Dragoni, 16, plays in Italy win over Argentina

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport at Eden Park

Last updated on .From the section Women’s Football

Valentina Giacinti put the ball in the back of the Argentina net but it was ruled out for offside
Italy are appearing at their fourth Fifa Women’s World Cup and are two-time quarter-finalists

Italy midfielder Giulia Dragoni become one of the youngest players to appear in a Women’s World Cup match at the age of 16 years and 259 days as Le Azzurre scored late to beat Argentina.

Manager Milena Bertolini put her faith in the youngster who only made her debut for the senior side on 1 July.

It looked as though Italy were going to be frustrated by a gritty defensive performance by Argentina before substitute Cristiana Girelli, who replaced Dragoni in the 83rd minute, nodded the winner four minutes later.

The vastly experienced Girelli got on the end of Lisa Boattin’s cross and looped a header over Vanina Correa to secure a 1-0 victory.

In front of a crowd of 30,889 spectators, Italy had earlier seen goals by Arianna Caruso and Valentina Giacinti ruled out for offside.

A tetchy contest was stopped numerous times to allow players to have treatment, while Argentina’s Mariana Larroquette, Miriam Mayorga and Florencia Bonsegundo were booked along with Italy’s Caruso and captain Barbara Bonansea.

Italy, who also included 18-year-old forward Chiara Beccari from the start, go to Wellington next to play Sweden, who have a two-point lead at the top of Group G, on Saturday (kick-off 08:30 BST).

Argentina’s next match is against South Africa in Dunedin on Friday (01:00 BST).

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  1. Squad number22Player nameDurante

  2. Squad number4Player nameDi Guglielmo

  3. Squad number5Player nameLinari

  4. Squad number23Player nameSalvai

  5. Squad number17Player nameBoattin

  6. Squad number6Player nameGiugliano

  7. Squad number16Player nameDragoni

  8. Squad number8Player nameBonansea

  9. Squad number18Player nameCaruso

  10. Squad number14Player nameBeccari

  11. Squad number9Player nameGiacinti

  1. Squad number7Player nameCantore

  2. Squad number10Player nameGirelli

  3. Squad number20Player nameGreggi


  1. Squad number1Player nameCorrea

  2. Squad number13Player nameBraun

  3. Squad number14Player nameMayorga

  4. Squad number6Player nameCometti

  5. Squad number3Player nameStábile

  6. Squad number8Player nameFalfán

  7. Squad number16Player nameBenítez

  8. Squad number7Player nameNúñez

  9. Squad number22Player nameBanini

  10. Squad number15Player nameBonsegundo

  11. Squad number19Player nameLarroquette

  1. Squad number9Player nameGramaglia

  2. Squad number10Player nameIppólito

  3. Squad number11Player nameRodríguez



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Durante
  • 4Di Guglielmo
  • 5Linari
  • 23Salvai
  • 17Boattin
  • 6Giugliano
  • 16DragoniSubstituted forGirelliat 83′minutes
  • 8BonanseaBooked at 85mins
  • 18CarusoBooked at 25minsSubstituted forGreggiat 58′minutes
  • 14Beccari
  • 9GiacintiSubstituted forCantoreat 74′minutes


  • 1Giuliani
  • 2Severini
  • 3Orsi
  • 7Cantore
  • 10Girelli
  • 11Glionna
  • 12Baldi
  • 13Bartoli
  • 15Serturini
  • 19Lenzini
  • 20Greggi
  • 21Cernoia


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Correa
  • 13Braun
  • 14MayorgaBooked at 68mins
  • 6Cometti
  • 3StábileBooked at 90mins
  • 8FalfánSubstituted forIppólitoat 90+2′minutes
  • 16Benítez
  • 7NúñezSubstituted forRodríguezat 77′minutes
  • 22Banini
  • 15BonsegundoBooked at 76mins
  • 19LarroquetteBooked at 12minsSubstituted forGramagliaat 90+2′minutes


  • 2Sachs
  • 4Cruz
  • 5Santana
  • 9Gramaglia
  • 10Ippólito
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Esponda
  • 17Gómez
  • 18Chávez
  • 20Singarella
  • 21Lonigro
  • 23Cháves

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Italy 1, Argentina 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Italy 1, Argentina 0.

  3. Corner, Italy. Conceded by Vanina Correa.

  4. Attempt saved. Lisa Boattin (Italy) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Eliana Stábile (Argentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Sofia Cantore (Italy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Foul by Eliana Stábile (Argentina).

  8. Foul by Sofia Cantore (Italy).

  9. Estefanía Banini (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Hand ball by Paulina Gramaglia (Argentina).

  11. Attempt missed. Sofia Cantore (Italy) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chiara Beccari following a fast break.

  12. Attempt saved. Florencia Bonsegundo (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Foul by Sofia Cantore (Italy).

  14. Florencia Bonsegundo (Argentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution, Argentina. Paulina Gramaglia replaces Mariana Larroquette.

  16. Substitution, Argentina. Dalila Ippólito replaces Daiana Falfán.

  17. Francesca Durante (Italy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Aldana Cometti (Argentina).

  19. Foul by Cristiana Girelli (Italy).

  20. Daiana Falfán (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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