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Late drama between Germany and Spain produces a thrilling encounter

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International Football finally returned after an interval of almost 10 months due to the Covid-19 and it saw European Giants Germany and Spain lock horns in the Matchday 1 of the ongoing UEFA Nations League and a closed door affair witnessed a game that settled on level terms between both the nation’s.

Germany and Spain

The face-off between the Germans and the Spainiards promised to be an absolute cracker but the tie couldn’t make it up to the expectations and finished on level terms 1-1.

The first 45 minutes saw Luis Enrique’s Men missing ‘the chance’ of the first half when Kevin Trapp made a mistake and Rodrigo couldn’t make anything out of it.

Timo Werner after scoring versus Spain

And to begin with the 2nd half the Spanish and their skipper looked dominant at first. But gave Chelsea’s £53m man an opening, a sniff, and he’ll punish you. That is what exactly happened in the 51st minute when Werner converted when it mattered the most. Composure and class personified, he shimmied Ramos and his defensive partner Pau Torres in the box before stroking the ball home beyond Spain’s no. 1 David de Gea.

The engrossing Group A encounter had a thrilling conclusion, with Manchester City’s latest recruit Ferran Torres crossing for Rodrigo to tee up Gaya after the four minutes of added time had elapsed and Jose Gaya levelled at the death at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as Spain escaped Stuttgart with a 1-1 draw against the Germans and denied them their first ever Nations League victory.

The Silver lining for Spain was the debut of Barcelona’s Prodigy Ansu Fati who came the youngest player to don the colours of the Spanish National Team since 1936 and the young lad did put in a hard shift when he head past Trapp in the dying minutes of the regulation time but the goal was ruled out for a foul by Spanish skipper Sergio Ramos.

The Germans next travel to Switzerland on Sunday, while Spain host Ukraine, as the International Football makes a comeback with Germany and Spain locking horns against each.