Italy beat Argentina 1-0 in Women's World Cup with Cristiano Girelli's goal

Italy kicks off the Women's World Cup with a 1-0 win over Argentina on Monday night

In the 87th minute, Cristiano Girelli's goal broke the deadlock and Italy won.

Italy twice put the ball in the back of the net in the opening half but both were offside before Girelli's breakthrough header.

Girelli entered the match as a substitute player in the 83rd minute.

Before heading into the World Cup, La Albiceleste were inspired by their men's team and star Lionel Messi.

Ariana Caruso tried to score from distance in the 15th minute, but Italy were soon adjudged offside.

At the end of half-time, Valentina Giacanti's attempt on goal was again ruled offside.

Italy goalkeeper Lara Esponda kept Argentina at bay in the 73rd minute on a dangerous free kick.