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1 vs 1
Played
November 15, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza — Milano
Referee:‬ Olegário Manuel Benquerenca‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
Top of the Match
Ignazio Abate
Ignazio Abate
Italy
Ignazio Abate
Ignazio Abate
Italy
Flop of the Match
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Italy
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Germany

Italy 1-1 Germany: European giants shares spoils in Milan

The Azzurri went behind early on to Mats Hummels but Ignazio Abate scored later in the first half to ensure that the Mannschaft were denied a victory

Andrea Pirlo Mario Gotze Italy Germany 11152013
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Italy came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw on home turf against fellow European giants Germany on Friday.

The visitors looked on course to end their 18-year winless streak against the Azzurri at the seventh attempt before Cesare Prandelli's equalised via Ignazio Abate.

Joachim Low's 100th match as Germany coach got off to a perfect start as Mats Hummels headed in Toni Kroos' pin-point corner in the first 10 minutes.

Italy levelled just before the 30th minute, though, as Abate and Leonardo Bonucci linked up impressively inside the area, with the Juventus man picking up an assist courtesy of an audacious flicked pass.

The home side improved after the break but were almost stunned by a late Benedikt Howedes strike that crashed off the post.

Both coaches named strong teams as Mario Balotelli was picked to lead the line for Italy, while Mario Gotze started the match as the most advanced player for Germany in a false nine role.

Philipp Lahm insisted revenge for their Euro 2012 semi-final defeat against Italy was not on Germany's mind, but they certainly proved a point with a dominant opening 25 minutes.

Their use of the ball was impressive in the early stages and they took an eighth-minute lead as Hummels headed Kroos' corner in off the post, while Marcell Jansen nodded a similar delivery just wide two minutes later.

Despite the superiority of Low's side, Italy drew level in the 28th minute as Abate played a one-two with Bonucci before firing low past Manuel Neuer.

Andre Schurrle went close to restoring the visitors' lead just after the half-hour mark, but his volleyed effort from 25 yards struck the crossbar and went over.

Italy showed more urgency at the start of the second half and created a good chance in the 51st minute as Andrea Pirlo fed Claudio Marchisio into the area, but his left-footed shot was palmed away by Neuer.

Riccardo Montolivo was the next to go close for Prandelli's men, but after Domenico Criscito's low cross was cut out, the AC Milan midfielder pounced only to have his close-range effort blocked by Jerome Boateng.

With Italy generally in control, Low made the decision to introduce Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus from the bench just past the hour, but they struggled to make an impact against the hosts' resolute backline.

Thiago Motta was lucky to escape a red card in the final 10 minutes after striking Kroos on the nose in retaliation for a foul.

And with the last kick of the match, centre-back Howedes fired a powerful effort against the post that bounced to safety.


Italy

1
Gianluigi Buffon
Goalkeeper
2.50
15
Andrea Barzagli
Defender
71′
2.00
4
4.00
19
3.50
20
Ignazio Abate
Defender
28′
4.00
21
Andrea Pirlo
Midfielder
82′
3.50
8
Claudio Marchisio
Midfielder
70′
3.50
18
Riccardo Montolivo
Midfielder
2.00
8
Thiago Motta
Midfielder
82′
3.00
17
2.00
45
2.50

Germany

3.00
1
Manuel Neuer
Goalkeeper
3.50
4
3.50
15
2.50
7
3.00
21
3.00
17
2.50
19
Mario Götze
Midfielder
60′
3.50
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
67′
3.50
39
Toni Kroos
Midfielder
8′ 82′
3.50
14
3.00
25
Thomas Müller
Midfielder
87′

Substitutes

22
 - 
30
 - 
5
 - 
23
 - 
23
 - 
87
2.50
11
Alessio Cerci
Midfielder
82′
 - 
24
 - 
16
Andrea Poli
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
16
 - 
23
 - 
16
Marco Parolo
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 
49
 - 
24
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
15
René Adler
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
 - 
4
 - 
29
 - 
4
 - 
10
Julian Draxler
Midfielder
 - 
8
Lars Bender
Midfielder
87′
2.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
60′
3.00
11
Marco Reus
Midfielder
59′
 - 
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
67′
 - 
18
Sidney Sam
Midfielder
 - 
10
Max Kruse
Midfielder

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0