• Uefa Nations League wrap: Germany’s struggles continue, Spain thrash Ukraine

    On a historic night for Spain Ansu Fati became the country’s youngest international goalscorer in their 4-0 win over Ukraine, while Germany are still winless in the Nations League after a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.



    Spain 4-0 Ukraine

    Ansu Fati made history on his first start and Sergio Ramos scored twice as Spain coasted to a 4-0 victory over Ukraine in Sunday’s Nations League contest in Madrid.

    Barcelona star Fati, who made his senior international debut off the bench in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Germany, made it 3-0 in fine fashion prior to half-time at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano to become Spain’s youngest goalscorer at 17 years and 311 days old.

    Fati had earlier won the penalty from which Ramos opened the scoring and the Real Madrid great doubled the lead at a familiar venue, which is part of Los Blancos’ Valdebebas training complex.

    Ferran Torres got off the mark for La Roja with a well-controlled finish six minutes from time as Spain moved to four points from two matches to sit top of Group A4.

    Fati’s quick feet proved too much for Sergey Krivtsov in just the third minute, with Andriy Pyatov unable to stop Ramos’ penalty finding the bottom-left corner.

    The Barca forward placed an effort just past the right post after tormenting Oleksandr Tymchyk on the left flank and had an overhead-kick blocked by Mykola Matvyenko in a goal-mouth scramble.

    Ramos deservedly doubled the lead with a fine looping header from Dani Olmo’s cross before Fati brilliantly jinked inside Ihor Kharatin and fired into the bottom-right corner off the post.

    Olmo, also making a first international start, drew a smart stop from Pyatov just after the hour, while 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 nothing to prevent new Manchester City winger Torres placing a side-footed volley into the bottom-right corner.

    Germany 1-1 Switzerland

    Germany are still waiting for their first Nations League win after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday.

    The 2014 World Cup winners were relegated from League A in the inaugural 2018-19 Nations League but a change in format to the competition saved them from demotion.

    Die Mannschaft’s winless run was extended to five games with a draw against Spain on Thursday and they were again frustrated in Basle.

    Ilkay Gundogan gave Germany the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour but an inability to convert chances came back to hurt Joachim Low’s men as Silvan Widmer’s well-taken goal secured a share of the spoils for Switzerland.

    Germany dominated possession early on and were rewarded in the 14th minute when Gundogan rounded off a well-worked move by meeting Matthias Ginter’s pull back with a composed low finish from the edge of the area.

    Switzerland responded well to going behind and could have been level had Haris Seferovic made proper contact with Djibril Sow’s cross.

    Julian Draxler spurned a chance to double Germany’s lead when he shot straight at Yann Sommer following good work down the left from Timo Werner, who then volleyed over the bar as Switzerland continued to look vulnerable at the back.

    The hosts remained an attacking threat, however, Seferovic clipping the outside of the post before Granit Xhaka forced Arsenal teammate Bernd Leno to turn his long-range drive over the crossbar.

    Draxler saw an effort deflected wide seven minutes after the break and Germany’s failure to double their advantage was punished when Breel Embolo cut in from the left and laid off for Widmer to find the bottom-left corner with a first-time finish.

    Switzerland looked the more likely to find a decisive goal in the closing stages, with Germany’s ability to keep them at bay likely cold comfort to Low as their winless run in this competition goes on.

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