Ukraine 1-2 Germany: Joachim Low’s side FINALLY win Nations League game at seventh attempt with Matthias Ginter and Leon Goretzka on scoresheet in Kiev
- Matthias Ginter scored the opener for Germany from Antonio Rudiger’s assist
- Georgi Bushchan pulled off some great saves but second goal was a howler
- He fluffed a routine catch from a cross and it bounced off Leon Goretzka’s head
- Niklas Sule took out Roman Yaremchuk and Ruslan Malinovskyi scored spot kick
Germany scored once in either half to beat hosts Ukraine 2-1 in the Nations League on Saturday for their first win in four matches and their first ever victory in this competition on the seventh attempt.
Matthias Ginter put them ahead in the 20th minutes after good work from Antonio Ruediger.
Leon Goretzka pounced on a mistake by Ukraine keeper Georgiy Bushchan to head in their second goal four minutes after the restart.
Matthias Ginter converted Antonio Ruduiger’s ball to score the opening goal for Germany
The Germans looked in full control in the first half against a side battered by France
Georgi Bushchan made a hash of a catch for the second and Leon Goretzka headed in
Despite having the rested Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig players back in the line-up, the Germans were far from their best.
A 77th minute Ruslan Malinovskyi penalty woke up the 20,000 crowd in the Ukrainian capital’s Olympic stadium.
The Germans, who conceded equalisers in each of their last three games to settle for draws, managed to protect their lead on Saturday.
Niklas Sule allowed Ukraine a route back as he fould Roman Yaremchuck in the box
There were some despite desperate late attacks from the hosts looking to bag their first three points in the competition.
Ukraine were hammered 7-1 in a friendly by France on Thursday but were unable to get back to winning ways, although this was a far more respectable display.
On Tuesday Ukraine host Spain while the Germans, who had not won a single game in the inaugural 2018/19 competition, take on Switzerland.
Ruslan Malinovskiy beat Manuel Neuer with the penalty to give the hosts a sniff of hope