Germany have largely flattered to deceive this Nations League after beginning their 2022/23 campaign with three successive 1-1 draws, and it’s been a similar story for Italy, who have been involved in two stalemates and just about edged Hungary 2-1 to give the European champions an early lead in the Group A3 table.
Hansi Flick’s men started out with a 1-1 draw against Italy, coming from behind through Joshua Kimmich at Bologna ‘s Renato Dall’Ara, before squandering a lead against England as Harry Kane netted from the spot in the final few minutes. Most recently, Hungary claimed a point to leave Die Mannschaft third in the table.
As for Roberto Mancini’s Euro 2020 winners, they are currently leading the way after that aforementioned 1-1 with Germany and a recent goalless stalemate against the Three Lions. Their only triumph came in a 2-1 win over Hungary, in which Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini nabbed the winning goals.
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Germany vs Italy match stats
This could be a potentially fiery display depending on who lines up for both nations. Real Madrid’s new centre-back Antonio Rudiger is an aggressively-adroit defender who combines a rough edge with the tackling precision of Swiss watch, culminating in the German collecting more yellow cards than any other Chelsea player in the Premier League last season (nine) — he was also the fourth-most yellow carded centre-back across 2021/22 in the entire division. Italy, likewise, have the most-booked player in Serie A in 2021/22 currently in their squad in Roma vice-captain Gianluca Mancini (14), who also picked up a red card last season. This could be an electric showcase.
15 Nov 2016 – Italy 0-0 Germany – International Friendly
02 Jul 2016 – Germany 1-1 (7-6 on penalties) Italy – Euro 2016
29 Mar 2016 – Germany 4-1 Italy – International Friendly
15 Nov 2013 – Italy 1-1 Germany – International Friendly
Prior to their meeting in the Nations League earlier this month, the last time these nations met in a competitive game came in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. Joachim Low’s side managed a 1-1 against Antonio Conte’s men before the tie went to a penalty shootout, in which Simone Zaza infamously blazed over the bar with that iconically-comical run up, leading to a 7-6 Germany win.
Where are Germany and Italy tipped to finish in Group A3?