Nations League: bitter draw against Spain

Stuttgart (dpa) – That was bitter: a goal conceded in the last second took the national team in the long, tough football classic to their first competitive victory against Spain in 32 years.

Despite the lead, the selection of national coach Joachim Löw on Thursday came to 1-1 (0-0) after a break of almost ten months in the corona ghost match of the ex-world champion. Timo Werner’s goal (51st minute) was equalized on Thursday in Stuttgart by Luis José Gayà (90th + 6th) and thus prevented Löw’s first competitive victory against Spain.

“It’s very annoying. We put a lot into it and created a lot of opportunities,” said Werner on ZDF. “I think four minutes have been announced, then you will get a goal in the sixth minute of injury time.” Debutant Robin Gosens said with a laugh: “I am really about to score that goal in the last second.”

289 days after the last international match, substitute captain Toni Kroos and the returned Leroy Sané and Niklas Süle clearly showed the lack of freshness and match training. After all, they really bit their way, especially in the second half. Low did without four three-time Munich winners around Manuel Neuer. “Of course there is no rhythm in the game,” said Sané. Just like two years ago against France, the DFB-Eleven started the second edition of the Nations League with a draw and are still waiting for a victory in the competition after seven games. The next option is on Sunday when Switzerland is the opponent in Basel.

Löw was all in black, but especially on the edge of his coaching zone with white sneakers. The empty stadium had depressed the national coach just before the game. “Not what you want as a coach or a player,” the 60-year-old said at ZDF, before his team’s full concentration was at kickoff. In an attacking formation with a three-man chain and usually two points, the DFB team tried to put pressure on the Spaniards early in their own half. Löw applauded the successful actions, but also saw backlogs, especially in the first half.

The Spaniards played with high pressure and caused errors in the coordination between defense and midfield. A weak pass back from Emre Can, which started somewhat surprisingly instead of Matthias Ginter in the central defense, led to a misunderstanding between Kevin Trapp, who ran out of goal, and Süle. He managed to drive away in the penalty area with a tackle against the fast-paced Rodrigo Trapp (14th). Shortly before half time, the goalkeeper from Frankfurt stood out against the professional from Leeds (45th).

In the offensive, the young DFB professionals showed their enormous potential in the beginning. Behind Sané, who was replaced after a good hour, and Werner from New London, Julian Draxler started as a central midfielder, somewhat surprisingly. With Süle, who played his 25th international match at the age of 25, the Spaniard Thiago (both FC Bayern) and his Parisian teammate Thilo Kehrer, he was one of the four pros who had only played in the Champions League final eleven days ago. Quarter-finalist Gosens from Atalanta Bergamo celebrated his international debut. “A very intense evening,” he said.

The advanced fullback Kehrer with a header (11th), Draxler (14th) and Sané (18th) tested the Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea early. Until Werner’s goal, after good preparatory work by Gosens, passed many minutes without significant offensive actions by the DFB team. Sané, who was not eligible to play in the premier class after his transfer to FC Bayern and therefore traveled to Stuttgart almost without match training, was initially the most striking national player. Werner became stronger in the second half, the Chelsea striker also hit the side net after preparatory work by Sané (61st). Süle failed with a header to De Gea (79th).

In the absence of the spared Munich Champions League winners Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry, who would all be in the starting eleven at the EM next year in the form of the premier league tournament in Lisbon, Löw had less than three days. to reposition his team. “In the course of the race I don’t really know what’s going to happen. Who gets tired? Who gets without strength?” Loew had said. The national coach saw a complete distance from Leverkusen-living Kai Havertz on Thursday evening, who is about to move to Chelsea.

The Spaniards, who are in great turmoil with seven newcomers to the team, turned out to be an unpleasant, but far from overwhelming opponent. After the German lead, Rodrigo (58th) had a shot just over the fence and Fabián Ruiz (64th), whose attempt parried Trapp, had good chances for the equalizer. Trapp was also there against Óscar (84th).

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