Germany Claim 1st Nations League Win

Desk Report

Published: 11 Oct 2020, 10:10 am

In a match where about 20,000 fans were allowed to attend Kyiv's Olympic Stadium, Germany claimed a first Nations League win with victory over Ukraine.

Prior to Saturday's Group A4 match, Joachim Low 's side hadn't won any of their six fixtures in the competition, reports BBC.

They took the lead when, after a mistake by goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan, Matthias Ginter stabbed in before Leon Goretzka went home.

A penalty from Ruslan Malinovskyi set up a tense final, but Germany held on.

Germany, which two years ago did not win a match in its inaugural Nations League campaign, now has five points from three matches in the 2020-21 edition of the competition.

After local health authorities allowed the 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium to be filled by up to 30 per cent, fans were let in to watch this game.

During the game, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who has not played for the Blues at all this season, was impressed and assisted the German opener after a clever run outside the defence of Ukraine.

Rudiger's club team-mates Kai Havertz and Timo Werner started on the bench, coming on towards the end of the game as Germany found themselves under pressure from Ukraine as the hosts pressed for an equaliser.

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