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Update Nations League: Spain concede defeat to Ukraine; Switzerland hold Germany to draw

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Spain and Germany both had setbacks in the Nations League on Tuesday, with Spain losing to Ukraine for the first time ever and Germany being held to a draw by last-place Switzerland.

Spain kept the group lead despite a 1-0 loss in Kyiv in a match attended by about 15,000 fans. Germany went two goals down in the first 30 minutes and couldn’t manage more than a 3-3 draw against the Swiss in Cologne.

Spain has seven points from four matches, one point more than Germany and Ukraine, followed by Switzerland with two points.

In the final round in November, Spain visits Switzerland and then hosts Germany. Ukraine visits Germany and Switzerland.


Germany fought back to draw with Switzerland after another error-strewn performance.

Mario Gavranovic scored twice for the visitors, who led 2-1 at halftime after capitalizing on sloppy defending and wayward passes by the hosts. The Swiss also were ahead 3-2 by the 57th minute before Serge Gnabry's equalizer sealed the scoring in the 60th.

“If you lead three times, you can win the game," Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer said. "We played a very good first half, forced German mistakes and were efficient, which we were not in recent matches. In the end, they are still Germany. Too bad the result will not help us, with Ukraine having won. We really wanted to beat Germany tonight.”

The game was played without fans due to rising coronavirus infections in the area.

Midfielder Toni Kroos made his 100th appearance with Germany.


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