Germany 1-1 Spain: Agony for hosts as Jose Gaya equalises for Spain with the final kick of their Nations League clash after Chelsea striker Timo Werner had broken the deadlock with a fabulous finish early in the second half
Spain scored a stoppage-time equaliser through Jose Luis Gaya to draw 1-1 away to Germany on Thursday in their Nations League opener and first international in almost 10 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local-born Timo Werner struck six minutes after halftime, threading a low shot between two defenders to beat keeper David De Gea in an empty Stuttgart arena.
Spain had looked set to fail to score for the first time after 40 consecutive games before Gaya sneaked in to score with the last kick of the game.
Spain rescued a point against Germany thanks to a late injury time strike from Jose Luis Gaya
Timo Werner opened the scoring for Germany with a cool strike early in the second half
It was a frustrating end to the night for Joachim Low, who thought he had done enough to win
New-look Germany, missing all but two Bayern Munich players and all RB Leipzig’s internationals after the Champions League tournament, peppered the game with defensive errors that gave Spain their only two chances in the first half through Rodrigo.
The new Leeds United striker couldn’t get his shot away with goalkeeper Kevin Trapp well off his line, and the shot stopper was able to get back to make the challenge at the last moment.
Trapp then pulled off a number of other saves, but it was David De Gea who had the most impressive game, stopping several crucial shots throughout the night to keep his side in it.
Chelsea’s new arrival Werner looked impressive as ever, giving a boost to Blues fans
Spain had a golden chance early, but Rogrigo couldn’t get his shot away on an open net
Leroy Sane was lively down the right, but eventually had to go off with a minor injury
De Gea is under pressure from Dean Henderson at Manchester United for his job, but put in a statement performance against Germany.
The visitors, playing in coach Luis Enrique’s first game in charge since he returned to the role last November, also fielded a much-changed team and the pace dropped off after the break.
They continued pushing for an equaliser, and thought they had one through Ansu Fati late on, only for the referee to disallow the goal due to a foul from Sergio Ramos.
However a few minutes later, Gaya was able to score from close range to get his team the draw.
Chelsea fans didn’t get to see their other likely new arrival Kai Havertz in action, as he stayed on the bench for the entire match.
Germany striker Werner strikes with his right foot from inside the box to give his team the lead
David De Gea put in an excellent performance, making many saves to keep his side in it
Ansu Fati thought he had an equaliser late, but the referee called for a foul from Sergio Ramos
Meanwhile, Leroy Sane had to limp off after having a lively game, but it only seemed to be a minor injury.
Ukraine lead League A Group 4 with three points following a 2-1 win over Switzerland with Germany and Spain on one point.
Wales were able to get a 1-0 win over Finland, while Republic of Ireland also recovered late to earn a draw against Bulgaria.
The Spain players celebrate deep into injury time after Gaya’s goal saved the game for them
Recap all the action as it happened below, where you will find the live commentary from Sportsmail‘s MATT PORTER.