The DFB-Elf and Spain deliver a hard-fought game on an equal footing, eventually the team received a late shock from national coach Joachim Löw.
Bitter start for the German national team in the Nations League: In the cracker against Spain, the team of national coach Joachim Löw looked like the winner for a long time, but gave up the equalizer shortly before the end of the game and separated 1: 1 (0: 0). Timo Werner had put the DFB-Elf ahead (51st), José Gaya scored the equalizer in injury time (90th + 6th).
The draw in the tricky cold start went down in the annals for a different reason: Due to the Corona requirements, it was the first ghost match in German international competition history. Goal scorer Werner had to celebrate his twelfth international goal at the presentation of debutant Robin Gosens for empty rows in his hometown of Stuttgart. “It’s very annoying, we put a lot into the race, we ran a lot,” said Werner after the race. “After the goal we might have been pushed too far back.”
National coach Joachim Löw was impressed despite the result: “Our boys gave everything, fought to the end. It was good, I can be satisfied. We had better chances in the match than the Spaniards. A lot happened in the first match. Halfway through it was almost an exchange of blows. “
Germany without four Bayern heroes
Without Munich’s four three-time heroes around goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and goalscorer Serge Gnabry, the automatic mechanisms were still missing from the DFB squad, but Werner and co knew how to fight the Spaniards, who were previously unbeaten in eleven games. Germany’s second group match of the Nations League is scheduled for Sunday (8.45 p.m. / ZDF) in Basel against Switzerland.
The DFB would have liked to invite 500 selected people from healthcare to the first international match of the year, but UEFA declined this request, referring to a uniform solution.
From the start Löw relied on the 106th debutant of his time: high flyer Gosens from Atalanta Bergamo started at left back. Niklas Süle and Leroy Sane, who had been injured for months, celebrated their comeback, with Sane from New Munich immediately proving to be a refreshing element in the attacking game.
Trapp had to save several times
Before kick-off, Löw demanded “presence and aggressiveness” against the strong 2010 World Champion – and the players bravely got into the press at first. The reward was early chances via Thilo Kehrer (11th), Julian Draxler (14th) and Sane (18th), but the defense was not always stable. After a daring back pass from the insecure Emre Can, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who replaced the spared Neuer and the injured Marc-Andre ter Stegen, first ran past the ball to pull it away from the flak’s foot on the second attempt (14th). Rodrigo Moreno. . Shortly before half-time, the Frankfurt goalkeeper saved again against the Spain striker, who had made Can look bad in the current game.
The guests, who also experience a change of staff, were far from the familiar ball security and dominance. The DFB squad, with some players like substitute captain Toni Kroos coming straight from vacation, performed hard, but also with numerous play errors and coordination issues. This is one of the reasons why the spectacle did not take place in the Stuttgart arena.
After the break it became a bit livelier, which was also due to the quick 1-0 lead. The Spaniards, with whom 17-year-old Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona) made his debut in the second half as the youngest player since World War II, now increasingly pressed for the equalizer. This also gave the Löw team room to counteract. Werner missed an enormous opportunity to make it 2-0 in the 61st minute. Referee Daniele Orsato refused to acknowledge a Fatis header due to an error (90 + 1).