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Brehme salvages precious point against Italy

Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.47CET
West Germany 1-1 Italy
Roberto Mancini put Italy in front shortly after half-time but Andreas Brehme delivered a swift riposte to ensure the spoils were shared in the 1988 opener.
Brehme salvages precious point against Italy
Andreas Brehme scored West Germany's equaliser against Italy ©Getty Images

Match statistics

West GermanyItaly

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:08 CET

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Published: Sunday 5 October 2003, 14.47CET

Brehme salvages precious point against Italy

West Germany 1-1 Italy
Roberto Mancini put Italy in front shortly after half-time but Andreas Brehme delivered a swift riposte to ensure the spoils were shared in the 1988 opener.

Home advantage may have given West Germany the edge, but Italy were as competitive an outfit as ever and were good value for a 1-1 draw in the 1988 curtain-raiser.

Franz Beckenbauer's team were still in the process of adding flair to a side which had reached the FIFA World Cup final two years earlier. The Italians, rebuilding after losing their grip on the global prize in Mexico, were in much the same boat. Here in Dusseldorf, their youthful lineup had much the better of an entertaining match, their new pressing tactics harrying the hosts into defensive errors. One such slip allowed Roberto Mancini to put Italy in front, but Germany were level – through Andreas Brehme – just three minutes later.

Sweeper Mathias Herget, struggling to fill Beckenbauer's shoes, struggled more than most at the back, though it was a more widespread defensive mix-up which led to Mancini's opener seven minutes after half-time. Roberto Donadoni, splendid with the ball at his feet, stole in and set Mancini free on the right, with the young striker finishing right-footed to record his first international goal at the 14th attempt.

The visitors may have built on that effort had they maintained their lead for any notable period. Instead, they surrendered their advantage in no time at all, Perrie Littbarski touching an indirect free-kick into the path of Brehme, whose deflected shot beat Walter Zenga to ensure the spoils were shared.

Last updated: 19/12/11 13.25CET

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Lineups

West Germany

West Germany

Italy

Italy

1
ImmelEike Immel
1
ZengaWalter Zenga
2
BuchwaldGuido Buchwald
2
BaresiFranco Baresi
3
BrehmeAndreas Brehme
Goal55
Substitution76
3
BergomiGiuseppe Bergomi (C)
4
KohlerJürgen Kohler
6
FerriRiccardo Ferri
5
HergetMathias Herget
8
MaldiniPaolo Maldini
Yellow Card6
7
LittbarskiPierre Littbarski
9
AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti
Yellow Card57
8
MatthäusLothar Matthäus (C)
11
De NapoliFernando De Napoli
Substitution86
9
VöllerRudi Völler
Substitution81
14
GianniniGiuseppe Giannini
10
ThonOlaf Thon
17
DonadoniRoberto Donadoni
17
BertholdThomas Berthold
18
ManciniRoberto Mancini
Goal52
18
KlinsmannJürgen Klinsmann
20
VialliGianluca Vialli
Substitution89

Substitutes

6
BorowkaUlrich Borowka
Substitution76
5
FerraraCiro Ferrara
12
IllgnerBodo Illgner
7
FranciniGiovanni Francini
13
WuttkeWolfram Wuttke
10
De AgostiniLuigi De Agostini
Substitution86
16
EcksteinDieter Eckstein
Substitution81
16
AltobelliAlessandro Altobelli
Substitution89
20
RolffWolfgang Rolff
12
TacconiStefano Tacconi

Coach

Franz Beckenbauer (GER) Azeglio Vicini (ITA)

Referee

Keith Hackett (ENG)

Assistant referees

Neil Midgley (ENG), Brian Hill (ENG)

Fourth official

Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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