UEFA Nations League; Switzerland 3 Germany 3 – 6-goal thriller at Basel
2020-21 UEFA Nations League – Matchday 4 of 6 Report – Monday, October 13, 2020
Switzerland 3 Germany 3 – Group A4
Germany and Switzerland play out 6-goal thriller at Basel[pokareview_tablelist sort=”title” num=”1″ cat=”85″ size=”small” style=”narrow” counter=”false” score_style=”percentage”]
Germany came smartly from behind to draw level at 3-3 against Switzerland in a Group A4 Nations League encounter at St. Jakob-Park, Basel.
In an incident-packed game the Swiss went into an early lead through Mario Gavranovic who looped in a lovely header from a corner in the 5th minute.
This was after Manuel Neuer made a fine save to deny Xherdan Shaqiri a minute earlier.
The hosts doubled their advantage when Toni Kroos, playing his 100th international, gifted possession to Remo Freuler who coolly chipped the ball over Neuer to make it 2-0 in the 26th minute.
Stung by the two-goal deficit, the Germans quickly hit back through new Chelsea acquisition Timo Werner a couple of minutes later.
Werner caught the Swiss defense cold, wrong-footing their goalkeeper Yann Sommer before drilling in his shot.
The Germans kept up the pressure after the first goal with Robin Gosens coming close when his effort was tipped over the bar by Sommer late in the first half.
Werner’s Chelsea mate Kai Havertz struck the woodwork a little into the second-half but didn’t miss when he pounced on a slack pass from Swiss center-back Fabian Schar and executed a cool finish to give his side the equalizer in the 55th minute.
But parity was short-lived as Switzerland retook the lead a minutes later.
The Swiss looking for a winner now went on the offensive with Benfica striker Haris Seferovic delivering two stinging shots at Neuer.
The German keeper was able to save the first one but a rebound off the second attempt fell to Gavranovic who drilled in for his second of the night to make it 3-2 for the hosts in the 56th.
The Germans were in a “hit back” mode as Serge Gnabry’s brilliant goal from a back-heel off a Werner cut-back made it 3-3 only four minutes later.
Kroos trying to make up for his early error went close to capping his landmark with a winner but his free-kick sailed just wide, before a Julian Draxler attempt was denied by Sommer.
Switzerland were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Schar received his second booking as the curtains came down on one of the most exciting Nations Cup encounter of the season.
Die Mannschaft are presently 2nd on the Cluster A4 table with 6 points, just one behind’s Spain 7 while the Swiss, not having won a single football fixture in the current edition, remain at the bottom of the table with 2 points.
Germany starting line-up: Neuer (goal); Gosens, Rudiger, Ginter, Klostermann; Kroos, Kimmich; Goretzka; Gnabry, Havertz, Werner
Subs: Halstenberg (57m), Emre Can (77m), Draxler (77m)
Switzerland starting line-up: Sommer (goal); Widmer, Elvedi, Schar, Rodríguez; Zuber, Xhaka, Freuler , Shaqiri ; Gavranovic, Seferovic
Subs: Fernandes (66m), Benito (85m), Sow (66m), Mehmedi (75m), Itten (85m)[pokareview_tablelist sort=”title” num=”1″ cat=”85″ size=”small” style=”narrow” counter=”false” score_style=”percentage”]
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