Low-elf on course thanks to werner: victory against ukraine

low-elf on course thanks to werner: victory against ukraine

Timo werner’s return to leipzig saw the fubball national team shoot towards group victory in the nations league after a tough test of patience at corona.

After hours of waiting for permission to play from the health authorities, national coach joachim low’s team came out on top in goalkeeper manuel neuer’s record-breaking game thanks to werner’s 33rd goal of the season./64. Minute) against ukraine with 3:1 (2:1) by.

"We won the game against a good ukrainian team and can be satisfied overall. We wanted to get into the swing of things a bit, and we did a pretty good job of that," low said on ZDF. In their first joint appearance in the starting eleven in two years, the young turbo striker impressively proved his scoring ability.

In front of werners gates leroy sane (23. Minute) scored the equalizer in the ghost game in the red bull arena. Only serge gnabry of the trio failed to score this time around. The guests, who were weakened after the confusion about four positive coronatests, were able to score through roman jaremtschuk (12.) took the lead. The DFB team was lucky to score three goals against the post in the second half (52 minutes)./75./81.).

At the end of the difficult corona year, the DFB selection now holds all the trumps against spain in the showdown in seville on tuesday. The 1:1 of the spanish (8 points) in switzerland took the DFB-elf (9) first place. After the relegation disaster of 2018, a draw will be enough for the german team to retain first place and book a place in the final four in october 2021.

This was after much public criticism also give the thrust hoped for by low towards the european championship in the summer. "It was a very difficult game. In the current situation, only one thing helps: wins, and that’s what we did today," said leon goretzka. Defender antonio rudiger suspended in spain after second yellow card.

"Yesterday there was already a bit of uncertainty, but thank god it turned out that the game can take place," low, who followed the game in black gloves and white sneakers, had said shortly before kickoff. DFB director oliver bierhoff said he was "naturally happy that we can play".

The DFB team also demonstrated its enthusiasm for the game – but was surprised by the early counter-goal. Robin koch and philipp max love uberrumpeln, against the shot of jaremtschuk was bayern-keeper neuer in his 95. Country game without a chance. Neuer thus caught up with sepp maier, now 76 years old, as the german record goalkeeper.

The internationally inexperienced koch and max were allowed to start from the beginning. Koch from freiburg surprised low with a tactical trick and deployed the 24-year-old, who had impressed him in the 1-0 win over the czech republic, as a six in front of the four-man defensive chain. Max was involved in the first two dangerous actions. A template of the professional from PSV eindhoven shot goretzka druber (3.), an entry cleared eduard sobol for a corner (6.).

Low had changed the starting eleven in seven positions compared to the czech republic match, which also took place in leipzig. But against the deep standing ukrainians the german team had difficulties in the build-up play and in bringing speed into their offensive actions.

The guests played after their 1:0 lead surprisingly self-confident, the equalizer by sane fell at this point surprisingly. Goretzka won the ball from alexander sintschenko and passed to his munich teammate sane, who scored with his first successful action to make it 1:1. For the 24-year-old it was the first goal in the DFB jersey since june 2019 and the first after his cruciate ligament rupture.

In the case of goretzka, the ball seemed to have been the blockadeless one. The 25-year-old was now the linchpin of the german game at the ten position and involved in almost all dangerous situations. In an artistic move with his leg outstretched, he took a cross from koch and served werner, who headed in from close range. After the slight initial difficulties, the DFB-elf now controlled the game – only the yellow card for rudiger dampened the mood a bit. The FC chelsea defender committed a tactical foul against yaremchuk (29.).

After the change it was again the ukrainians who set the first accent – but this time without consequences. A shot by sinchenko was misplaced by niklas sule, for the probably beaten neuer saved the post (52).). And again the low-team showed a reaction.

Sane was forced off (57.), when werner’s shot was blocked, the hosts demanded in vain a handball penalty (58.). Gnabry had two unlucky finishes (60)./61.) before werner scored after fine work by gundogan and matthias ginter to make it 3:1. Lucky were newer& co., that marlos (75.) and junior moraes (82.) only hit the post.

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