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November 15, 2013
• 2:45 PM
• Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
Referee: Olegário Manuel Benquerenca
• Attendance: 40000
I. Abate 28'
M. Hummels 8'
. An early header from Mats Hummels saw Germany take the lead early on, but Joachim's Low's men were pegged back thanks to a lovely move and finish from Italy and Ignacio Abate. The second period was a slightly more tepid affair until Thiago Motta, Toni Kroos, and Philipp Lahm were involved in a dust up in the middle of the park. The added spark couldn't generate a winner though, and both sides head home with a 1-1 draw. I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
Full time in Milan.
90' + 2'
GERMANY HIT THE POST! THEY ALMOST WIN IT!
Two minutes of injury time. Plenty of time for someone to grab a winner...
It doesn't look as if it is just the Germany boss who would be happy with the 1-1 result. As we approach the end of the match the players go through the motions as they run down the clock. Doubt we'll get a winner here!
Germany make another change as Lars Bender comes on to replace Thomas Muller. The Leverkusen man will add plenty of steel to that midfield, so it appears Joachim Low will be happy to head home with a draw.
The handbags between the players there should have came earlier in the match as it has added a bit of spark. Could it be the catalyst for someone to pull a late winner out of the bag?
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Yellow Card Thiago Motta
Instead, the referee brandishes yellow cards to Motta and Kroos. Both arguably lucky just to receive a booking.
It's all kicking off here! Lahm and Kroos get involved in a kicking match with Thiago Motta and the PSG man responds by sticking a forceful finger into the face of the latter! In a competitive match that's a definite sending off!
Definitely an opportunity wasted there!
And they counterattack here! It is four versus two as the visitors break forward. The ball comes to Ozil who looks to slide a pass through the middle for Muller but the ball bounces off the heel of the Bayern man, which allows Barzagli to hump the ball clear!
Just under 15 minutes to go now and it's anyone's game really. Italy have perhaps edged the play in the last 10 minutes or so but Germany can be completely devastating in the counterattack.
Kroos looks to break out of defence but hits a touch just too far ahead and allows Abate to sneak in. The German, in his attempts to recover the ball, brings down the AC Milan defender, and Italy get another set piece.
Just beyond the midway point of the second half now and although there has been plenty of action in the final third, we have seen a devoid of out-and-out goalscoring chances since the break. Plenty of time to change that, though.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
The play goes up the other end of the park and Germany get a free kick in a similar position after a late challenge from Marchisio. Kroos steps up and floats the set-piece to the back post but Italy easy see the ball out for a goal kick.
Disappointing. Pirlo's free kick drifts wide of the post and doesn't bother Neuer in the Germany goal.
Thiago Motta is robbed of possession inside the centre circle man manages to reclaim the ball and burst forward, before being bundled over by Bender. Free kick to Italy in a useful position.
The Real Madrid man won't be able to continue, and will be replaced in the middle of the park by Dortmund man, Sven Bender.
Bit of a strange one here as Sami Khedira is down injured after going in extremely late on Pirlo just inside the Italy half. The German receives treatment then hobbles off to the sidelines.
I'd say that double change from Low came at the perfect time for Germany. The Azzurri have had the best of the play since the break and have been looking more and more likely to find their second goal. Reus and Ozil will freshen things up for the visitors.
Balotelli goes on a fantastic bulldozing run through the middle and leaves a couple of Germany players in his wake. He finds space in the final third and picks out Marchisio, however the move is broken up by Germany as Candreva is eventually pick pocketed.
Joachim Low makes his first changes of the match, and what a pair to bring on. Schurrle and Gotze are replaced by Marco Reus and Mesut Ozil.
How have Italy not scored?! A goalmouth scramble sees Balotelli, Candreva, and Marchisio all have attempts to score but Germany somehow smuggle the ball out of the penalty area!
Yellow Card Philipp Lahm
Prandelli is the first coach to make a change and he withdraws Pablo Osvaldo for Antonio Candreva. He'll add something different up top for the Italians.
Khedira, who has showed plenty of attacking ambition from midfield tonight, once again breaks down the right and hits the byline. His cross goes high into the box but Italy manage to clear.
MARCHISIO!!! SUPERB MOVE BY ITALY! Pirlo feigns to shoot from a free kick and instead finds his Juventus colleague down the left, who flashes a shot towards the near post, but Neuer was on his toes and turned the ball round the post!
It looks like Muller has suffered a pretty nasty injury here. The Bayern man went down awkwardly and landed on his hand and immediately got up and sprinted to the sideline. I hope that's not a dislocation of a finger, it may have been!
We are back under way in Milan!
Half time in Milan. Mats Hummels opened the scoring for Germany with a bullet header off the post but Italy responded 21 minutes later through a wonderfully worked goal in which Abate finished into the corner. A very even match so far with both sides looking likely to add to their tally.
There's certainly a mistake or two creeping through the cracks of both defences tonight. Neither are inspiring much confidence.
Italy looking the more likely here as we approach the end of the first 45 minutes. Balotelli is beginning to look much more of a threat and he looks to be winning the hustle and bustle contest with Howedes and Hummels.
Balotelli is fuming at that one, and no wonder! Hummels gets away with one!
