Even without Lionel Messi, Argentina beat Italy

Higuain opened the scoring on 20 minutes before Palacio missed a great chance to double the advantage after Di Maria put the ball on a silver platter.

updated: August 15, 2013 09:57 IST
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Rome: Despite the absence of World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, Argentina still had too much for Italy on Wednesday, winning 2-1 in Rome.

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria was the catalyst as Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega scored the visitors' goals before Lorenzo Insigne replied for the Azzurri.

Dubbed the "Pope Francis" match, as it pitted the home of the new pontiff against the country he technically resides in, this was an eagerly-anticipated encounter.

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