Harry Kane a égalisé sur penalty pour l’Angleterre à la 88e minute.

Football: draw between Germany and England, Italy takes the lead

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There was no winner in Munich between the Germans and the English in Group 3 of the League of Nations. A group dominated by Italy after beating Hungary.

Harry Kane equalized in the 88th minute with a penalty for England.

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In a great classic of world football, Germany and England were neutralized (1-1) in Munich on Tuesday after an intense and often spectacular game in which Harry Kane scored his 50th goal in the selection. For England, this Kane goal from the penalty spot in the 87th minute after Jonas Hofmann’s opening goal (51st) will avoid a sensitive hangover.

On Saturday, Hungary ended a record 22-game unbeaten streak in regulation time for the Three Lions, and a second straight loss would inevitably have been a bad one. For their part, Germany have remained unbeaten in 11 games since Hansi Flick arrived on the bench after the European Championship.

Compared to the team that faltered against Italy (1-1), national coach Hansi Flick had replaced seven players, including attacking stars Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner. His counterpart Gareth Southgate made five changes after the 1-0 defeat in Budapest, led by Raheem Sterling in the starting XI and leaving Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench.

Redemption Match

Both teams obviously had a rehabilitation obligation after their missteps on Saturday. And the game started at full speed, with a shot from Kai Havertz, stopped by Jordan Pickford in the first minute, and a reply from Harry Kane, this time from Manuel Neuer, five minutes later. The tone was set and the pace never slowed.

Hofmann, unearthed by coach Hansi Flick at Borussia Mönchengladbach, finally unlocked the counterattack in the 51st minute. With his back to goal in the penalty area, well served by Joshua Kimmich, he turned and beat Pickford with a tight shot (1-0).

The sequel was again a tale of Guardians. Neuer saved his team at least twice, but Pickford rose and successively discouraged Thomas Müller (70th) and Timo Werner (75th), who came on as a joker.

A foul by Nico Schlotterbeck in the penalty area on Harry Kane, confirmed by VAR at the very end of the game (88th), offered the brilliant Englishman the opportunity to draw, which ultimately reflects the face of the game quite honestly.

Duel of teammates in Hungary

Italy, for their part, found colors and a forgotten enthusiasm to dominate Hungary (2-1) on Tuesday in Cesena, the 2nd day of the League of Nations, taking advantage of the breath of fresh air brought by some new faces like Wilfried Gnonto.

Support in the stands for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and a clamoring crowd of supporters weren’t enough for the Magyars to confirm their first surprise win over England (1-0).

Hungary’s Italian coach Marco Rossi, ex-partner of Azzurro coach Roberto Mancini at Sampdoria in the 1990s, had nevertheless renewed an almost identical side, with the only change being goalkeeper Dénes Dibusz.

The latter made for a nice headline with a header from Gianluca Mancini (21′) and couldn’t do anything to stop Nicolo Barella’s grandiose skylight shot (30′). This goal rewarded a good first phase for the Italians, who had regained that freshness that had allowed them to shine at Euros and then disappeared during the disastrous qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

First term for Gnonto

In Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Germany, Roberto Mancini decided to throw the doors wide open by offering 18-year-old Gnonto his first term three days after his strong showing against the side.

The FC Zürich striker established himself with Giacomo Raspadori and Matteo Politano on the left flank of an attacking trident at the head of a eleven based on a solid Roma core (Mancini, Cristante, Spinazzola and Pellegrini).

Paid pick as the Nazionale went on break just before the break. Pellegrini, unselfishly alone in front of goal two minutes earlier, equalized with a Politano central defender (45′). In the 60th, Gianluca Mancini took on the task of reviving Hungary’s hopes by deflecting an Attila Fiola cross into his net.

But with renewed enthusiasm, Italy was able to defend its narrow lead. That convincing win certainly won’t force her back on that plane to Qatar, but it does give her some horizons and morale before she challenges a vengeful England on Saturday, a year after the EURO final.

(AFP)


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