How have Italy not been awarded a free kick?! Balotelli turns Hummels on the edge of the box and looks to drive forward, but has his shirt blatantly pulled by the Dortmund man, but not foul given!
Barzagli ventures out of defence and fizzes a pass to the feet of Osvaldo. The Southampton man takes the ball in with a superb touch and beats off a couple of challenges before exchanging a one-two with Pirlo, but Jansen defends well to see the ball out for a goal kick.
Its end-to-end stuff at the moment with neither side really taking the initiative in the middle of the park. When you analyse it, Italy have four men in the middle of the park to Germany's three, they really should be asserting their authority more.
It's been a really entertaining match so far in the Giuseppe Meazza, and it's not really been played in a friendly atmosphere. There's plenty of animosity out there!
SCHURRLE!!!! The Chelsea man latches on to a horrible pass out of the Italian defence and decided to take his chance early with a spectacular volley from the edge of the area! Buffon was beat, but the attempt clipped the top of the bar!
One goal a piece now, and both have arguably came against the run of play!
Assist Leonardo Bonucci
Goal Ignazio Abate
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL FOR ITALY!! A WONDERFUL MOVE!!! Abate shows bags of ambition to burst into the penalty area before exchanging a gorgeous one-two with Bonucci. The Milan man then drills a left-footed strike off the post and in! 1-1! Game on!
Gotze drifts out to the left and looks to float a pass across for Khedira, but Criscito is positioned perfectly to head the ball away. With the Bayern Munich man leaving the striking position there, Germany had exactly zero players inside the penalty area.
Balotelli, perhaps predictably, is cutting a rather frustrated figure up top as he struggles to assert himself in the final third. A bright opening promised much, but a few mini-dives have saw his affect on the game decline.
Schurrle gallops down the left-hand side and typically cuts inside onto his right foot but he can't find a way through the Italian defence, and is forced to pass all the way back to Hummels.
Barzagli collects possession in a pretty precarious position inside his own box but manages to clear the ball away, despite the attentions of Gotze.
KHEDIRA!!!! WHAT A FANTASTIC SAVE FROM BUFFON!! WORLD CLASS! The Real Madrid man drives forward from midfield and drives a strike at goal from 25 yards out. It looks destined to nestle in the corner but he is thwarted by the Italian, who makes a stunning stop to turn the ball onto the post!
Italy just don't seem capable to get out of their own half at the moment. Germany are bossing it, especially in midfield.
One thing that Low's outfit don't have tonight is a physical presence inside the box in attack. Gotze has been employed in the lone striker role, with Kroos, Schurrle, and Muller in behind.
That goal from Hummels has definitely changed the tide. The visitors looked slightly apprehensive in the opening stages but have since grown into the game and are passing the ball around confidently.
HOWEDES!!! GERMANY ALMOST MAKE IT TWO! In a near carbon copy of the opening goal, the big defender headed at goal from a corner kick, but Buffon was not troubled this time as the attempt flew wide.
That was definitely against the run of play! Germany earned that set-piece from one of their first ventures up the park!
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal Mats Hummels
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLL FOR GERMANY!!! Kroos whips the corner kick to the back post and Mats Hummels rises above everyone to bullet a header in off the woodwork! 1-0!!
Khedira breaks forward down the right-hand side and looks to search for a team-mate inside the box, but his cross cannons of Criscito and out for a corner.
That certainly wasn't the case for Pirlo last weekend though, when the Italian scored a screamer of a free kick as Juventus successfully defeated Napoli in Serie A.
Pirloooooo! Just over from the Juventus man! It was wonderful technique, but this time his free kick kick sails north of the crossbar.
Free kick to Italy in a very useful position after a deliberate handball from Boateng 25 yards out.
An early warning for the Germans from the man who put them out of Euro 2012 in the Summer!
BALOTELLI!!! The Milan man makes big waves early on as he picks up the ball from deep and drives forward, but on this occasion he drags his strike wide of the post!
We are under way in Milan!
The pre-match formalities are just about finished, so we are only a few moments from kick off!
Italy, on the other hand, will no doubt take confidence from their victory at Euro 2012, and once again will want to prove that they are still among the biggest contenders in Rio in June.
Germany haven't actually defeated the Azzurri since 1995, so they'll be desperate for a momentum-building victory before they head to the World Cup in the Summer.
The nations have marched onto the field for the national anthems. Not long until we are under way!
Speaking of Low, the head coach of Germany celebrates his 100th match in charge tonight. Congratulations, Joachim!
The last time the sides met, a double from Mario Balotelli dumped Germany out of Euro 2012 in a 2-1 victory for Italy at the semi-final stage, so revenge will be on the cards for Joachim Low's men.
This may be a friendly between the two nations, but a few factors are certain to add an element of spice to the proceedings.
Germany (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Howedes, Boateng, Hummels, Jansen; Lahm, Khedira; Muller, Kroos, Schurrle; Gotze.
Italy (4-3-1-2): Buffon; Abate, Bonucci, Barzagli, Criscito; Marchisio, Pirlo, Thiago Motta; Montolivo; Balotelli, Osvaldo.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the international friendly clash between Italy and Germany from the Giuseppe Meazza!
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