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Nations League Soccer: England draw in Germany; Italy win

June 08, 2022 09:00 IST
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England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring the equaliser against Germany during their UEFA Nations League Group C match at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

IMAGE: England's Harry Kane celebrates scoring the equaliser against Germany during their UEFA Nations League Group C match at Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. Photograph: Heiko Becker/Reuters

England were spared a second successive Nations League defeat as Harry Kane's 50th goal for his country, a coolly-taken late penalty, salvaged a 1-1 draw away to Germany on Tuesday.

 

Germany deservedly led through Jonas Hofmann's 50th-minute effort but were unable to finish England off and Kane levelled in the 88th minute after being tripped in the area.

After suffering a first defeat by Hungary for 60 years on Saturday in their opening League A, Group Three fixture, England fielded an experienced lineup in a noisy Allianz Arena but were second best for much of the clash.

Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Hofmann had the ball in the England net early on as Germany dominated but an offside flag cut short his celebrations.

He was not to be denied though and he beat Jordan Pickford with a powerful, slightly-deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area five minutes after the interval.

Despite a rather laboured performance, England had their chances with Bukayo Saka inches away in first-half stoppage time and Mason Mount and Harry Kane both denied by Germany keeper Manuel Neuer as England sought a leveller.

"It is really important to show the mentality, 1-0 behind we showed good character to get back into the game and get a result," Kane, who is now three goals behind England's all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney, said.

"We were playing against a very good Germany side. We kept going and played our best football in the last half an hour."

It was a frustrating end to the game for Germany who have drawn both their opening matches in the group. England, who face group leaders Italy at the weekend, are bottom.

Germany were far sharper for most of the evening and thought they had gone ahead midway through the first half when Hofmann galloped clear and beat Pickford, but a VAR check confirmed that the offside decision against him was correct.

Stuttgart-born teenager Jamal Musiala, who grew up in London, was a thorn in England's side down the left and was involved in much of the home's side good work.

Germany did get ahead after a neat build-up saw Joshua Kimmich play the ball in to Hofmann who was allowed to turn too easily to fire a shot that Pickford got a strong hand to but could not prevent from going into the net.

Pickford did much better shortly after to keep England in the game, keeping out a well-struck shot by Thomas Mueller, and he also denied Kai Havertz and Timo Werner as England hung on.

But England rallied and when Kane broke into the box on to Jack Grealish's pass he was clipped by a stumbling Nico Schlotterbeck and the Spanish referee awarded a penalty after checking a pitch-side monitor.

Kane then sent Neuer the wrong way to at least give England something to take home, although manager Gareth Southgate will have plenty to ponder.

Italy back to winning ways with victory over Hungary

Italy's Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrates scoring their second goal against Hungary with teammates during their UEFA Nations League Group C match at Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena, Italy

IMAGE: Italy's Lorenzo Pellegrini celebrates scoring their second goal against Hungary with teammates during their UEFA Nations League Group C match at Stadio Dino Manuzzi, Cesena, Italy. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

First-half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini earned Italy a 2-1 win over Hungary in the Nations League on Tuesday.

Coach Roberto Mancini again named an experimental Italy side, but that mattered little as the hosts dominated from the off in Cesena, deservedly taking the lead on the half-hour mark through Inter Milan midfielder Barella.

AS Roma skipper Pellegrini followed up his goal in Saturday's Nations League opener against Germany with another strike just before halftime to put Italy into a commanding position.

An own goal from Gianluca Mancini gave Hungary hope of building on their surprise win over England at the weekend with a credible point in Cesena, but Italy held on to move onto four points from their two opening League A, Group Three games.

With Germany drawing 1-1 with England in Munich on Tuesday, Italy sit top of the group, having won just their fourth match from 12 since securing European Championship glory last July.

"It was a good match in the first half, but their goal put us in a bit of a tough place," Mancini told Rai Sport.

"We should have won by a much a higher margin.

"We were also a bit tired, it's normal. To concede a goal in a match that should have already been finished off is difficult. We are young side, who will have to work hard. Our start has been good."

Nations League Soccer: Kane helps England draw in Germany

England were spared a second successive Nations League defeat as Harry Kane's 50th goal for his country, a coolly-taken late penalty, salvaged a 1-1 draw away to Germany on Tuesday.

Germany deservedly led through Jonas Hofmann's 50th-minute effort but were unable to finish England off and Kane levelled in the 88th minute after being tripped in the area.

After suffering a first defeat by Hungary for 60 years on Saturday in their opening League A, Group Three fixture, England fielded an experienced lineup in a noisy Allianz Arena but were second best for much of the clash.

Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Hofmann had the ball in the England net early on as Germany dominated but an offside flag cut short his celebrations.

He was not to be denied though and he beat Jordan Pickford with a powerful, slightly-deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area five minutes after the interval.

Despite a rather laboured performance, England had their chances with Bukayo Saka inches away in first-half stoppage time and Mason Mount and Harry Kane both denied by Germany keeper Manuel Neuer as England sought a leveller.

"It is really important to show the mentality, 1-0 behind we showed good character to get back into the game and get a result," Kane, who is now three goals behind England's all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney, said.

"We were playing against a very good Germany side. We kept going and played our best football in the last half an hour."

It was a frustrating end to the game for Germany who have drawn both their opening matches in the group. England, who face group leaders Italy at the weekend, are bottom.

Germany were far sharper for most of the evening and thought they had gone ahead midway through the first half when Hofmann galloped clear and beat Pickford, but a VAR check confirmed that the offside decision against him was correct.

Stuttgart-born teenager Jamal Musiala, who grew up in London, was a thorn in England's side down the left and was involved in much of the home's side good work.

Germany did get ahead after a neat build-up saw Joshua Kimmich play the ball in to Hofmann who was allowed to turn too easily to fire a shot that Pickford got a strong hand to but could not prevent from going into the net.

Pickford did much better shortly after to keep England in the game, keeping out a well-struck shot by Thomas Mueller, and he also denied Kai Havertz and Timo Werner as England hung on.

But England rallied and when Kane broke into the box on to Jack Grealish's pass he was clipped by a stumbling Nico Schlotterbeck and the Spanish referee awarded a penalty after checking a pitch-side monitor.

Kane then sent Neuer the wrong way to at least give England something to take home, although manager Gareth Southgate will have plenty to ponder.

Italy back to winning ways with Nations League victory over Hungary

First-half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini earned Italy a 2-1 win over Hungary in the Nations League on Tuesday.

Coach Roberto Mancini again named an experimental Italy side, but that mattered little as the hosts dominated from the off in Cesena, deservedly taking the lead on the half-hour mark through Inter Milan midfielder Barella.

AS Roma skipper Pellegrini followed up his goal in Saturday's Nations League opener against Germany with another strike just before halftime to put Italy into a commanding position.

An own goal from Gianluca Mancini gave Hungary hope of building on their surprise win over England at the weekend with a credible point in Cesena, but Italy held on to move onto four points from their two opening League A, Group Three games.

With Germany drawing 1-1 with England in Munich on Tuesday, Italy sit top of the group, having won just their fourth match from 12 since securing European Championship glory last July.

"It was a good match in the first half, but their goal put us in a bit of a tough place," Mancini told Rai Sport.

"We should have won by a much a higher margin.

"We were also a bit tired, it's normal. To concede a goal in a match that should have already been finished off is difficult. We are young side, who will have to work hard. Our start has been good."

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