Football: Italy, Germany play out 0-0 draw, Buffon equals European record

Italy's Andrea Belotti in action against Germany's Julian Weigl during their international friendly match at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy on Nov 15, 2016.
Italy's Andrea Belotti in action against Germany's Julian Weigl during their international friendly match at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy on Nov 15, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

MILAN, Italy (REUTERS) - World champions Germany and Italy played out an entertaining goalless draw in their friendly international on Tuesday (Nov 15) with both sides missing a string of chances in their final match of the year.

The Germans, who beat Italy twice this year including in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals following a penalty shootout, were without half a dozen key players - with Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Jerome Boateng all missing.

In a game which marked Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon earning his 167th cap - equalling the European record - the hosts dominated the encounter but Germany also had their share of chances.

Italy's biggest chance came eight minutes from the end with Andrea Belotti hitting the post with a low shot.