Milan full-back Ignazio Abate ruined the party as he equalised for Italy after Germany took an early lead through Mats Hummels.
Joachim Low was celebrating his 100th game in charge of Germany, in which time he has become widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world, and is expected to go far with the new generation of German talents that have left the world in awe.
The party got off to a great start as centre-back Mats Hummels saw his header evade Buffon and bounce in off the post. Bayern Munich midfield man Toni Kroos swung in a trademark ‘perfect’ cross that the Dortmund man was able to attack, the header did enough to evade keeper Buffon and bounced in off the post.
The lead lasted all of 20 minutes, when Abate scored his debut goal for Italy. Emphatic wing play by Andrea Pirlo saw Germany only doing enough to scramble the ball to Abate, who played a one-two with Bonucci before slamming the ball hard into the bottom left corner.
After the game the Italian admitted he was surprised to score, and dedicated it to his family:
‘’It was at San Siro and my birthday a couple of days ago, so I’m glad it also coincided with a good result.
‘’It was a bit weird being up there, but Leonardo did well to give back the pass into space. I think it must be my first goal with the left foot.
‘’ I certainly want to dedicate this goal to my family, teammates and also Adriano Galliani’’
Milan have reportedly started looking for replacements for Abate as he looks all but certain to join the North London side over the next transfer window as they look to strengthen their grip on the top spot.
The Italian has been widely considered as one of the best full-backs in the world, and it’s glad to see him get some sort of reward for that, after finally netting his first international goal.
See the goal below:
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