New-look Italy claim impressive draw with Germany


Germany will be at the Qatar World Cup later thus year, but Italy have failed to qualify

An inexperienced Italy began their rebuilding job with an impressive home draw with Germany in a Nations League opener for both sides.

Having failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, Italy opted to test out numerous raw players.

One of them, 18-year-old substitute Wilfried Gnonto, set up Lorenzo Pellegrini for a 70th-minute goal.

Germany levelled immediately, with Joshua Kimmich firing in to make it 10 games unbeaten under Hansi Flick.

Germany’s next game in Group A3 is a home match against England, who were beaten 1-0 in Hungary earlier on Saturday. Italy host the Hungarians, with both games on 7 June.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Italy

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1G Donnarumma
  • 7FlorenziBooked at 62mins
  • 15Acerbi
  • 23BastoniBooked at 80mins
  • 3BiraghiSubstituted forDimarcoat 80′minutes
  • 21FrattesiSubstituted forRicciat 86′minutes
  • 16Cristante
  • 8TonaliBooked at 66minsSubstituted forPobegaat 80′minutes
  • 17PolitanoSubstituted forGnontoat 65′minutes
  • 9ScamaccaSubstituted forCancellieriat 85′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10PellegriniBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 2Calabria
  • 4Pobega
  • 5Ramos Marchi
  • 6Ricci
  • 11Gnonto
  • 12Cragno
  • 13Dimarco
  • 14Meret
  • 18Barella
  • 19Mancini
  • 20Cancellieri
  • 22Raspadori

Germany

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 17HenrichsSubstituted forHofmannat 59′minutes
  • 15Süle
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 5KehrerBooked at 62mins
  • 6Kimmich
  • 8GoretzkaSubstituted forGündoganat 69′minutes
  • 10GnabrySubstituted forRaumat 80′minutes
  • 13MüllerSubstituted forHavertzat 70′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 19SanéSubstituted forMusialaat 59′minutes
  • 9WernerBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 3Raum
  • 4Tah
  • 7Havertz
  • 11Nmecha
  • 12Trapp
  • 14Musiala
  • 16Klostermann
  • 18Hofmann
  • 20Brandt
  • 21Gündogan
  • 22Baumann
  • 23Schlotterbeck

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