03 September 2020

Jose Gaya nets late leveller to rescue draw for Spain in Germany

03 September 2020

Jose Gaya struck in the dying seconds as Spain avoided defeat in their opening Nations League fixture against Germany, leaving Stuttgart with a 1-1 draw.

New Chelsea recruit Timo Werner put Germany ahead six minutes after half-time when he thumped past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

But Gaya was able to volley into the net from close range five minutes into added-on time as the spoils were shared in both sides’ first outing in almost 10 months.

Also in Group A4, Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko scored the winner for Ukraine, who overcame Switzerland 2-1 in Lviv.

West Ham forward Andriy Yarmolenko put the hosts ahead after a quarter of an hour and although Haris Seferovic levelled four minutes before half-time, Zinchenko settled matters midway through the second half.

Wales opened their Group B4 campaign with a 1-0 win against fellow Euro 2020 qualifiers Finland in Helsinki.

Kieffer Moore struck 10 minutes from time – his third international goal in six games – as he latched on to Daniel James’ inviting cross and rewarded Wales’ superiority at the Olympic Stadium.

Captain Shane Duffy left it late to ensure Stephen Kenny’s big night did not end in defeat as the Republic of Ireland fought back to secure a 1-1 draw in Bulgaria in the same group.

Kenny’s first game in charge looked destined to end in a disappointing defeat until central defender Duffy headed home in stoppage time in Sofia to cancel out Bozhidar Kraev’s 56th-minute opener at the Vasil Levski Stadium.

Russia captain Artem Dzyuba bagged a brace to help his side to a 3-1 victory over Serbia in Group B3.

The striker opened the scoring from the spot just after half-time and while Vyacheslav Karavayev doubled Russia’s lead, Aleksandar Mitrovic pulled one back. But Dzyuba book-ended the scoring to give Russia some breathing room.

Dominik Szoboszlai scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time to lift Hungary to a 1-0 victory in Turkey.

In Group D1, Brandur Hendriksson Olsen scored in the last minute as the Faroe Islands came from 2-1 down to claim a 3-2 victory over Malta.

The Faroes went ahead through Klaemint Olsen but goals either side of the interval from Jurgen Degabriele and Andrei Agius put Malta ahead, only for Andreas Olsen and Brandur Hendriksson Olsen to turn the game on its head.

Andorra claimed a point from a goalless draw against Lavia, who finished the match with 10 men following Vladislavs Gutkovskis’ dismissal.

Ion Nicolaescu’s opener was cancelled out by Benjamin Kololli as Moldova and Kosovo drew 1-1 in Group C3, where there was a goalless draw between Slovenia and Greece.

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