Italian development;  England and Germany in a six-goal thriller

Italian development; England and Germany in a six-goal thriller

Part of the healing process has been completed for Italy.

Looking to regain respectability after failing to qualify for a second successive World Cup, the Azzurri secured a 2-0 win in Hungary on Monday thanks to goals from Giacomo Raspadori and Federico Dimarco. The league went on to the next year’s finals tournament.

At the top of a group that also includes England and Germany, Italy joined the Netherlands and Croatia in qualifying for the last four, which will be hosted by the Netherlands in June.

Portugal or Spain will complete the line-up when they meet on Tuesday.

Unlike Italy, England and Germany will go to the World Cup in Qatar in less than two months and they will travel to the Middle East on the back of a 3-3 draw at Wembley Stadium, where all the goals were scored. second half

Trailing 2-0, England scored three goals in 12 minutes from 71 – through Luke Shaw, Mason Mount and Harry Kane penalties – only for Kai Hartz to equalize through England goalkeeper Nick Pope in the 87th minute. scored a goal

England’s winless run extended to six games as Gareth Southgate’s side ended their Nations League campaign without a win and suffered defeat.

Germany are not in great shape ahead of the World Cup, with just one win in their last seven matches.

Italy won Group A3 with 11 points, one more than Hungary, who went into the game in Budapest needing only a draw to reach the last four of the Nations League for the first time.

Italy returns

The Italians find it easier to qualify for the Nations League finals than the World Cup.

They also reached the 2021 tournament, losing to Spain in the semi-finals at home in their first few months as European champions.

Much has changed in the squad since defeating England in the European Championship final at Wembley last year, not least up front where Raspadori makes his mark.

Three days after scoring the winner against England in Milan, the Napoli striker put Italy ahead after Adam Nagy’s back pass fell short.

Wilfred Ganto challenged goalkeeper Peter Galaxi for a goal, who took a free kick and Raspadori was smart to round Galaxi and convert his finish in the 27th.

Gianluigi Donnarumma produced a series of diving stops – including a hat-trick in a matter of seconds – before Niccolò Barella played the ball in at the other end to Brian Cristian, who scored his first goal for Italy. The goal went to DeMarco to score from close range.

A late push by Hungary failed to yield a goal.

“We were the best for 70 minutes, the last 20 I didn’t like very much,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini. “We are delighted – it is important to reach the last four of the Nations League for the second time.”

MAGUIRE under investigation

Under pressure for his starting place in the England team, Harry Maguire did not help his cause against Germany.

The Manchester United center back was at fault for Germany’s 52nd-minute opener from the spot by Ilkay Gundogan – Maguire initially passed the ball to Jamal Musyala, then fouled the youngster in the area. – and then sacked in midfield to let it go. A curling finish from the edge of the area by Havertz, to break the Germans down.

Maguire has lost his starting place in the United States but Southgate has kept his faith in the defender, who usually plays better for his country than his club. It was a tough night around England’s centre-backs, with John Stones forced off with a suspected hamstring injury.

England fought back well, with Kane’s penalty taking him to 51 goals for England, two off Wayne Rooney’s national record, but yet another error proved costly.

Pope, filling in for the injured Jordan Pickford, deflected Serge Gnabry’s weak shot and Howertz was on hand to parry it from close range.

“A couple of mistakes cost us goals, but I’ll focus on the fact that they played with a lot of spirit and showed a belief that we haven’t shown in the last few games,” Southgate said.

Before kick-off there was a well-observed period of silence as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died this month. The players of both teams were wearing black turbans.

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