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Germany held to draw as they continue winless run




Germany winless in five attempts after being held to draw in Basel

Germany continue to wait for their first Nations League win after they played out a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

The 2014 World Cup winners failed to record a win in five attempts after a draw against Spain on Thursday and they were again left frustrated at St Jakob-Park in Basel.

Ilkay Gundogan put Germany ahead inside the first quarter of an hour but failure to convert chances came back to haunt Joachim Low’s men as Silvan Widmer’s well-taken strike secured a share of the points for Switzerland.

Germany enjoyed possession early on and got the opener in the 14th minute when Gundogan rounded off a well-worked move by meeting Matthias Ginter’s pull back with a fine low effort from the edge of the area.

Switzerland had a quick response to to going behind and could have been level had Haris Seferovic made clean contact with Djibril Sow’s delivery.

Julian Draxler wasted a chance to give Germany a comfortable lead when he shot straight at Yann Sommer following fine work down the left flank from Timo Werner, who then fired a volley over the bar as Switzerland continued to look weak at the back.

The hosts continued to pose an attacking threat, however, Seferovic hitting the outside of the post before Granit Xhaka forced club team-mate Bernd Leno to tip his long-range drive over the crossbar.

Draxler saw a shot deflected wide seven minutes after half-time and Germany’s inability to double their advantage proved costly when Breel Embolo cut in from the left and set up Widmer to locate the bottom-left corner with a first-time finish.

Switzerland continued to pose a greater attacking threat as they looked to find a decisive goal in the dying stages,  with Germany’s ability to keep the scores level consolation to Low as they continue to look for their first win run in this competition.

The result means Germany are two points points behind Spain who moved to the summit of the Group A4 with a win over Ukraine.Joachim Low’s side face a difficult task as they aim to earn a spot in the Finals, while Switzerland are bottom of the group after getting their first point.

Germany will host Turkey in a friendly before they take on Ukraine in search for an elusive Nations League win.

Meanwhile Switzerland meet Spain in the Nations League following a friendly with Croatia.

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