Thursday, February 10, 2011

Germany fail to break Italian curse


Germany failed to break their 15-year-old run without a win over Italy on Wednesday as striker Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench to score a late equaliser and seal Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw.

The last time Germany beat Italy was a 2-0 win in Zurich in June 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Football Federation.

With the Azzurri winning all four games between the two sides since, Italy's 24-year-old Rossi cancelled out Miroslav Klose's first-half goal for the hosts.

The Bayern Munich forward's strike was his 59th on his 106th appearance as he draws closer to Gerd Müller's all-time Germany record of 68 goals.

Germany hosted Italy at Dortmund's same Signal Iduna Park stadium where the Italians knocked the hosts out of the 2006 World Cup on their way to winning the title.

The home side have a poor record in matches between the two nations with Italy enjoying 14 wins compared to Germany's seven victories with now nine games drawn.

"It was a pity that we couldn't get another goal," said Germany's vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. "It was very difficult on the pitch, we are a team who try and dominate the game through our technical ability."

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/sport/20110210-33005.html

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