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Italy Fight Back For German Draw

Ignazio Abate scored his first goal for his country as Italy claimed a 1-1 draw against Germany in an International Friendly match at the San Siro on Friday evening.

Mats Hummels opened the scoring after just seven minutes of play only for the Milan full-back to respond with a low shot 20 minutes later.

Italy came into the game boasting an incredible run of 15 wins, nine draws and only seven defeats against the Germans, with the latest result coming in Italy’s 2-0 semi-final win in the 2012 Euro.

The home side were the first to offer an attack at goal when Mario Balotelli bundled through the German midfield before pulling his shot wide.

His effort was soon followed up by Andrea Pirlo’s third minute curling trademark free-kick which whiskered inches over Manuel Neuer’s goal, but it was Germany who shocked the home side by taking the lead four minutes later.

Mats Hummels was the one to nod it into the back of the net when his header off a corner kick struck the upright and rebounded into the back of the net, beating Gianluigi Buffon in goal.

The towering defender threatened off another corner kick, which went agonizingly wide, while Claudio Marchisio saw his powerful left-footed drive deflected out for a corner in the 26th minute.

Two minutes later, however, Ignazio Abate made it 1-1 when he drove home a low ball into the bottom left hand corner following a great one-two with Leonardo Bonucci from the six-yard area.

Then Andre Schurrle’s snapshot was denied by the crossbar following a poor clearance on the half hour, sending both teams into the game delicately poised.

Five minutes into the restart Neuer stood his ground by punching away Marchisio’s shot at the near post following a brilliant unexpected lay-off by Pirlo off a set-piece.

Tempers started to boil and the true colours of the rivalry between the two nations were put on show after Toni Kroos was struck in the face by Thiago Motta, following an initial foul from the Bayern Munich midfielder.

Neither side could find the match-winning strike they had so desired, recording a draw in the city of Milan.


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