Soccer-Lively Argentina sink Italy in entertaining friendly (Reuters)

(Adds quotes, details) ROME, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Argentina made light of the absence of injured striker Lionel Messi to beat Italy 2-1 in an entertaining friendly in Rome on Wednesday. The South Americans dominated the early stages at a half-full Olympic Stadium and Gonzalo Higuain put them ahead after 20 minutes with a curling shot after a sloppy error by Daniele De Rossi. Argentina went 2-0 up when substitute Ever Banega fired home a fierce low shot from the edge of the area just three minutes after coming on at the start of the second half. …

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