Dominated and led by a rather attractive German team, England managed to pick up at the very end of the match to bring back a draw from Munich. Hooked by Schlotterbeck, Harry Kane responded to Hofmann’s opener from the penalty spot, scoring his 50e goal in the jersey of Three Lions. A division of points which does not help anyone, apart from Italy of course.
Germany 1-1 England
Goals: Hofmann (51e) for the Mannschaft // Kane (88eSP) for the Three Lions
It was barely a year ago, at Wembley, in the round of 16 of the Euro, and the Three Lions had imposed themselves to continue their journey. Eleven months later, Germans and English had another meeting in this League of Nations, this time on the side of Munich. With only one idea in mind: not to let the qualifying wagon go for the last four. And over the course of a real battle, Germany regularly took the upper hand, before validating their domination on the return from the locker room by Hofmann. Until this penalty scraped and transformed by Harry Kane at the end of the evening, which condemns the two teams to the spot.
At full speed
Two teams in search of success, young people with long teeth a few months before taking off for Qatar and talent on every square centimeter of lawn: this shock could only reserve its dose of spectacle. It takes a rescue from Walker to deprive Müller of an early opener on a corner literally offered to the Germans who bite at the start of the match like starving people (2e). Despite a strike from Kane on Neuer (7e), it is the Mannschaft who dominates an already grueling fight for bodies harassed by an endless season, and Calvin Phillips is the first to have to lay down his arms. On a long deep ball, Hofmann thinks of unlocking the counters, but he was in an offside position when he got away behind the defense (23e). Harry Kane does not fit his half-volley on a new corner (27e), while Germany badly negotiates several moves and misses the opportunity to take the lead. A last one on both sides for the road, just to conclude in style a playful first act? Musiala’s volley ends in Pickford’s niche (45e), just before the roc Neuer single-handedly took out Saka’s cross attempt (45e+1).
Harry Kane as a savior
Fifteen minutes to recharge the batteries, and we’re off again. With one difference, this time: the nets will soon shake. Perfectly found in the surface, Hofmann connects perfectly to turn around, hole Pickford and validate the good German intentions (1-0, 51e). Neuer hits the horizontal to deprive Bellingham of a quick equalizer (53e), but England have well and truly taken the sky on their head and can no longer move forward. Hero twice ahead of Müller (70e) then Werner (75e), Pickford keeps the treacherous Albion alive, but a miracle from Neuer deprives Kane of the perfect shot (76e). Reinvigorated by the invigorating entry of Jack Grealish, the visitors finally pick up: Mr. Del Cerro Grande awards a penalty to Harry Kane, hooked by Schlotterbeck after recourse to the video, giving the English striker the opportunity to sign a 50e selection goal (1-1, 88e). It is not Italy that will come to complain about this sharing of points.
Germany (3-4-3): Neuer – Schlotterbeck, Rüdiger, Klostermann – Hofmann (Gnabry, 65e), Kimmich, Gündoğan (Sané, 83e), Raum-Müller (Goretzka, 76e), Havertz, Musiala (Werner, 65e). Coach : Hansi Flick.
England (4-2-3-1): Pickford-Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier-Phillips (Bellingham, 14e), Rice-Saka (Bowen, 80e), Mount (Grealish, 72e), Sterling-Kane. Coach : Gareth Southgate.
By Tom Binet