League of Nations – Italy hung by Germany (1-1), Mancini and his men in the hard, Donnarumma touched

The European champions raise their heads, but without winning. Corrected by Argentina in the middle of the week (0-3), Italy reacted against Germany on Saturday during the first day of the League of Nations and obtained a draw (1-1). First dominated, the Nazionale nevertheless opened the scoring thanks to Lorenzo Pellegrini (70th) but Joshua Kimmich quickly put the Germans back in the right direction and equalized (73rd). This sharing of points benefits Hungary, which had beaten England a little earlier in this group 3 (1-0). At the end of m

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Still marked by their rout against the Albiceleste in the Finalissima, Italy suffered seriously at the start of the match. She was unable to get out of her camp against the German organization and pressing. Gigio Donnarumma, however, stood up to Serge Gnabry (15th) while his defenders showed fighting spirit and Roberto Mancini’s men held on. More combative like the novice Davide Frattesi in midfield, they began to push back the opposing block.

Donnarumma touched on the last action of the match

The volunteer center forward Gianluca Scamacca even placed an axial shot from 20 meters on the right post of Manuel Neuer (35th). The Germans had suddenly become very messy and clumsy at the finish like Gnabry who took off his recovery too much at the penalty spot (38th). This new trend was confirmed after the break and Scamacca then Sandro Tonali almost opened the scoring (47th and 50th). The curling shot from Matteo Politano also grazed the top corner of Neuer (56th).

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Hansi Flick, like his Italian counterpart, chained the changes in this open match. Mancini, who had called on several new players, gave his chance to Wiflried Gnonto, trained at Inter but left free at FC Zurich in 2020 (65th). The 18-year-old winger quickly stood out by overflowing left-back Thilo Kehrer to serve Pellegrini on a set (1-0, 70th).

Wilfried Gnonto, during the Italy-Germany match (1-1) in the League of Nations

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Germany however reacted immediately and Kimmich, boss of the midfield, quickly equalized (1-1, 73rd). The Munich’s partners again raised their voices but Donnarumma held on in an unbridled end to the match. The Parisian goalkeeper, however, injured his left hand in an aerial collision with Antonio Rüdiger on a final German corner (90th + 4). His state of health will be monitored before Tuesday’s match against Hungary for this convalescent Italy in search of new benchmarks.

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