Italy player ratings vs Argentina: Bright Boattin provides magic assist for supersub Girelli

Italy just about claimed three vital points in their Women's World Cup opener against Argentina, and Lisa Boattin was the standout performer on the Azzurre's left, having a huge hand in their late winner.

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Italy earned a 1-0 victory against Argentina on Monday morning CEST at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, in their opening Group G match at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

It was a tight match with limited chances for both sides, but the Azzurre did dominate the game and they demonstrated that they were worthy winners. The victory for the Italians means that they are level with Sweden, who defeated South Africa 2-1 on Sunday.

Italy player ratings vs Argentina in Women’s World Cup

Durante 6; Di Guglielmo 7, Linari 6.5, Salvai 6.5, Boattin 7; Giugliano 6, Dragoni 6 (83′ Girelli 7); Bonansea 6, Caruso 5.5 (59′ Greggi 6), Beccari 5; Giacinti 5.5 (74′ Cantore 5.5)

Arianna Caruso of the Italy National Women’s Team up against Argentina’s Estefania Banini at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. (@AzzurreFIGC)

Italy Player of the Match – Lisa Boattin

The Juventus full-back was a constant offensive threat down the left flank and the Italians were confident to allow most of the Azzurre attacks flow through her. It was her magnificent bending cross from the left wing that found Cristiana Girelli in the penalty area and the substitute sent a looping header over Argentina goalkeeper Vanina Correa.

Boattin was also a very confident performer in defence, opting to dribble and pass the ball out from the back instead of making a simple clearance. The 26-year-old almost made it 2-0 but Correa denied her at the near post.

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