Football – Lauer Beginning: The German Football Association has not yet participated in the World Cup – sport

Bologna (dpa) – That wasn’t a World Cup mood maker yet. The German national football team did not lose its first Nations League endurance test against European champions Italy – kickers Hansi Flick revealed weaknesses in all parts of the team in the 1-1 (0-0) victory at Mogi Bologna.

Joshua Kimmich (73rd minute) prevented at least the first defeat under Flick’s leadership shortly after the Italian Lorenzo Pellegrini (70th minute) took the lead.

Lots of inaccuracies and low speed clearly annoyed the national coach during the start of the demanding international block. We continue on Tuesday in Munich against runner-up provocateur England.

The Squadra Azzurra, who did not qualify for the finals in Qatar and changed dramatically after the victory of the European Championship 2021, the German team in front of 23,754 spectators caused far more problems than Flick would have liked. After the German federation’s selection against the British national team, which lost 1-0 to Hungary, and the match in Budapest (June 11), the two teams met on June 14 in the return leg in Mönchengladbach.

The rivalry in the 36th edition of the classic international match between the four-time world champions could already be felt before kick-off at the Renato Dallara Stadium. When some spectators booed during the German anthem, the Italian players and most of the fans as well as Italian journalists engulfed the disturbances with loud applause.

The German team was initially unaffected by the background and presented itself with a modified tactical system in the early stages. Flick had asked his team shortly before the match to “sign up from the start”. Offensively, the German FA’s three-man selection continued the hunt for Leroy Sane, who was knocked off the field by Flick nearly an hour after a disappointing performance, and Serge Gnabry out. With a superb solo shot on the right, Gnabry created a real threat for the first time, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma of Paris Saint-Germain saved with confidence (15).

Former Bayern coach Flick relied on a strong and well-established mass of German record champions with seven professionals in Munich. On the other hand, the Italians were still able to see the turmoil almost a year after winning the European Championship. The Squadra Azzurra team struggled to find their chassis. Only Donnarumma has been on the field since 11 starts in the European Championship final against England – as Flick described the Italian team as “unknown” given the starting line-up. Compared to 0:3 at Finalissima against South American champions Argentina three days ago, European champions coach Roberto Mancini changed ten positions.

Both teams had problems on the field, which was watered heavily before kick-off. Players faded again and again, and the game flattened after an active start. However, the Italians, motivated by Tifosi, gained increasing confidence. From a distance of more than 20 metres, Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamaca hit the outside post (35), which prompted the crowd to shout “Italy” even louder.

Flick stood on the sidelines with his hands on his hips, and the national coach did not like the way the match went. After a strong German attack from the penalty area to the penalty area, the result was again very inaccurate, as Gnabry shot the ball far above it from twelve meters (37).

Shortly after the break, Germany’s central defense with Antonio Rüdiger and Niklas Süle lacked coordination: Scamaca was completely liberated in front of Manuel Neuer to head the ball, but did not hit the ball correctly (47′). Italian fans celebrated La Ola anyway, as their team was now in control of the match. Matteo Politano’s attempt from the right (56) narrowly missed the far post.

20 minutes before the end, Captain Neuer was beaten. After a cross by Wilfried Gonto, Lorenzo Pellegrini only had to put his foot in the middle. But the German federation immediately responded: substitute Jonas Hoffmann crossed from the right, the Italians complained in vain about a handball from Timo Werner, Kimmich maintained the overview and pulled hard. In the end, the Bayern Munich midfielder still had the winning goal on his feet, but Donnarumma prevented an impressive German success (79).

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