Messi reveals injury worry after missing Argentina win over Italy

Late goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini have given Argentina a 2-0 victory over Italy

Argentina beat Italy 2-0 on Friday thanks to late goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini, but for much of the match they looked devoid of craft in the final third as Lionel Messi sat out due to a muscular problem.

Spain as favourites at 2018 Russia: "We have to be realistic: we have a fantastic national team, with some of the top players around, but it's pointless discussing whether we are favourites or not; the only thing we can do is work hard, know where our virtues lie and make sure we arrive in the best possible conditions, after that we can try and win the World Cup".

Messi was reduced to the role of spectator at the Etihad Stadium, where goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini ensured the win for Jorge Sampaoli's men.

Messi at training in the Etihad Campus. I have been suffering from this hamstring injury for some time'. It was the same for Aguero as his injury-ravaged season went to the last day in a race with Liverpool.

Italy play England at Wembley on Tuesday and have June friendlies lined up against France and the Netherlands.

It was an emotional evening for the Azzurri as they played for the first time since their defender Davide Astori died of a suspected cardiac arrest earlier this month.

"We will tell you the name of the new coach on May 20", said Costacurta, who told a press conference that Di Biagio remained among the potential candidates.

"It's not easy to find someone able to do a ideal job, and we need to see what we have to do to build a team capable of qualifying for Euro 2020", said Costacurta. There are a lot of youngsters who need experience. We tried to attack but we had a great team opposite us.

Di Biagio is in charge of Italy on an interim basis and his first move was to persuade Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to end a brief global retirement.

It took another good stop from Buffon to keep out Nicolas Otamendi's header.



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