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England and Italy in the Nations League draw when Germany was held to a draw by Hungary

12 Jun 2022 | 15:13 | Football

England are bottom of the UEFA Nations League table without a win after drawing 0-0 with Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Saturday, while Germany settled for a point in a 1-1 draw in Hungary.

The meeting in Wolverhampton between coach Gareth Southgate’s side and the European champions was held in front of 3,000 people, most of them school children, as punishment for the incidents that derailed the Euro 2020 final between the clubs. same country at Wembley last year.

UEFA rules say a match required to take place behind closed doors can still be attended by children with adults, as happened last weekend when Hungary beat England in Budapest.

England followed up that comeback with a 1-1 draw in Germany and another draw at Molineux that left them bottom of League A, Group 3 with just two points from three outings before hosting Hungary at the same venue. on Tuesday in the final match of a long campaign. .

Mason Mount scored an early goal for England, while Aaron Ramsdale made a brilliant save to deny Sandro Tonali for the Italian side with only two starting players also lined up in the Championship final Europe.

“We had two or three really good chances to score, but we lacked sharpness in front of goal,” said Southgate.

Roberto Mancini’s Italy is rebuilding after failing to qualify for the World Cup and topping the group after Hungary and Germany knocked each other out in Budapest.

Zsolt Nagy put Hungary ahead, after Manuel Neuer saved Rolland Salai’s header.

However, Germany needed just three minutes to equalize when Jonas Hofmann of Borussia Moenchengladbach caught a long ball forward and rounded the keeper before finishing.

“I’ve said before that this is the hardest game you can have after England,” Germany coach Hansi Flick told RTL after his side’s third 1-1 draw in a row.

“But we’re in development. We have to see that we learn lessons from this game.”

Depay missed a late penalty

The Netherlands are top of Group A, Group 4 after drawing 2-2 with Poland in Rotterdam, but they could have won their third in as many games if Memphis Depay hadn’t squandered a late penalty.

England full-back Matty Cash put Poland ahead in the 18th minute with a low strike, and the visitors doubled their advantage fifth minute after half-time as Przemyslaw Frankowski leveled. way for Piotr Zielinski to finish.

However, the hosts equalized almost immediately when Daley Blind’s cross from the left was swept in by Davy Klaassen, and they leveled in the 54th minute when Denzel Dumfries made it 2-2.

They could have won in injury time when Cash was penalized inside the box, but Barcelona forward Depay watched his penalty kick go wide of the post.

Meanwhile, Brennan Johnson – a star of Nottingham Forest as they win promotion to the Premier League this season – came on from the bench to score a late equalizer as Wales drew 1-1 with Belgium in Cardiff. .

Ireland hammer Scotland

Youri Tielemans put Belgium ahead early in the second half in Cardiff, but Wales earned their first point of the Nations League campaign.

Before that, their attention had been on the decisive World Cup qualifying play-off against Ukraine, which won 1-0 last weekend to qualify for the global tournament for the first time since. since 1958.

Wales will now face the Netherlands in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

In League B, the Republic of Ireland got their first Group 1 win in impressive style, beating Scotland 3-0 in Dublin.

Alan Browne and Troy Parrott scored in the first half for Ireland before Michael Obafemi netted in an impressive third early in the second half.

In the same group, Ukraine has its second win in as many matches since the loss to Wales, when they beat Armenia 3-0 in a match in the Polish city of Lodz.