2020-21 UEFA Nations League: Match Reports – 6 September, 2020

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2020-21 UEFA Nations League: Match Reports – 6 September, 2020

Switzerland 1, Germany 1 – St. Jakob-Park, Basel – Group A4

Germany slip to third in Group as Swiss hold them to a draw

A win still eluded Joachim Low's Germans as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland in a Group A4 encounter away at Basel.

The visitors, though were the first to open the account in the 14th minute at St.Jacob Park when Matthias Ginter laid a ball through a host of defenders to Ilkay Gundogan who rolled in a 20-yard shot between Swiss goalie Yann Sommer and his near post.

Julian Draxler and Leroy Sane could have put the visitors beyond reach but smart double-saves from Sommer redeemed the moment for the hosts.

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Apart from that, the Swiss seemed to have the better of the opportunities going ahead.  Wolfsburg forward Renato Steffen was denied by the feet of German keeper Bernd Leno before Haris Seferovic miskicked from just six metres after Djibril Sow's pass found him totally unmarked.

Breel Embolo whose midfield runs constantly troubled the Germans, was rewarded for his endeavors when he essayed a ball for Silvan Widmer to sweep home the equalizer in the 58th minute. Granit Xhaka

tested Bernd Leno with a long-range  free kick as Switzerland threatened a win.

Augsburg winger Ruben Vargas came close to a Swiss winner with a late back heel, but it time up in Basel as Germany settled for second back-to-back 1-1 draw in as many Nations League games.

Germany have played five games in this competition now and are still looking for their first win. Low's team now are positioned 3rd in the Group behind Spain and Ukraine after the Basel draw while the Swiss still languish at fourth.

Spain 4, Ukraine 0 – Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid – Group A4

Ansu Fati becomes youngest ever scorer for Spain as Le Rojas flatten Ukraine

Seventeen-year-old Barcelona forward Ansu Fati became the national team's youngest ever goalscorer as the youngster inspired Spain to a resounding 4-0 win at home over Ukraine in a UEFA Nations League Group A4 clash.

Fati immediately made his presence felt as he tormented Serhiy Kyrvstov on the left, earning a penalty that Sergio Ramos converted to give the Spaniards an early lead in the 3rd minute of play.

The veteran Real Madrid defender got the second of the evening and his third career brace when he looped a header over Andriy Pyatov with only 30 minutes of the game gone.

Fati provided the icing on the cake for his dream debut only three minutes later in the 33rd when he brilliantly jinked inside Ihor Kharatin and fired into the bottom-right corner off the post.

The Barca forward looked hungry for more as he placed an effort just past the right post after dribbling past Oleksandr Tymchyk on the left flank and had an overhead-kick blocked by Mykola Matvyenko in a goal-mouth melee.

Another Spanish debutante, RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo, had a noteworthy game, too. Apart from a cross that led to Ramos's second goal, Olmo forced a smart stop from Pyatov just after the hour.

Spain looked set for more as Gerard Moreno had the ball in the back of the net only to be flagged offside.

Pyatov again kept the scoreline down with a fine fingertip save from Oscar Rodriguez's dipping effort but could do little to prevent new Manchester City winger Ferran Torres from placing a side-footed volley into the bottom-right corner to make it 4-0 for the Spaniards with 6 minutes to go for the final whistle.

Some other results from Sunday, September 6th

B3 Serbia 0-0 Turkey

B3 Hungary 2-3 Russia

B4 Wales 1-0 Bulgaria

B4 Republic of Ireland 0-1 Finland

C3 Slovenia 1-0 Moldova

C3 Kosovo 1-2 Greece

D1 Andorra 0-1 Faroe Islands

D1 Malta 1-1 Latvia

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