Germany striker Timo Werner scored in every half to assist steer his facet from behind to a 3-1 dwelling win over Ukraine within the Nations League on Saturday as they topped the group with one spherical of video games left to play.
Werner scored twice after Leroy Sane had cancelled out a shock twelfth minute lead for the guests, who had 4 gamers, together with top striker Andriy Yarmolenko, dominated out after testing constructive for COVID-19 on the eve of the sport.
The Germans, within the midst of an overhaul following their 2018 World Cup first spherical exit, at the moment are top of Group A4 on 9 factors, one forward of Spain who they go to on Tuesday. The top workforce qualify for the ultimate 4 stage of the competitors. Ukraine, who hit the woodwork 3 times, are third on six factors, with Switzerland backside on three after a 1-1 draw with guests Spain.
“We won a match against a good Ukrainian team and overall we can be satisfied,” coach Joachim Loew stated. “We wanted also to warm up as a team (ahead of next year’s European Championship) and I think we did that to a certain extent. We had the game under control in the first half and we had a lot of pace. In the second half we were maybe not as focused.”
After getting the all-clear from Leipzig’s well being authorities for the sport to proceed, the Germans bought off to a robust begin however had to come from behind after Roman Yaremchuk scored in opposition to the run of play.
Leon Goretzka arrange the following two targets, first launching a fast break and sending Sane by way of for the equaliser within the twenty third minute after which controlling a Robin Koch cross and lofting the ball for Werner to head the hosts in entrance 10 minutes later.
Germany, with their Bayern Munich contingent again within the squad after being rested in Wednesday 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in a pleasant, nonetheless confirmed gaps in defence, having now managed only one clear sheet of their final seven matches.
They didn’t concede equalisers as in three of their earlier 5 matches however have been nonetheless fortunate when Ukraine hit the publish within the 53rd with Oleksandr Zinchenko’s deflected shot. Werner fired dwelling his second within the sixty fourth earlier than Ukraine hit the woodwork twice extra by way of Marlos and substitute Junior Moraes in a robust end.