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Spain score last-gasp equalizer to draw with Germany




Germany draw 1-1 with Spain

Germany continue their winless run of five matches in the Nations League after Jose Gaya equalized for Spain deep in stoppage time at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Jose Gaya struck a 95th-minute equaliser as Spain escaped Stuttgart with a 1-1 draw against Germany, who continue to search for their first Nations League win.

Joachim Low’s side had two draws and two losses in the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2018-19 but appeared to be heading for a win after Timo Werner finished off a flowing team move in the 51st minute.

Spain were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea for keeping them in the game with a couple of fine saves and drew level deep into the dying stages.

Debutant Ferran Torres delivered a cross from the right byline and Gaya bundled home a finish from Rodrigo Moreno’s header down.

Toni Kroos’ dangerous deliveries unsettled Spain early on, with De Gea getting sharply to save a Thilo Kehrer header at his near post.The under-fire Manchester United goalkeeper made a series of impressive saves, denying Julian Draxler before diving brilliantly to his right to tip a stinging Leroy Sane strike over the bar in the 18th minute.

In between those missed chances, a defensive mix-up between Emre Can and Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp afforded Rodrigo a glorious opportunity to open the scoring, but the Leeds United‘s new signing hesitated and the goalkeeper quickly scrambled clear.

Luis Enrique’s side found themselves behind six minutes after the break. Ilkay Gundogan floated a lovely cross-field pass to debutant Robin Gosens, striding forward from left wing-back. Sane dummied the Atalanta man’s pass and Werner showed perfect composure before firing the finish past De Gea.

Sane raced clear of the Spain backline in the 60th minute but overhit his pass to Werner, who could only find the side netting.

Thiago Alcantara, doing much to ensure Spain controlled large spells of possession, thundered an effort just wide from the edge of the box with 20 minutes left before the leveller came from a more unexpected source.

Substitute Ansu Fati became the 800th player to appear for Spain and also became the youngest debutant in 84 years.

Bayern Munich stars Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry were left out of the Germany squad by Low to recuperate by after helping Bayern Munich to Champions League glory.

Leroy Sane started his first competitive match after 13 months since suffering from anterior ligament injury. The Bayern winger had a mixed game producing occasional glimpses before he was withdrawn after an injury scare.

De Gea had an impressive game making a string of excellent saves after enduring a miserable end to the 2019-20 season and this shaky form at club level can be traced back to him losing form for Spain at the 2018 World Cup. He will feel confident going into the next game after what felt like a restorative performance.

Spain will play host to Ukraine on Sunday, when Germany travel to Switzerland for their fixture.

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