In the clash of the second day of the League of Nations, the overall dominating Germany was surprised at the end of the match by England who equalized on a penalty from Harry Kane (88th). After 51 minutes La Mannschaft made a speedy advance and dropped the ball to Joshua Kimmich who shuffled it past the keeper. Gladbach’s offensive strike was the culmination of some of the most dominating German dominance in the world. But Hansi Flick’s men ended up giving in to the opposing waves and must be satisfied in a draw, as well as against Italy (1-1).
After her surprise defeat in Hungary on Saturday (0-1), the English team avoided the worst but they still have work ahead of them to hope to regain their momentum from a year ago, when they reached the Euro final and outscored Germany (2-0) in the round of 16.
In this game where the coaches tested – a four-point defense for Gareth Southgate, seven changes in the starting eleven compared to the match against Italy for Hansi Flick – the first half was fast-paced, intense, open, but rich in individual errors and poor on frank occasions. Disturbed by Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips’ injury injury in the 15th minute, the English were incisive at times – two Kane strikes, one shot (7th), one not (26th) and a fine save. of Neuer against the stirring Saka (43rd) – but, above all, dominated by drafts Germans in attack. Bayern’s Jamel Musiala, 19, passed through England’s youth squad but the Mannschaft’s high hopes, whirled, dared, tempted but in front, the last German passes too often failed in a vacuum.
Jonas Hofmann striker against England. (Reuters)
In the second half, de Hofmann’s goal finally sealed German dominance. And the goal of the KO was not far away, first by Thomas Muller, who, alone at the second post, without the firm hand of Pickford, would have scored (69th), and then by Kai Havertz, who missed his face. ten minutes later. And then, driven by the good entry of Grealish, the English threw all their strength into the battle and had more equalizing balls, especially prin Kane, already frustrated by the remarkable stop of Neuer (76th) . The Tottenham striker scored his 50th goal ten minutes later (three from Rooney’s record) which saved the furniture. On Saturday, the Three Lions welcome Italy with the hope of showing more consistency, while Germany, undefeated for seven games, travel to Hungary.
For its part, Italy, after a draw against Germany on Saturday (1-1), reassured themselves in its reconstruction operation and even took the lead in the group. Goals from Barella (30th) and Pellegrini (45th) allowed him to win against Hungary (2-1) who reduced the lead in the 61st minute by a goal against his Mancini side. The National was able to rely on a very good Donnarumma to maintain the advantage in the last half hour.