Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • ImmobileZaza
  • BelottiSansone
  • Gündogan
  • WeiglGötze
  • ÉderBernardeschi
  • Tah
  • MüllerVolland
  • GoretzkaGnabry
  • 1/2 Time
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • HummelsTah
  • BuffonDonnarumma
  • RomagnoliAstori

Italy - Germany
International friendlies - 15 November 2016

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Well, that was an enjoyable little soiree. Italy played very well indeed, and had two fantastic chances to win, as well as the better of the less fantastic ones. Germany had their moments too, but were missing too many players to cohere as they normally would.

Anyhow, thanks for your company, and nighty-night.


Full-time: Italy 0-0 Germany.


Germany probe again, sending the ball left, and when the cross comes in, the cultured right foot of Leonardo Bonucci slices it behind.


Germany win a corner down the left and Tah is first two it, but the pace of the ball has it skidding off his forehead and wide.


Sansonne finds space and he drives through the middle, and has men either side as well as the space to try a shot. Instead, he decides to miskick.


There shall be three additional minutes.


Double change for Italy, because why not. Immobile and Belotti depart, Zaza and Sansonne arrive. Zaza is "currently plying his trade in England," we're advised. People actually really talk like that.


Germany are hanging on here; Italy look like a team.


Gundogan runs at Darmian and vaults over his outstretched leg, for which he is booked.


Noooooo! Italy turn Germany's right flank, Bernardeschi turning inside and sending Belotti into the box. Back to goal, he turns on the ball and goes inside then outside Mustafi, half-tricking him and half-bundling through him; it looks for all the world as though he's about to score, eight yards out and with a useful angle. But his low, drilled shot clatters the base of the post and bounces out beyond the man following up.


It's not been that kind of game.....


This be it.


At Wembley, England lead Spain 2-0, and Jamie Vardy, who scored the second, did a mannequin celebration. Gosh, how very.


You weren't, m8.


Immobile drifts left again and De Rossi finds him, Howedes blocking his route to goal. So, using him as a screen, he leans left and curls with his right, but this too drifts a few feet wide.


Volland finds himself a pocket of space just outside the box, takes a deft touch to get the ball out of his feet, and aims a left-footed curler towards the far post - it drifts a few feet wide.


It's all Italy now! Belotti breaks through the centre-circle and spreads left to Immobile, whose low cross is behind him - or, if we're being kind, aimed for Bernardeschi, arriving late. He has time to line up his shot, but spends too long setting his body and drags a tame, low effort right where Leno can sprawl upon it. Best chance of the game, that.


Germany bring on Gotze for Weigl.


Change for Italy: Bernardeschi on for Eder. And immediately he's work to do, trotting over to the right to swing in a free-kick with his left. It's hit - perhaps overhit - towards the far post,Immobile heads it back across, and Leno collects easily.


Italy are playing very nicely thank you - Di Rossi and Parolo are dominating midfield just as I said they would. But they could use some width to get round the sides of Germany, because it's very crowded in central areas.


Germany haven't got going this half, and Eder, now in the middle, runs at Mustafi - who steps in and robs him with ease.


Rudy escapes down the right and Volland stabs in his low cross at the near post, but he'd strayed just offside, the officials helped by the pitch markings - he was just on the border of two lines of mowed grass.


Eder snatches a loose ball and accelerates away from Tah who, already committed to the tackle, slides in and clatters him. He's booked, and Italy have a free-kick on the right corner of the box. He sweeps it towards the far post, but the ref espies an infringement and that's that.


Two changes for Germany: Gnabry replaces Muller and Volland replaces Goretzka.


We've now been shown the penalty incident again, and it's possible that Tah fouled Belotti outside the box, but nothing more.


As with the first half, Italy have started the stronger, and Belotti appears again, on the left this time. He chucks a stepover at Weigl, who stands there then barges through him to tackle.


Belotti shows again, there's momentary excitement, and then there isn't. But there he is again, turning on the ball at inside-right and proceeding towards the box, Tah and Mustafi hanging off him. He collapses in a heap, there are calls for a penalty, and the referee says not. We've not been shown the incident again, in case we invade our screens.


This always happens: a player goes away with his national team, and bitches about his club. Ciro Immobile is in trouble though, of course, it was lost in translation.


Eder runs at Rudi and shimmies past him, so is bundled to the ground. This offends Daniele Di Rossi, a sensitive soul.


Belotti shows for the ball again and turns, seeing space in front of him. So he slams in a drive that flies high and wide.


Ah, and a change for Germany: Jonathan Tah replaces Mats Hummels.


Belotti makes ground down the left and stretches down the by-line, cutting back for Di Rossi, but he can't quite arrive in time to do anything worthwhile.


And Italy make two changes: Donarumma replaces Buffon, and Astori replaces Romagnoli.


Away we go!


The players are ambling back out.




That was an enjoyable half, though low on chances. Both sides are going after it, and there's also a pleasing needle being nurtured. More, please.


Half-time: Italy 0-0 Germany.


Muller finds space outside the box and drills a low shot - it's quite remarkable how he manages to generate such power with those twiglets - and Zappacosta flings himself in its road. It was probably going just wide, but it would've been close.


Immobile charges into Kimmich and there's a little bit of argio-bargio, so the ref steps in and ruins it.


Immobile skins Goretzka, who can't help but trip him, school corridor-style. In a competitive game, that's a booking, but the ref decides to keep himself to himself.


