The governing bodies of UEFA and CONMEBOL signed an agreement on December 15, 2021 to arrange a match between the European and South American champions. They also agreed to host intercontinental matches in both men's and women's football as part of the memorandum of understanding, in order to improve collaboration between the two organizations. As a result, the EURO 2020 champions Italy will meet the Copa America 2021 victors Argentina in a one-off encounter named 2022 Finalissima. The Argentina vs Italy match details are discussed in this article.
Finalissima 2022: Match Schedule
The Argentina vs Italy match will take place at Wembley Stadium in London on June 2 (Thursday) at 12.45 a.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time).
Where Can You Watch Finalissima 2022?
The Finalissima 2022 will be broadcast worldwide. The much-anticipated contest will be shown live on many television networks. Anyone may watch the game live, no matter where they are. The match will be broadcast on Sony Six (Sony Liv) across the subcontinent (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
Argentina vs Italy: Predicted Lineups for the Finalissima 2022
Two teams have had outstanding performances on the international stage in recent years. Italy set a world record by going 37 games without losing until falling 2-1 to Spain in the Nations League semi-finals last year. Oppositely, Argentina have gone undefeated in 31 matches and will create a new world record if they go undefeated in their next seven matches.
Both teams have named a strong squad for this high-voltage match. The majority of the expected names have been included, and all of the players are expected to be fit for final selection.
Argentina’s probable starting XI
Goalkeeper: Emi Martinez; Defenders: Marcos Acuna, Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Nahuel Molina; Midfielders: Giovani Lo Celso, Guido Rodriguez, Rodrigo De Paul; Forwards: Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez, Lionel Messi
Italy’s probable starting XI
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma; Defenders: Davide Calabria, Giorgio Chiellini (Captain), Francesco Acerbi, Emerson Palmieri; Midfielders: Marco Verratti, Jorginho, Nicolo Barella; Forwards: Lorenzo Insigne, Moise Kean, Gianluca Scamacca.
Italy vs Argentina: Head-to-Head Record
Both teams' national teams have played 16 times against each other. Italy have a slight advantage over Argentina in head-to-head encounters with six victories, with Argentina winning five times and the remaining five matches ending in a draw. However, Argentina's recent record against Italy has been quite outstanding. They have won the last four meetings, including a 1990 World Cup match. Argentina defeated Italy 2-0 in their previous meeting in 2018.
The champions of Europe and South America have previously played a one-off encounter on two occasions. The inaugural edition was won by France in 1985, while the second edition was won by Argentina in 1993. It's hard to predict who will win the third edition in 2022 because both sides are equally strong and capable of surprising the opposition with a strategic game plan. Therefore, the Argentina vs Italy finalissima 2022 promises to be a fascinating match to watch.