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World CupItaly 1-1 Germany

Italy 1-1 Germany

90 minutes of football is not enough to separate these two old European rivals as Italy and Germany share the spoils for the 13th time in their history.

A first half with relatively little in the way of goal-mouth action was met with a frenetic second half.

with Italy taking the lead after 71 minute, thanks to a close-range finish at the far post from Pellegrini after Gnonto’s assist.

The lead would hold for just 180 seconds though, as the Mannschaft came powering back with a Kimmich goal from 10 yards out.

The final 15 minutes produced chances for both sides but both Neuer.

And Donnarumma held strong to prevent a late defeat.

And The tie means that Italy and Germany are level in the group – behind Hungary.

Starting lineup:

ITALY XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma;

Cristiano Biraghi, Alessandro Bastoni, Francesco Acerbi, Alessandro Florenzi;

Sandro Tonali, Bryan Cristante, Davide Frattesi;

Lorenzo Pellegrini, Gianluca Scamacca, Matteo Politano.

 

GERMANY XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer;

Thilo Kehrer, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Benjamin Henrichs;

Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka;

Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane;

Timo Werner.

Goals:

ITALY TAKE THE LEAD! 1-0! The ball is sprayed out to the right from midfield for Gnonto, who drives towards Kehrer before winning an inch ahead of his opponent and firing a cross across the face of goal. Neuer is unable to deal with the delivery, allowing Pellegrini to pop up at the back post to turn it home!

KIMMICH RESTORES PARITY! 1-1! It’s been a wild five minutes as Germany come forward right after the kick-off, committing numbers forward to overturn the deficit. An interchange between Havertz and Werner allows Hofmann to earn a a bit of room on the right-hand side of the penalty area – using it to deliver a cross. Werner is unable to turn the ball past Donnarumma but Kimmich continues his run and buries the chance!

So, what’s next?

Italy are in action again on June 11, when they travel to play England in the Nations League.

Germany play again on Tuesday against Hungary.

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