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Nations League: Werner scores for Germany, but Spain snatch late draw

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A roundup of results from the first day of 2020-21 UEFA Nations League action, including a dramatic result in Germany – Spain and a surprise leader atop the group featuring two global powerhouses…

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Germany 1-1 Spain

Timo Werner took his tally of international goals to a cool dozen, but Germany couldn’t hold on for the game’s final few seconds and were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with Spain to begin League A, Group 4 play.

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan started the sequence with an aggressive diagonal ball to the left wing, where Robin Gosens brought it down and cut it back to Werner atop the penalty area. Chelsea’s new, star no. 9 took a couple touches to work his way through traffic and create space for a shot. Once he found his crease, Werner fired low and hard to David de Gea’s right-hand post. No chance for Manchester United’s no. 1.

Werner’s 51st-minute strike looked like the sure winner as the clock ticked past 94:00 and the minimum of four minutes of stoppage time, but there was to be one more minute and one more strike. Jose Gaya’s first international goal was as opportunistic it was late.

Up next, Spain will host Ukraine and Germany will visit Switzerland on Sunday.

Ukraine 2-1 Switzerland

The day’s other game from League A, Group 4 had Premier League fingerprints all over it as well.

Ukraine got goals from West Ham United winger Andriy Yarmolenko and Man City left back/winger Oleksandr Zinchenko either side of Haris Seferovic’s goal, which was assisted by Arsenal midfielder and new Swiss captain Granit Xhaka.

Thursday’s results see Ukraine go top of the group after the first round of games.

Other Nations League results

League B, Group 3

Russia 2-1 Serbia
Turkey 0-1 Hungary

League B, Group 4

Bulgaria 1-1 Ireland
Finland 0-1 Wales

Friday’s Nations League schedule

League A, Group 1

Italy v Bosnia & Herzegovina
Netherlands v Poland

League B, Group 1

Norway v Austria
Romania v Northern Ireland

League B, Group 2

Scotland v Israel
Slovakia v Czech Republic

League C, Group 4

Lithuania v Kazakhstan
Belarus v Albania

La Liga: Granada stings Getafe, late thrills in Valencia-Levante

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La Liga followed up its Thursday return with two more matches Friday, and one lived up to the wait.

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Granada produced a thrilling comeback in the front of a Spanish doubleheader, though the follow-up from Valencia and Levante wasn’t much for the eyes until very late

Valencia 1-1 Levante

It was even stevens for this one, though the last quarter-hour gave the hosts hope thanks to a second yellow card shown to Levante forward Roger Marti in the 74th minute.

The hosts took an 89th minute lead through a Jose Gaya pass to Spanish national teamer Rodrigo, but 10-man Levante found an equalizer deep in stoppage time through a VAR-awarded penalty converted by Gonzalo Melero.

The draw keeps Valencia seventh, two points ahead of Granada and three points back of the top four. Levante’s European hopes are cooked, as the visitors’ 33 points is nine points off seventh.

Granada 2-1 Getafe

Granada improved its hopes of European football by coming back to beat fifth-place Getafe on Friday.

A 70th-minute own goal was joined by Carlos Fernandez’s 79th-minute winner to send Granada eighth on 41 points. Granada is four points back of sixth-place Atletico Madrid.

Getafe’s top four hopes take a major hit, though its goal from David Timor was a pretty bit of consolation.

Still to come this weekend

Saturday
Espanyol v. Alaves
Celta Vigo v. Villarreal
Leganes v. Valladolid
Mallorca v. Barcelona

Sunday
Athletic Bilbao v. Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid v. Eibar
Real Sociedad v. Osasuna