Germany record first competitive win against Italy, Hungary beat England in UEFA Nations League



The result in Mönchengladbach ended a run of four consecutive draws for Germany and saw Hansi Flick’s side take second place in Group A3 of UEFA’s biennial European football competition, which is in its third edition.

Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring for Germany from inside the box after 10 minutes, before Ilkay Gündogan added a second from the penalty spot at half-time.

Thomas Müller made it 3-0 five minutes into the second half, before two goals within two minutes from Timo Werner – the second of which came after a confusion in the Italian defense – made it the game even more out of reach. for Italy.

Wilfried Gnonto pulled one back from close range when Manuel Neuer’s save was pushed his way – the 18-year-old’s first goal for Italy – while Alessandro Bastoni’s header near the post from a corner turned out to be a late consolation goal.

The result means Flick is yet to suffer defeat after 13 games as Germany coach, with his side recording a historic first victory against Italy in their 11th meeting.

Müller scored his 44th international goal in Germany's win over Italy.
For Italy, crowned European champions last year, it adds disappointment to a year that saw the Azzurri fail to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar and lose the 2022 Finalissima 3-0 to Barcelona. Argentina of Lionel Messi.

“We are angry, there are no excuses tonight,” said goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

“We have to look each other in the eye and start over to show that this is not the real Italy. We missed everything tonight.”

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It was also a night to forget for England, Italy’s opponents in last year’s Euro 2020 final, after a 4-0 loss to Hungary at Molineux – the first away win of Hungary against England since 1953.

Although the Three Lions dominated the early stages of the match, Hungary took the lead when Roland Sallai scored from a free kick inside the box.

Reece James headed the ball off the line to deny Hungary another goal later in the first half, but Sallai stunned the home side again in the 70th minute when he scored his second goal .

Things went from bad to worse for England as Ádám Nagy crashed in Hungary’s third goal, John Stones was sent off for a second yellow card and Dániel Gazdag completed the rout.

The loss marked England’s second successive loss to Hungary and fourth game without a win in the Nations League this season.

Hungarian players celebrate a famous victory against England.

“I chose a very young team, it’s my responsibility,” said head coach Gareth Southgate.

“I didn’t find the right balance in the two games against Hungary. After the first goal, the anxiety set in a bit and we couldn’t recover from it.”

The next round of Group A3 matches will take place on September 23 with Italy hosting England and Germany hosting Hungary.


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