Thursday October 11 2018
Lautaro breaks Argentina duck

Inter striker Lautaro Martinez and Fiorentina defender German Pezzella scored their first goals for Argentina in tonight’s 4-0 friendly win over Iraq.

There was a heavy Serie A feel to the match in Riyadh, even with Mauro Icardi in the stands so he can rest ahead of the next game against Brazil.

Udinese winger Rodrigo De Paul was given his senior international debut following good form in Serie A.

It took Lautaro Martinez just 18 minutes to break the ice with a bullet header at the back post.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was reunited with his old Palermo teammate Franco Vazquez.

Dybala impressed, drilling just wide and providing the assist for Watford man Roberto Pereyra’s goal.

Lautaro was eventually replaced by Fiorentina forward Giovanni Simeone, but it was Viola defender Pezzella who added a third goal with his header from a corner.

Franco Cervi completed the 4-0 rout in stoppages.

Argentina 4-0 Iraq

Lautaro Martinez 18 (A), Pereyra 53 (A), Pezzella 82 (A), Cervi 91 (A)

Argentina: Romero; Bustos (Kannemann 75), Pezzella, Funes Mori, Acuna; Paredes (Cervi 60), Meza (Salvio 46), Vazquez (Ascacibar 46); Dybala, Lautaro Martinez (Simeone 57), De Paul (Pereyra 46)

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