Timo Werner scored the opening goal in Stuttgart in the 51st minute. The attacker did so at the request of Robin Gosens, who made his debut with Germany. Gosens, who plays at Atalanta Bergamo, has a Dutch passport in addition to the German. The left midfielder cum defender previously played for Heracles Almelo.
Due to the corona virus only recently ended last season, players were missing from both countries. Kevin Trapp of Eintracht Frankfurt defended the goal in Germany. Manuel Neuer got a break and Marc-André ter Stegen is injured. Gosens could immediately participate in the entire competition.
Substitute Ansu Fati thought he would bring Spain alongside with his head in the injury time of the second half, but that goal was rejected because a violation preceded it. In the fifth minute of extra time, the 1-1 still fell. José Luis Gayá worked the ball into goal.
In the other match in group 4 of division A, Ukraine was too strong for Switzerland in Lviv: 2-1. Andri Jarmolenko opened the score after fifteen minutes of play. Haris Seferovic equalized shortly before half time. The winning goal was credited to former PSV player Oleksandr Zintsjenko halfway through the second half.
John van ‘t Schip
National coach John van ‘t Schip played a draw with Greece. The away game against Slovenia ended without goals.
It was the first time in a long time that Greece came back into action. Van ‘t Schip failed to qualify with the country for the European championship, which was postponed by a year due to the corona virus.
Greece is in group 3 of division C of the Nations League, the third tier. Moldova and Kosovo are also in that group. Those two countries also played a draw on Thursday: 1-1.