Germany’s Timo Werner Shows Class against Spain

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Jose Gaya

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

New Chelsea signing Werner showed why the Blues have invested £54m in his services when he drilled past Spain’s David de Gea inside the penalty area to put Germany ahead during their UEFA Nations League last night.

But Jose Gaya scored a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser with almost the last kick of the game to earn Spain a 1-1 draw against Germany in the Nations League.

Gaya netted from close range to cancel out Timo Werner’s goal for the hosts.

Leeds United’s club record £26m signing Rodrigo missed two fine chances for Spain before going close with another effort.

Spain keeper De Gea produced a flying save to deny Leroy Sane.

Elsewhere last night, Wales made a winning 1-0 start to their Nations League campaign as Kieffer Moore struck a late goal to secure victory in Finland.

Fielding a young and inexperienced team in the absence of several first-team players, Wales had an early goal disallowed as Moore pushed a Finnish defender before heading in.

Finland missed a glorious chance to take a second-half lead when Leo Vaisanen somehow volleyed against the post from a yard out.

Then with 10 minutes left, Daniel James – Wales’ most potent attacking weapon in Helsinki – sped down the left wing and played a perfect low cross for Moore to convert from close range.

That well-worked goal was a rare moment of quality in a second half that had threatened to fizzle out into something of a non-event for Ryan Giggs’ side.

But the Wales manager could reflect with some satisfaction on a promising evening which saw the emergence of further fledgling talents, including debuts for Manchester United midfielder Dylan Levitt and Liverpool full-back Neco Williams.

Although Nations League matches are competitive and carry the potential reward of play-offs for major tournaments, Giggs has always maintained he would use them as opportunities to develop younger players and this was another such example.

In Thursday’s other Group B4 fixture, the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 in Bulgaria.

On Sunday, Wales host Bulgaria at Cardiff City Stadium, while the Republic of Ireland are at home to Finland.

RESULTS

Germany 1-1 Spain

Ukraine 2-1 Switzerland

Russia 3-1 Serbia

Turkey 0-1 Hungary

Bulgaria 1-1 Ireland

Finland 0-1 Wales

Moldova 1-1 Kosovo

Slovenia 0-0 Greece

Latvia 0-0 Andorra

Faroe 3-2 Malta