Incidentally, England lead Spain 1-0 thanks to Adam Lallana's penalty. His fantastic pass gave Jamie Vardy a one-on-one, he botched his control, and Pepe Reina, the Bruce Grobbelaar de nos jours, hauled him down anyway.


Lovely turn from Arjen Darmian, and he finds Romagnoli outside him. Belotti is urging him to cross, which he does, but he sends the ball out for a goalkick.


Very nice from Germany, Hummels darting a pass into Gundogan who, 25 yards out, finds Weigl to his right and keeps going, smacking the lofted return on the half-volley. But he can't get a proper connection, and the Buffon gathers easily.


Early days, but I concur.


Brilliant from Muller, appearing on the right and swerving a spitting, hissing low cross into the corridor of uncertainty. Gerhardt and Gundogan are both there too, but neither can make contact and Buffon dives to gather.


Beautiful from Di Rossi, taking a square ball from Zappacosta and sweeping a first time pass over the top, into the path of Immobile at inside-right. Leno charges out, and perhaps puts him off, because he could go round him, he could roll it past him if he's quick, but instead he thrashes it high and wide. Capricious behaviour.


But this is very nice, Belotti - who's made the right decision every time he's got the ball - comes short and lays a speedy one wide, for Zappacosta. He crosses low and hard, but Mustafi is first to it, conceding a corner which comes to nothing.


It's gone pretty quiet.


Ah, there's Gundogan, thrashing a shot from a headed clearance that's so awful it doesn't even go out for a throw, though it does proceed in that direction.


I'm not quite sure what Italy are playing at with this formation. Perhaps they're relying on Bonucci to step into midfield, but it's hard to see how they don't get outnumbered in midfield, and that's pretty much what's happening now. They're finding it hard to get on the ball.


We've not seen much of Ilkay Gundogan so far.


Hummels slams a low pass into Goretzka, who was immediately rattled - fairly - by the wonderful Bonucci, just as it looked like he'd been caught on his heels. How dare one think such a thing.


Mario Balotelli appears to be in the crowd, and it can't be long before he's back involved for Italy. And what an absolute joy that would be.


My commentator has just compared Romagnoli to Baresi, and called Baresi elegant. The best, maybe, but elegant? I'm not sure about that; I'd hope that the man himself would consider such description an insult.


Germany forage down the right, and suddenly Goretzka finds himself cutting into the box, at an angle! But he's reckoned without Gianluigi Buffon - what a name that is - who slides in with his feet to avert the danger.


Disgraceful lack of crouching. People are so lazy nowadays.


This is lovely from Italy, Belotti laying a pass into space down the right, in the knowledge that Immobile was after it. So he arrived in plenty of time and fairly belted a low cross that Eder tried to leesharpe, attempting a backheel into the far corner. He doesn't make it, but that was a nice move and run nonetheless.


Belotti comes short and clips a nice pass into the path of Darmian. He crosses, and is probably relieved to see it deflected behind by Mustafi, given the usual quality of his delivery. The corner comes to nowt.


Is Italy v Germany the classic and definitive European fixture? Apart from England v Scotland, obviously. I'd say so, with a nod to Netherlands v Germany.


Weigl slips a shot ball into Goretzka, who cunningly allows it to run across him, losing Di Rossi and finding Gundogan. But for once, his touch lets him down and Italy recover possession and clear.


This game has started at a very pleasing pace.


Lovely turn form Muller, 25 yards from goal, and he played in Gerhardt to his right. For a second, he had a glimpse of goal, but only a glimpse and only of a very small part of it. But his shot was charged down almost as soon as it left his laces.


This has started quickly, and Di Rossi escapes Gundogan, sliding a ball through to Belotti who, in form as he is, swivels and rockets a shot from distance just over the bar.


Off we go! Happily, and for those of you watching in black and white, I've got commentary in both English and Italian.


And here we are! Pictures!


It's contagious.


More details when the gambling site showing the match furnishes me with a picture. in your own time, lads.


The players are upon us.


For Italy, De Sciglio, Bonaventura, Verratti and Candreva miss out; Rugiani, Darmian, Parolo and Eder come in.


As for Germany, Kimmich, Hummels,Gundogan and Muller are the only survivors from the 8-0 win over San Marino.


Thinking about Italy, they played a 4-2-4 against Lichtenstein. I wondered if that was a tactical decision, or a new way; it appears to have been the latter.


And another thing for which to look out. Does it really matter, though? Does anyone normal really care whether refs get calls right or not?


Is there a better football ground in the world than San Siro? There may well not be, or at least, it's on that level with the Bernabeu and Old Trafford (I've not yet had the privilege of the Westfalen. Oh, and the Allianz is good as well.


One thing to look out for tonight; sorry, one thing for which to look out; is Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt making his debut. Not short of handy midfielders, old Germany.


Every hour and every day I'm learning more. There more I learn the less I know about what on earth this Germany team is all about. So said UB40, and I agree. Anyway, what is it that prevents them from producing a striker?


As you do.




Italy have Matteo Darmian playing on the right of midfield. It's the way they tell them.

And yes, it seems this was once allowed.


So, Italy will be playing their modish 3-4-3; Germany will be playing their Lowish 4-6-0. This might be the first time a team has a employed a midfield hexagon.


And yer Mannschaft:




I mean, Italy v Germany! And from Giuseppe Meazza too! It's not a bad old life.


Evening all. It's Italy v Germany!