Germany beat Ukraine 2-1 for first dominate in four matches. Germany scored once in either half to beat hosts Ukraine 2-1 in the Nations League on Saturday for their first success in four matches and their first-since forever victory in this competition.
Matthias Ginter put them ahead in the 20th minutes after good work from Antonio Rudiger, and Leon Goretzka pounced on a mistake by Ukraine keeper Georgiy Bushchan to head in their second goal four minutes after the restart.
Despite having the rested Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig players back in the lineup, the Germans were far from their best and a 77th minute Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty woke up the 20,000 large crowd in the Ukrainian capital’s Olympic stadium.
The Germans, who conceded equalizers in each of their last three games to settle for draws, managed to protect their lead on Saturday despite desperate late attacks from the hosts to bag their first three points in the competition.
In a sloppy first half they repeatedly lost possession, allowing Ukraine to quickly counter attack before Ginter’s goal settled their nerves.
But Bushchan had a good day making a string of recoveries before he let the ball sneak out of his hands, allowing Goretzka to score in the 49th.
He then again was on hand to stop them scoring, superbly palming a Serge Gnabry shot wide. “Obviously I am happy we won but we could have been leading 3-0 or 4-0,” Germany coach Joachim Low said.
“In some cases we surrendered the ball too without any problem. At the point when we were 2-0 up they were tired and we ought to have played more counter attacks maybe. But overall we were solid and didn’t allow them too many possibilities.”
On Tuesday Ukraine host Spain while the Germans, who had not won a single game in the debut 2018-19 competition, take on Switzerland.
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