Spain maintain Germany to 1-1 draw as internationals resume

Stuttgart, September 4

Spain defender Gaya scored deep into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw towards Germany because the UEFA Nations League began with out followers ending a 10-month worldwide break.

The Valencia defender scored within the sixth minute of damage to time to cancel out Timo Werner’s opening purpose on his return to his hometown Stuttgart.

With worldwide soccer returning for the primary time for the reason that outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, all 54 video games which might be scheduled to happen throughout the continent over six days are going down with strict hygiene measures, together with the exclusion of followers.

Players needed to go necessary pregame exams for COVID-19.

Werner, who was born in Stuttgart and went on to turn out to be the membership’s youngest scorer, gave Germany the lead within the 51st minute.

He completed off a transfer began by a cross-field ball from Ilkay Gündogan, with debutant Robin Gosens offering the cross.

Barcelona winger Ansu Fati got here on for the second half to turn out to be Spain’s youngest debutant since Ángel Zubieta in 1936.

The 17-year-old had an injury-time equaliser dominated out for a foul by Sergio Ramos within the buildup.

But there was nonetheless time for Rodrigo Moreno to arrange Gaya for the equaliser, with the defender changing from shut vary.

It was Spain’s first recreation with coach Luis Enrique again in cost following the demise of his 9-year-old daughter Xana attributable to a sort of bone most cancers in August 2019. Luis Enrique had stepped down for 5 months earlier than returning in November, when he could not have foreseen such a protracted look forward to his subsequent recreation.

Germany coach Joachim Löw avoided calling up most of his Bayern Munich contingent after they performed within the Champions League last on August 23. Defender Niklas Süle was the exception as he solely not too long ago returned from damage.

Gosens began on the left to make his Germany debut after an uncommon path to the senior aspect. The 26-year-old performed within the Netherlands earlier than becoming a member of Atalanta in Italy and by no means performed for any of Germany’s youth sides.

Also in the identical League A bunch, Ukraine defeated Switzerland 2-1.

Ireland captain Shane Duffy scored in damage time for a 1-1 draw at Bulgaria, whereas Wales beat Finland 1-Zero in League B’s Group 4.

Russia defeated Serbia 3-1 and Hungary beat Turkey 1-Zero away of their group.

In League C, Moldova drew with Kosovo 1-1, and Slovenia and Greece performed out a 0-Zero draw. The Faeroe Islands earned a 3-2 win over fellow minnow Malta in League D, whereas Latvia drew 0-Zero towards Andorra. AP 

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