Kiev (AP) – There are no new corona infections in the Ukrainian national football team shortly before the Nations League game against Germany on Saturday.

“It is good to know that none of the players have been eliminated,” said team principal Andrei Shevchenko in Kiev. While he can plan the lineup, he doesn’t have a core team available. For Wednesday’s friendly against France, more than a dozen players were canceled due to coronavirus infections or injuries. Ukraine suffered the biggest defeat in their football history with a 7-1-1 defeat in Paris.

The team expects a tough game against the DFB-Elf. “The German team is a machine. It is a high level team that is very strong physically,” said Shevchenko. The Germans do not shy away from duels and love fast football.

The kick-off in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev is Saturday at 9.45 p.m. local time (8.45 p.m. / ARD). Under strict safety rules, approximately 20,000 spectators are required to enter the arena. Shevchenko stressed that this was an important support for his team. “We really missed the people because we play for them.”

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