Ukraine Pull Off Shock Upset Of Spain In Kiev — UEFA Nations League

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Gavranovic's second - a thumping strike from close range - restored Switzerland's lead, though Gnabry's wonderful flick on the hour ultimately claimed a share of the spoils in Cologne, where Fabian Schar was sent off late on.

The game marked midfielder Toni Kroos' 100th worldwide for Germany. What is clear is that Germany must improve if they are to reach the next stage of the competition.

The draw with the Swiss will only enhance the domestic criticism of Loew from key names within German football such as Lothar Matthaeus and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Germany fought back behind closed doors with goals by Timo Werner, his Chelsea team-mate Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry. "However, we showed great morale by bouncing back twice", Germany head coach Joachim Low said. "That was positive", Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

The German defence was caught napping with just five minutes gone.

The Swiss grabbed their second however when Toni Kroos, making his 100th appearance for Germany, surrendered possession.

Germany succumbed again in the 26th minute.

Momentum swung between the sides in a frantic encounter at RheinEnergieSTADION on Wednesday, with Germany coming back from a two-goal deficit. Also in Group 4, Ukraine stunned Spain with a 1-0 win in Kyiv, leaving the Spanish on seven points after four games, one ahead of Germany and Ukraine, with Switzerland bottom of the group after two draws.

The substitute took David de Gea by surprise when he fired a shot from outside the area into the net to complete a counter attack in the 76th minute.

The goal came against the run of play with Spain applying most of the pressure at the Olympic Stadium, where coronavirus restrictions were eased enough to allow a limited number of fans to attend.

Germany will next take on Ukraine in the Nations League on November 14.

Both teams had plenty of goals in the match, but Manuel Neuer in particular in Germany had to save several top spots.

Ukraine had lost their last three outings, including a 4-0 reverse to Spain last month and a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of France in a friendly last week, after losing six players due to COVID-19 positives.

Yet the visitors were soon undone down the other end by some lax goalkeeping from De Gea and were left to dwell on a shock defeat in the stadium where they had beaten Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final.

Stephen Pisani's free-kick represented the last chance for a result and Borg managed to nod it home for a long-awaited success, Malta's first in the Nations League.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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