Germany 3 Ukraine 1 – Timo Werner’s double-strike takes Germany to the top of table

Timo Werner Germany 3 Ukraine 1

UEFA Nations League Group A4 report – Germany vs. Ukraine – Saturday, 14 November 2020 – Matchday 5 of 6 report

Germany 3 Ukraine 1 – Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

Germany came back from an early Roman Yaremchuk goal to win 3-1 at the Red Bull Arena, Leipzig and go to the top of the Group A4 cluster on Saturday night. But it were the visitors who, with 4 players including West Ham striker Andriy Yarmolenko ruled out after testing positive, started brightly and went into the lead in the 12th minute when Yaremchuk rammed in to score the opener following some good work by midfielder Oleksandr Zubkov.

The German lost little time in responding as Leon Goretzka’s pass found Leroy Sane, who cut inside to fire in from the edge of the penalty area and lashed in to make it 1-1 in the 23rd minute. Goretzka had a hand in the Germany’s second goal, too. The Bayern Munich midfielder collecting Robin Koch’s pass picked out Timo Werner who headed in from a couple of meters away to make it 2-1 in the 33rd minute.

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Germany, with the full Bayern Munich contingent back in the squad after being rested in Wednesday’s friendly with the Czech Republic, still showed gaps in defense that the visitors tried to exploit in the second-half.

In fact, Ukraine almost equalized in the 53rd minute when Oleksandr Zinchenko’s deflected shot beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer only for it to bounce off the post. Marlos and Junior Moraes also saw their attempts go off the post a little later but it were the hosts who had the last laugh.

The tide reversed midway through the second-half as the Germans chose to press and their efforts were rewarded when Werner found his second of the night and his team’s third in the 64th minute.

Germany now need just a draw to qualify for the semi-finals next October when they visit Spain on Tuesday for their final fixture of the Group stage. Ukraine who are on 6 points in the third place and 2 points behind second-placed Spain could still be relegated if they lose on their trip to Switzerland next week.

Germany line-up:

Neuer (goal); Rüdiger, Süle, Koch; Ginter, Goretzka, Gündoğan, Max; Sané (Waldschmidt 86), Werner (Brandt 76), Gnabry

Ukraine line-up:

Pyatov (goal); Konoplia, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Sobol; Malinovskyi, Stepanenko (Makarenko 69), Zinchenko (Kharatin 86); Marlos, Yaremchuk (Júnior Moraes 75), Zubkov (Mykhaylichenko 75)

Results of UEFA Nations League MATCHDAY 5

Saturday 14 November

A3 Portugal 0-1 France
A3 Sweden 2-1 Croatia
A4 Germany 3-1 Ukraine
A4 Switzerland 1-1 Spain
C1 Azerbaijan 0-0 Montenegro
C1 Cyprus 2-1 Luxembourg
D1 Malta 3-1 Andorra
D1 Latvia 1-1 Faroe Islands
D2 San Marino 0-0 Gibraltar

Sunday 15 November

A1 Netherlands 3-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
A1 Italy 2-0 Poland
A2 Belgium 2-0 England
A2 Denmark 2-1 Iceland
B1 Austria 2-1 Northern Ireland
B1 Romania vs Norway – match called off
B2 Czech Republic 1-0 Israel
B2 Slovakia 1-0 Scotland
B3 Turkey 3-2 Russia
B3 Hungary 1-1 Serbia
B4 Bulgaria 1-2 Finland
B4 Wales 1-0 Republic of Ireland
C2 North Macedonia 2-1 Estonia
C2 Georgia 1-2 Armenia
C3 Moldova 0-2 Greece
C3 Slovenia 2-1 Kosovo
C4 Albania 3-1 Kazakhstan
C4 Belarus 2-0 Lithuania

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