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Kane penalty secures draw in Germany

Harry Kane has converted a late penalty to rescue a 1-1 Nations League draw for England in Germany and leave home coach Hansi Flick unbeaten but still without a significant win in his reign.

Jonas Hofmann struck the opening goal of the game early in the second half but Kane levelled from the spot after Nico Schlotterbeck was deemed to have fouled him after a video review.

England’s return to the city of their famous 5-1 thrashing of Germany in 2001 was low-key at the end of a long season, but Gareth Southgate’s side at least have a first point in Group A3 having lost 1-0 to Hungary in their opening game.

Germany have two points having started with a draw against Italy, who beat Hungary 2-1 earlier on Tuesday.

Germany next travel to Hungary on Saturday, when England welcome Italy in a rematch of the Euro 2020 final lost on penalties last year.

En route to that final England disposed of Germany in the last 16 to end the long reign of World Cup winning boss Joachim Low on the German bench but successor Flick is making steady – though unspectacular – progress

He is unbeaten in 11 games but remains without a significant scalp, after previously drawing away to the Netherlands and Italy, as the World Cup in Qatar looms in November.

Both teams made a raft of changes from their opening matches, with Germany including 19-year-old Jamal Musiala, who played for England at youth level before switching allegiance.

After a goalless first half Hofmann scored when he took a fine pass from Joshua Kimmich inside the box and smashed home with the possible aid of a slight deflection.

Kane blazed over in the first half and he was magnificently denied by Manuel Neuer when his late back-post effort was saved.

However, his 50th England goal came after Kimmich deflected a Jack Grealish pass into his path only for Scholotterbeck to inadvertently trip him.

Before the match eight fans were arrested, three for making Nazi salutes, one for causing an estimated 2,000 euro damage after he let off a flare inside his hotel room, and four for incidents including insulting police officers and urinating in the street.

In Cesena first-half goals from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini earned Italy their win over Hungary whose reply was an own goal from Gianluca Mancini.

“We played well, especially in the first half,” said coach Roberto Mancini. “It should have been a more comfortable victory.”

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