Kane’s penalty is worth England’s draw against Germany; Italy wins
It looked like Jonas Hofmann’s 51st-minute goal would give Germany a measure of consolation for their loss to England in the European Championship last year and condemn Gareth Southgate’s side to their second successive defeat after losing 1-0 to Hungary on Saturday.
But Kane, who missed several good chances, stayed cool to convert the better chance late in the game.
Germany coach Hansi Flick made seven changes to the side that drew 1-1 in Italy on Saturday, while Southgate made four against the side that lost in Hungary.
Players from both teams knelt on one knee before kick-off in an anti-racism stance. The Munich stadium was also illuminated in the colors of the rainbow as a sign of the fight against homophobia.
Germany got off to the better start, forcing two corners early on. Kyle Walker made a potentially life-saving clearance for England.
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips had to leave early after a clash with Schlotterbeck. Schlotterbeck’s 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund team-mate Jude Bellingham made his 14th appearance in place of Phillips.
Hofmann had a goal ruled offside after a long VAR check and then Kane fired an empty goal from close range after a corner kick at the other end.
18-year-old Jamal Musiala, who was playing an outstanding game, fired a good chance on goalkeeper Jordan Pickford towards the end of the first half. There was still time before the break for Bukayo Saka to test Manuel Neuer and then fire another chance just wide.
Germany failed to create more chances after Hofmann’s breakthrough.
Lorenzo Pellegrini continued his impressive goalscoring form to help Italy beat Hungary 2-1 in Cesena.
Pellegrini completed a well-worked team move on the stroke of half-time when Matteo Politano cut into the right side of the box and placed a low cross to put the Roma midfielder in position at the far post .
It was Pellegrini’s second goal in as many appearances for Italy, having also scored against Germany. Pellegrini scored nine times for Roma in Serie A last season and five times in the Europa Conference League to help his side lift the trophy.
Nicolò Barella scored Italy’s first goal in the 30th minute. Leonardo Spinazzola controlled a long ball over the top and rolled it around the edge of the area for Barella to place a pinpoint shot into the top left corner.
Italy were playing with renewed enthusiasm and had several chances to score a third. But the Azzurri put Hungary back in the game in the 61st minute when Gianluca Mancini turned a cross from substitute Attila Fiola into his own net.
It is nevertheless a convincing performance from Roberto Mancini’s team which is reconnecting with a process of reconstruction. European champions Italy failed to qualify for a second consecutive World Cup and lost 3-0 to Argentina in the Finalissima last week.
Moreover, Turkey won 6-0 in Lithuania and Luxembourg won 1-0 in the Faroe Islands.
Finland beat Montenegro 2-0 and a goal from Smail Prevljak was enough for Bosnia and Herzegovina to beat Romania 1-0.
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