italy 2-0 in Manchester

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At a half-empty Etihad Stadium, fans were treated to an intriguing contest between an Italy who are beginning a rebuilding cycle, and an Argentina who are facing a battle against time to coalesce into a strong force in time for the World Cup, less than ninety days away.

Both teams were tentative, and neither stretched themselves, but the match opened up in the second half as Argentina opened the scoring via an excellent strike from Sevilla’s Ever Banega, after good pressing won the ball in Italy’s half. They doubled their lead after Manuel Lanzini finished emphatically following a clinical breakaway.

Here are five things we learned: