Nations League – England and Italy back to back (0-0), Germany hung in Hungary (1-1)

England – Italy: 0-0

The revenge of the last Euro final was more than disappointing. Saturday evening, England and Italy were unable to decide (0-0), during the third day of Group 3 of League A of the Nations League, in a Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton behind closed doors . The English and the Italians were especially engaged in the first act, in a part marked by a certain false rhythm. When Gianluigi Donnarumma was approached by Mason Mount (5th, 40th), who also found the crossbar (9th), the game then promised to be spectacular, between the vice-champions and reigning European champions.

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Opposite, Roberto Mancini’s men, who had Serie B players in their ranks, like Federico Gatti (Frosinone), who played 90 minutes in central defense, were especially to their advantage at the end of the first period. But neither Sandro Tonali (25th), nor Matteo Pessina (44th) and even less Manuel Locatelli (45th) failed to take Aaron Ramsdale, more than vigilant in his cage. The false rhythm glimpsed in the first act was then the majority in a very dull second period.

Only Raheem Sterling was able to stand out (55th), but without managing to deceive the vigilance of the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper. And it was therefore not enough to avoid this fourth consecutive draw between the two selections, for their 29th confrontation. In the standings, with five units, Italy consolidates its leading position, while England, which has only two small points in three days, remains dead last.

Federico Gatti and Jack Grealish during the England-Italy meeting in the Nations League

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Hungary – Germany: 1-1

A Mannschaft in the hard. Like the France team, the Germans are suffering in this edition of the League of Nations. Three matches and still no victory in this competition. This Saturday evening in Budapest, Hans-Dieter Flick’s men obtained their third draw by the same score (1-1). This poor performance will not have any immediate detrimental consequences, because with the 0-0 draw between Italy and England, it is the status quo in this group 3. Germany remains third, at one point from Hungary and two units from the transalpine leader.

Private Rüdiger and Gnabry, Manuel Neuer’s teammates delivered a rather disappointing overall performance. Seeming only too rarely able to fault the Hungarian defensive block. With just one shot on target throughout the game. The attacking trio Havertz, Musiala, Werner was, moreover, particularly transparent. It was actually the two pistons that provided the best opportunities. Thanks to Raum, with a nice curled shot just next to the far post (40th).

And especially thanks to Hofmann at the origin of two enormous opportunities. The Monchengladbach player first equalized by beating Gulacsi who misread the trajectory of the ball in depth from Schlotterbeck (1-1, 9th). He then harvested a good match point following a shift from Havertz. Instead of hitting against the Hungarian goalkeeper, he preferred to give Werner on his left. But his pass, poorly supported, was intercepted by Orban (73rd).

A bad choice that could leave regrets. Even if Hungary also had the ammunition to win. She also quickly opened the scoring thanks to a powerful shot from Nagy under the bar (1-0, 6th). And she could also have taken advantage a few times. On a volley from Fiola pushed back on his line by Neuer (44th). Or on the two heads of Adam not supported enough at the end of the match (81st and 82nd). A sign that this parity score is certainly logical.

Jonas Hoffman and Germany players celebrate the equalizer against Hungary (1-1) in the Nations League

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