Nations League: Germany conceded a historic defeat against Spain

On the last day of the match, the Germans lost 6-0 and missed the entry into the final tournament. Croatia just averted relegation.

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Long faces at Leon Goretzka (left) and Niklas Süle: The German national team is going under in Spain.

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A special evening was overshadowed for Manuel Neuer.  His 96th international match means a record for a German goalie.

A special evening was overshadowed for Manuel Neuer. His 96th international match means a record for a German goalie.

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Goalscorers among themselves: Ferran Torres (right) was the man of the game with three goals.  Alvaro Morata was also on the scorer list.

Goalscorers among themselves: Ferran Torres (right) was the man of the game with three goals. Alvaro Morata was also on the scorer list.

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Nobody expected a tennis result at the end. Spain defeated Germany 6-0 on the last day of the Nations League and qualified for the final tournament at the opponent’s expense. Striker Ferran Torres, who scored a hat trick (30th minute / 55th / 71st minute), was outstanding. The 20-year-old is considered a great talent and moved from Valencia to Manchester City in the summer. Alvaro Morata (17th), Rodri (38th) and Mikel Oyarzabal (89th) scored the other goals for the liberated Spaniards.

The emotions among the Germans are completely different: It is the biggest defeat of their national team in 89 years. The last time there was a defeat by six goals was the 0: 6 against Austria on May 24, 1931. For Captain Manuel Neuer, his 96th international match, with which he rose to the sole German record goalkeeper, was a very bitter evening.

Sweden descends

Despite a defeat against Portugal, vice world champions Croatia were able to avert relegation from league A. On a dramatic final matchday in Group 3, the Croatians lost 3-2 to runners-up after a goal by Ruben Dias in injury time. However, because Sweden, who were tied on points with Croatia before the match day, lost 4-2 to France, it was just enough for Croatia to stay in the top division due to the better goal difference. In their place, Sweden is now relegated to the second highest division.

Sweden quickly took the lead at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis thanks to Viktor Claesson (4th). France turned the game around in the first half with goals from Olivier Giroud (16th) and Benjamin Pavard (36th). Giroud (59th) and Kingsley Coman (90th + 4) made the win perfect, in between Robin Quaison (88th) scored for the Swedes.

In groups A1 and A2, the participants for the final tournament on Wednesday will be played. Italy wins in Group A1 against the already relegated Bosnians. But Poland and the Netherlands could still qualify. In group A2, Belgium and Denmark play the finals among themselves. A draw is enough for the Belgians. In addition, England, which has been confirmed as third, will play against the already relegated Icelanders.

League A. Group 3: Croatia 2-3 Portugal. France – Sweden 4-2. – Ranking list (all 6 games): 1st France 16th 2nd Portugal 13th 3rd Croatia 3rd 4th Sweden 3rd

Croatia 2-3 Portugal (1:0)
Split. – SR Oliver (ENG). – Tore: 29. Kovacic 1-0. 52. Slides 1: 1. 60. João Felix 1: 2. 65. Kovacic 2-2. 91. Slides 2: 3. – Remarks: 51. Yellow-red card against Rog (Croatia / foul).

France – Sweden 4-2 (2:1)
Saint-Denis/Paris. – SR Kulbakow (BLR).- Tore: 4. Claesson 0: 1. 16. Giroud 1: 1. 36. Pavard 2: 1. 59. Giroud 3: 1. 88. Quaison 3: 2. 95. Coman 4: 2.

Group 4: Spain – Germany 6-0 (3-0). Switzerland – Ukraine canceled. – Ranking list: 1. Spain 6/11. 2. Germany 6/9. 3. Ukraine 5/6. 4. Switzerland 5/3.

Spain 6-0 Germany (3:0)
Seville. – SR Ekberg (SWE). – Tore: 17. Morata 1: 0. 33. Ferran Torres 2: 0. 38. Rodri 3: 0. 55. Ferran Torres 4: 0. 71. Ferran Torres 5: 0.Spain: Simon; Sergi Roberto, Ramos (43. Garcia), Pau Torres, Gaya; Rodri, Canales (12. Fabian Ruiz); Olmo (73. Moreno), Koke, Ferran Torres (73. Asensio); Morata (73. Oyarzabal).Germany: New; Ginter, Süle (46th Tah), Koch, Max; Goretzka (61st Neuhaus), Gündogan, Kroos; Sané (61st Waldschmidt), Gnabry, Werner (76th Henrichs).Remarks: Spain without Thiago Alcantara, Busquets, Carvajal, Fati and Navas (all injured), Germany without Rüdiger (suspended), Gosens, Halstenberg and Kimmich (all injured) and Havertz (coronavirus). 77th picket shot from Gnabry. Warnings: 37th Koch (foul), 67th Tah (foul).

League C. Group 1: Luxembourg 0-0 Azerbaijan. Montenegro – Cyprus 4-0 (3-0). – Ranking list (all 6 games): 1st Montenegro 13th 2nd Luxembourg 10th 3rd Azerbaijan 6th 4th Cyprus 4th

League D. Group 1: Malta 1-1 Faroe Islands. Andorra 0-5 Latvia. – Ranking list (all 6 games): 1st Faroe Islands 12th 2nd Malta 9th 3rd Latvia 7th 4th Andorra 2nd

Group 2: Gibraltar – Liechtenstein 1: 1. – Ranking list (all 4 games): 1. Gibraltar 8. 2. Liechtenstein 5. 3. San Marino 2.

Gibraltar – Liechtenstein 1: 1 (1:1)
Gibraltar. – SR Farrugia Cann (MLT). – Tore: 17. Frommelt (own goal) 1-0. 44. Noah Frick 1: 1. – Comments: Liechtenstein without Salanovic (injured), Kaufmann (sick), Marcel Büchel and Benjamin Büchel (both quarantine).

(dpa)

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