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Spain sneak in late equalizer to salvage draw against Germany in Nations League

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Jose Gaya scored the equalising goal with the last kick of the game to register a valuable point against Joachim Low’s Germany.  

Spain and Germany, who had a relatively quiet outing during the first edition of the Nations League contested in the first fixture of their group. Germany finished bottom of their table while Spain missed out on a semi-final berth last time around.

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Luis Enrique named a relatively young side with Rodrigo leading the line in the absence of Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata. On the flanks, Manchester City’s recent acquisition Ferran Torres was handed his debut.

Germany, on the other side, included right-back Robin Gosens in the line-up for his first International fixture. Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry were absent from the squad altogether while Chelsea signing Kai Havertz was named on the bench.

In the first half, David de Gea was brought into action multiple times after the attack of Leroy Sane, Timo Werner proving too hot to handle for the Spanish defence.

Spain’s Rodrigo was handed the chance of the half as he latched on to Emre Can’s error, only to slot his effort wide off an empty net.

Spain and Germany traded blows in an entertaining second half

17-year-old Ansu Fati came off the bench at the start of the second half to make his debut. The striker replaced 34-year-old Jesus Navas on the pitch.

Germany took the lead six minutes into the second half after a ball from the right-flank by Gosens found Werner, who skipped past the defence to slot a shot against a hapless De Gea.

Spain probed the opposition in search of an equaliser. The visitors at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Stuttgart looked to break down Germany while the latter relying entirely on counter-attack towards the end.

Drama ensued in the final moments of the game as Ansu Fati’s piercing header resulting in a goal was ruled out after Sergio Ramos pushed Ginter in a bid to win the header.

However, Spain finally got their equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Ferran Torres’ floating ball into the area was met with Rodrigo, who placed it for Jose Gaya. The left-back tucked his effort from two yards while the German players appealed for an offside.

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