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Sport MATCHDAY: Germany, Spain seek Nations League improvement

02:45  13 october  2020
02:45  13 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

Germany fights back to draw 3-3 with Switzerland in Cologne

  Germany fights back to draw 3-3 with Switzerland in Cologne COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Germany fought back to draw 3-3 with Switzerland in another error-strewn performance in the Nations League on Tuesday. Mario Gavranovic scored twice for the visitors, who led 2-1 at halftime after capitalizing on sloppy defending and wayward passes from the Germans. The mistakes will do little to quell criticism from former Germany players including Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lothar Matthäus, who had been calling coach Joachim Löw’s tactics into question after a 2-1 win over Ukraine on Saturday and 3-3 draw with Turkey in a friendly the previous Wednesday.

Spain and Germany both recorded narrow wins in their Nations League A Group 4 matches on Saturday. Mikel Oyarzabal celebrates the only goal of the game as Spain beat Switzerland 1-0 in Madrid. Photograph: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images.

Spain and Germany both picked up wins against Switzerland and Ukraine respectively, as they continue their UEFA Nations League campaigns. Spain and Germany both picked up three points in Saturday evening's UEFA Nations League action, with the two giants dispatching of Switzerland

A look at what’s happening in the Nations League on Tuesday:

Germany's Toni Kroos exercise during a training session of the German national soccer team prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and Switzerland in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Kroos can get his 100th cap against Switzerland. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press Germany's Toni Kroos exercise during a training session of the German national soccer team prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and Switzerland in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Kroos can get his 100th cap against Switzerland. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

GERMANY vs. SWITZERLAND

After finally winning a Nations League game at the seventh attempt on Saturday, Germany bids to follow up with another victory on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Group 4 leader Spain. Joachim Löw’s team hosts Switzerland – bottom of the group with one point from three games – in Cologne, where no fans will be allowed due to rising coronavirus cases in the city. Despite beating Ukraine 2-1 in Kyiv to end a run of three games without a win, Germany remained prone to mistakes and far off its best, and Löw said he would keep faith in the same players if he could to give them more playing time together. But there are doubts over the fitness of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler and Leipzig pair Marcel Halstenberg and Lukas Klostermann. Löw will once again be able to build the side around the experienced Bayern Munich “block” of Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry, with Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos partnering Kimmich in midfield. Kroos is in line to make his 100th appearance for Germany, while Kimmich is set for his 50th. “The two of them formed a very good understanding from the start,” Löw said.

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Germany are preparing for their third game in seven days and their second Nations League fixture in four days as they welcome Switzerland to Cologne. The two sides drew 1-1 in Basel last month in the second of what would turn out to be three consecutive draws for Joachim Löw's team, who had to wait

Diese Seite enthält den Gesamtspielplan des Wettbewerbs UEFA Nations League A der Saison 18/19. Es werden alle Ergebnisse der Gruppenphase und der KO-Runden aufgelistet. Type of cup: National Team.

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri wears a face mask prior a training session of the Swiss national soccer team prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and Switzerland in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) © Provided by Associated Press Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri wears a face mask prior a training session of the Swiss national soccer team prior the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and Switzerland in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

UKRAINE vs. SPAIN


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Spain will try to strengthen its hold on first place in Group 4 when it visits Ukraine, a team it beat 4-0 in Madrid in September. Spain has a two-point lead over Germany after three matches. The Spaniards will be looking to win their third straight game in the competition after triumphs over the Ukrainians and Switzerland. It opened with a draw against Germany. About 15,000 fans are expected for the match in Kyiv. Ukraine's squad remains depleted because of COVID-19 cases among some of its players. Ukraine is four points behind Spain.

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Diese Seite enthält den Gesamtspielplan des Wettbewerbs UEFA Nations League A der Saison 18/19. Es werden alle Ergebnisse der Gruppenphase und der KO-Runden aufgelistet. Type of cup: National Team.

Group. Match info. Germany -Switzerland | Germany vs Switzerland Nations League preview: where to watch, team news. Joachim Löw's side drew their first two games 1-1, surrendering leads at home against Spain and away against Switzerland, and had to withstand another comeback in Ukraine on

Spain's Sergio Busquets attends a press conference at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Ukraine will play a UEFA Nations League soccer match against Spain on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) © Provided by Associated Press Spain's Sergio Busquets attends a press conference at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Ukraine will play a UEFA Nations League soccer match against Spain on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, and Jesus Navas warm up during a training session at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Ukraine will play a UEFA Nations League soccer match against Spain on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) © Provided by Associated Press Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, and Jesus Navas warm up during a training session at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Ukraine will play a UEFA Nations League soccer match against Spain on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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