November 15, 2013



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19:45 +00:00, November 15, 2013

Giuseppe Meazza

Referee: Olegário Benquerença

Referee: Pedro Proença

Abate rescues Azzurri draw

#INSERT type:image caption:Ignazio Abate cancelled out Mats Hummels' opening goal to earn Italy a draw in Germany. END#

Joachim Loew celebrated his 100th game as Germany coach with a 1-1 draw over old rivals Italy, who remain unbeaten against the Nationalmannschaft since 1995.

Two defenders provided the goals at the San Siro with Mats Hummels on target early on for Germany, Ignazio Abate equalising before half an hour had been played for the hosts.

Italy forged the better chances to take a win, confirming their status as Germany's bogey team, although they were unable to find a winner in Milan and almost lost with the last kick of the game.

Seeking their first win over Italy since 1995, Germany were soon seeing why their fortunes have not been so good against the Azzurri, who were straight on the attack with Mario Balotelli pulling a shot wide after just 40 seconds.

It was a bright start from the hosts, but they still found themselves behind from Germany's first attack, Hummels heading in off the left-hand post from a corner in the eighth minute.

Germany could have doubled their lead in the 17th minute of an open and entertaining encounter, but the woodwork came to Italy's rescue, as it did again in the 32nd minute when Andre Schuerrle pounced on a poor clearance from Leonardo Bonucci to hit the crossbar with a dipping shot.

By that stage, Italy had already levelled, Bonucci involved positively with a neat backheeled touch for Abate, who drilled a shot in off the far post with his presumed weaker left foot.

Italy had the upper hand, but were unable to find a way though the Germany defence a second time, Balotelli spending most of his time on the floor demanding free-kicks which he was only rarely given.

From one of them, in the 51st minute, Claudio Marchisio was put through to the left of goal and Manuel Neuer had to be alert to push his angled shot behind for a corner.

Riccardo Montolivo saw two quickfire attempts blocked as the hosts continued to push for a winner with Germany patiently defending and waiting for the chance to break.

It was a tactic which was frustrating Italy, and the tempers reached boiling point after Toni Kroos bit away three times at the heels of Thiago Motta, committing a foul which led to the Bayern Munich midfielder being chased by almost all of the Italy team.

Both he and Motta saw yellow cards as the friendliness of the game drifted away for the final 10 minutes, in which the flow of the game was lost before another defender, Benedikt Howedes, almost grabbed a win for Germany, hitting the post for the third time as Italy risked losing with the last kick of the game.

Scoring Summary

Italy Germany
Ignazio Abate (28')Mats Hummels (8')


Italy Germany
Gianluigi BuffonManuel Neuer
19 Leonardo BonucciMats Hummels
15 Andrea Barzagli20 Jerome Boateng
21 Andrea PirloMarcell Jansen
Domenico CriscitoBenedikt Höwedes
Ignazio Abate18 Toni Kroos
18 Riccardo Montolivo16 Philipp Lahm
Thiago MottaSami Khedira
Claudio Marchisio19 Mario Götze
10 Pablo Daniel OsvaldoAndre Schürrle
Mario Balotelli13 Thomas Müller
16 Daniele De RossiRené Adler 12
Christian MaggioRoman Weidenfeller 22
11 Alberto GilardinoMesut Özil 8
26 Alessio CerciHeiko Westermann 23
20 Giuseppe RossiSidney Sam 24
12 Salvatore SiriguSven Bender 2
Manuel PasqualMax Kruse 14
13 Andrea RanocchiaLars Bender 15
24 Angelo OgbonnaMarcel Schmelzer 3
23 Alessandro DiamantiMarco Reus 21
28 Andrea PoliJulian Draxler 10
Antonio Candreva
27 Federico Marchetti
25 Marco Parolo
22 Emanuele Giaccherini
17 Lorenzo Insigne
14 Alessandro Florenzi
Antonio Candreva for Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (53)
Darryl Janmaat for Ricardo Van Rhijn (45)
Angelo Ogbonna for Andrea Barzagli (71)
Eljero Elia for Arjen Robben (45)
Alessio Cerci for Andrea Pirlo (82)
Stefan de Vrij for John Heitinga (45)
 Marco van Ginkel for Ibrahim Afellay (59)
 Urby Emanuelson for Rafael Van der Vaart (72)
 Lukas Podolski for Mario Götze (72)
 Sven Bender for Lars Bender (82)
 Andre Schürrle for Thomas Müller (84)
 Roman Neustädter for Lewis Holtby (87)
 Julian Draxler for Marco Reus (90)
 Marco Reus for Andre Schürrle (59)
 Mesut Özil for Mario Götze (59)
 Sven Bender for Sami Khedira (67)
 Lars Bender for Thomas Müller (87)
Yellow Cards
Claudio Marchisio (70)
Philipp Lahm (54)
Thiago Motta (82)
Toni Kroos (82)
· Squads: Italy | Germany