Roberto Mancini's Italy was deeply rejuvenated, and six new Azzurri celebrated their first selection. Italy resisted Germany (1-1), on Saturday in Bologna during the League of Nations.
The Mannschaft is still undefeated with eight wins and two draws since Hansi Flick's arrival as coach in September 2021. They have had the best chance to win the 36th edition.
The Nazionale was able to recover its morale three days after it had been beaten by Argentina (3-0) and put the resources in place to find the problem first. This was after Wilfried Gnonto (18 years old), who played at FC Zurich. He was the author of a decisive overload for Lorenzo Pellegrini (70%).
It was not enough to shake the once more solid Germany. Joshua Kimmich (73rd) equalized.
The Three Lions' record of 22 consecutive games without a loss in regulation time was broken when Hungary defeated England 1-0 earlier in the afternoon.
Gareth Southgate was last to lose in regulation time when Belgium beat him on November 15, 2020 at the League of Nations (2-0). England lost against Italy in the Euro final in July 2021, but it was on penalties.
Due to closed sessions imposed after racist incidents at the Euro 2021, three quarters of the stadium was empty for this match. However, the Hungarian Federation used an article from the UEFA rules to invite thousands of children and their parents to the stands.
In the first period, the Hungarians tied with England and made clear chances through Szoboszlai (11) and Zsolt Nagy (30th), and Szalai (34)
After a foul by Reece James against Zsolt Nagy, West Ham striker Jarrod bowen and Leicester left back James Justin found themselves in a formation that had two new players at kickoff. Dominik Szoboszlai, RB Leipzig's midfielder, gave Jordan Pickford no chance (66th goal, 1-0).