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Lahm: Germany deserved to beat Italy

November 15, 2013
By ESPN staff

Germany captain Philipp Lahm believes his side deserved to take more than a 1-1 draw out of their friendly clash with Italy on Friday.

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GettyImagesIgnazio Abate cancelled out Mats Hummels' opener for Germany.

Mats Hummels gave Germany the lead after just eight minutes, but Ignazio Abate levelled for the hosts 20 minutes later with a sublime strike.

The Nationalmannschaft came closest to taking the spoils as they hit the post three times, including Benedikt Howedes' shot against the woodwork with the last kick of the game.

"We could have won easily here," Lahm told ZDF television. "We had the best chances and we hit the woodwork three times."

Germany have not beaten Italy since 1995 and midfielder Toni Kroos was pleased with the close nature of the match in anticipation of Tuesday's meeting with England.

"You could tell that both sides wanted to win it," he said. "It was a very intense game. It's always good to have tests like this, to see what we still need to improve on and what we are doing well."

Coach Joachim Low added: "We knew it wouldn't be a friendly game against Italy. That is why we chose these games, to play at a very high level.

"Italy are tactically and defensively very strong, changing things around a lot during games. They are brought up to play like this from birth so it's good to try things out against them."

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