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- International Match
- 23rd Nov 2013
- KO 14:00
- Ground: Stadio Flaminio, Rome
- Att: 45,000
Italy v Argentina - Live
Italy 14 Argentina 19
80 Argentina are awarded a penalty on Italy's 10-metre line after Quintin Geldenhuys is pinned for a line-out infringement. Sanchez boots the ball into touch and the referee blows his whistle to bring proceedings to a close. It's a deserved victory for the Pumas, who gradually gained control of this match. They didn't panic when Italy regained the lead with Campagnaro's try and fought back bravely. Italy had their chances but in the end they didn't take them and the Pumas made them pay.
79 The Italians are hammering away at the Argentina's line but the visitors are defending like Trojans! Robert Barbieri is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground and the visitors gain a reprieve!
77 Italy attack, close to the Pumas' try-line but lose momentum when Gonzalo Canale knocks on a pass from Parisse!
74 DROP GOAL, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 14-19. Argentina are on the attack in front of Italy's posts! They set up several phases with their forwards until Tom�s Cubelli swings out a pass to Sanchez, who succeeds with a perfectly-executed snap-shot!
72 Argentina take the ball through a couple of phases with their forwards, close to the halfway mark, before swinging it out to their backs. Sanchez launches a bomb but McLean does well to gather it despite great pressure from several chasers!
68 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 14-16. Italy are pinned for another ruck infringement and this time Sanchez is on target as the visitors take the lead again!
65 Sanchez gets a chance to regain the lead for the visitors, after Castrogiovanni is pinned for a high-tackle, but his effort falls just short of the cross-bar.
62 TRY, ITALY, CAMPAGNARO! 14-13. Italy are eventually rewarded when Allan delivers a cross-kick, which Imhoff fails to gather behind his try-line, and Michele Campagnaro dives onto the loose ball for the hosts' first try!
60 Italy have been awarded two penalties, inside a minute, and on both occasions they've opted to kick for the corner flag when the three-points are on offer. Both times they've failed to breach the Pumas' try-line, however.
57 The Azzurri are trying desperately to get back into this game! Parisse takes the ball when his side is awarded a penalty but is stopped just short of the line by a crunching tackle from Bustos!
55 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 9-13. Sanchez extends the visitors' lead after Martin Castrogiovanni is penalised for a ruck infringement.
52 Lucas Gonz�lez Amorosino shrugs off a challenge from Michele Campagnaro before kicking ahead. He puts his side on the front foot as the ball rolls into touch inside Italy's 22.
49 Allan gets a chance to regain the lead for the hosts - afterBenjam�n Macome is pinned for a dangerous tackle on Edoardo Gori. Allan's effort, however, is just past the uprights!
46 Italy take the ball through several phases, close to the halfway mark, until Allan spts a gap and chips ahead. Sanchez reads the situation well, however, and gathers before booting the ball upfield.
43 Argentina's forwards a re pinned for going off their feet at a ruck. Allan kicks for touch and the hosts can attack from a line-out on the halfway mark.
41 Sanchez gets the second half underway with a flat, hanging kick which Valerio Bernabo gathers. Italy set up a maul and take the ball through the phases.
Italy 9-10 Argentina
40 Allan has another shot at goal, after Argentina's forwards are pinned for illegal scrummaging. Allan lines up the shot at goal but, once again, his effort is short! Landajo gathers and boots the ball into touch. That's also the final act of the half as referee Chris Pollock blows his whistle to indicate half-time shortly afterwards. As the scoreline suggests, it's been an even affair. Argentina have shown more enterprise on attack and were justly rewarded with a fine try. But it's still either side's game and both side will be determined to pull away after the break.
38 Italy get a chance to regain the lead, after the visitors infringe at a ruck, but although Allan's effort is on target it falls just short of the cross-bar!
35 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 9-10. Sanchez regains the lead for the Pumas after several Azzurri forwards are penalised for going off their feet at a ruck.
31 Landajo launches a bomb but there's little pressure from the chasers and Gonzalo Canale gathers without breaking a sweat.
28 Argentina put huge pressure on Italy, at a scrum, close to the halfway mark! They eventually win a heel against the head and Sanchez kicks ahead. McLean is forced to clear his line with a kick of his own upfield.
25 PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 9-7. Allan lands his third penalty, after the visitors' forwards are penalised for being offside, in front of their posts.
22 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 6-7. Nicolas Sanchez holds his nerve and lands a difficult spot-kick from up against the touchline! What makes the effort even more special is that it was done while the rain is pouring down!
21 TRY, ARGENTINA, IMHOFF! 6-5. The Pumas attack from a scrum with Benjam�n Macome winning several metres as he picks up and goes. A ruck is then formed and the ball is spun wide to Imhoff, who beats Edoardo Gori, with a deft side-step before scoring in the left-hand corner!
19 PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 6-0. Allan extends the home side's lead after Nicol�s S�nchez is pinned for being offside.
17 Carizza is penalised for a ruck infringement and Sergio Parisse instructs Allan to kick for touch. He puts the ball midway between Argentina's 22 and their 10-metre line.
15 Allan gets a chance to add another three-pointer, after Galarza is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground, but his effort is just wide of the mark.
13 Mart�n Landajo makes a break and beats four of the Azzurri's defenders! He looks for support but there's none forthcoming and is forced to hit the deck on Italy's 10-metre line.
11 There's some concern in the Argentina camp as Maximiliano Bustos stays down after a heavy challenge. He receives some medical attention but is soon up and running again.
8 Argentina are on the attack inside Italy's 22! Mariano Galarza, Manuel Carizza and Gabriel Asc�rate are prominent ball carriers but they can't break down the home side's defence.
5 PENALTY, ITALY, ALLAN! 3-0. Tommaso Allan opens the scoring from the kicking tee, after the Pumas' front row is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
3 Juan Imhoff makes a break, from deep inside his half which tears the home side's defence to shreds! He is soon just outside Italy's 22 but kicks ahead! Luke McLean gathers and boots the ball upfield!
1 Tommaso Allan gets us underway! His kick is deep and Juan Manuel Leguizam�n gathers inside his 22 where he sets up a ruck.
0 The two teams stand to attention for the singing of their national anthems. First up is Argentina's Himno Nacional Argentino followed by the home side's Il Canto degli Italiani. As expected, both teams sing their respective songs with great gusto.
0 Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade has made five changes to his starting line-up for this clash. Hourcade has rejigged his back-line with Horacio Agulla shifting from wing to outside centre in the place of Marcelo Bosch while Ascarate Gabriel replaces Santiago Fernandez at inside centre. There are two new wings as Juan Imhoff takes over from Santiago Cordero, who drops to the bench, and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino returns. In the pack, Mariano Galarza replaces Patricio Albacete in the second row while Benjamin Macome is preferred to Paul Matera, who also takes a place among the substitutes.
0 Former Scotland U20 player Tommaso Allan will make his first Test start for Italy at fly-half in this match. Allan, who has made substitute appearances for Italy after being drafted into the squad last month, is one of three changes for the clash against the Pumas. He replaces Luciano Orquera, who drops to the bench, with Michele Campagnaro starting at outside centre in place of veteran Gonzalo Canale. Canale moves to inside centre to replace the injured Luca Morisi. Robert Barbieri comes back into Brunel's starting XV at openside flanker, replacing Mauro Bergamasco who is not included in the matchday squad.
0 Hello and welcome to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for our live coverage of this November Test between our hosts, Italy, and Argentina. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
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