The Italy Women’s National Team got the start that was needed at the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Monday morning European time as they beat Argentina 1-0 in New Zealand. Despite that, it is not all good news.

It was crucial to get three points on the board ahead of the tough match against Sweden, as Milena Bertolini herself emphasised after the match, but there are still a lot of questions that remained unanswered about this Azzurre side.

The fact that 16-year-old Giulia Dragoni and 18-year-old Chiara Beccari were handed starts is great news, but many players were shoe-horned into a confusing formation.

Euan Burns and Conor Clancy are here to talk through the positives of getting that first win, as well as the negatives of what was not a very good overall performance for Italy.

The Italy Women’s National Team starting XI for their opening game of the 2023 Women’s World Cup. (@AzzurreFIGC)

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