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Switzerland - Germany
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That was a pretty decent game, at least in patches, and Switzerland were very positive and impressive going forward. This group is shaping up.
Full-time: Switzerland 1-1 Germany
Germany have not been at all good since the equaliser.
Draxler is booked for chucking a thigh across Akanji.
Eesh! Steffen crosses and Xhaka, stealing in around the back, stoops to head a yard or two wide. Switzerland look the likelier winners now.
There'll be three added minutes.
Akanji hits the free-kick into the wall.
Lovely feet from Vargas as he scoots along the face of the box, so Kehrer impatiently bundles him over. Free-kick Switzerland, just outside the box, left of centre, and Akanji fancies this...
This has been a very good performance from Switzerland.
Excellent ball over the top from Xhaka and out to Steffen down the right; his cross, fizzed across the face, gives Vargas only one option, and he can't find the necessary purchase on his backheel.
Switzerland win a free-kick just outside the box, and they wonder on telly if someone's having a shot like they've never seen Granit Xhaka play before. And his effort is a good one too, curled inside-out towards the near post and forcing leno to scramble around the post.
Nice from Switzerland, Elvedi finding Steffen, whose cut back across finds the centre-back in space inside the box; he drives over the bar.
Change for Germany, Can replacing Gosens. I've not a clue was to what end.
Germany are playing too slowly now, and not using the width of the pitch.
It's been a while since Germany threatened. A draw would put them two points behind Spain.
Embolo is putting weight on his foot, so shouldn't need too much time off, if any.
The ball goes out of play, so Switzerland can bring on Vargas for Embolo.
Embolo, who's had a really good night, has gone over on his ankle. That's sure to delight his mates at Gladbach, and he limps off before laying flat on his back, hands over eyes. He looks extremely irritated.
Switzerland come forward again and Steffen finds Embolo in the box, who opts to pass again - fair enough, he's done that really well tonight - when he should probably have shot, and Tah intercepts.
Just before the corner comes to nothing we see Rudiger whack Steffen in the face, just accidentally ebough.
We're back to Germany probing, Ginter slipping a ball in for Brandt, who drills a rising shot that Sommer helps over the bar.
Switzerland send on Zuber for Rodriguez.
Change for Germany, Tah replacing Sule in the middle of defence.
They've struggled this half, but Switzerland have deserved that on the balance of chances.
GOAL! Switzerland 1-1 Germany (Widmer) This is a lovely goal, Xhaka clipping a ball out to Embolo who finds another smart pass, this time square to the onrushing Widmer ... whose contrlled finish is extremely clever, clipped on the run and into the ground.
Ginter progresses down the right and Switzerland press well to force the ball all the way home, but they still can't get a proper hold of it.
Nice again from Germany, Kehrer clipping back to the onrushing Draxler, whose shot is blocked; Draxler almost conjures a route past the two defenders between him and goal, but they eventually crowd him out.
Switzerland are struggling to get out now. Germany are going to finish the game in this period if they don't find a way.
Gundogan picks out a very nice ball out to Gundogan down the left, and his punched cross is kicked away by Akanji.
Steffen fouls someone - I missed whom - and is booked. He's suspended for Switzerland's next game.
I wonder if Germany will play 3-4-3 when they have all their players available. There's a lot of space in behind them and the defenders aren't that good one on one - it doesn't seem the percentage move.
This is lovely from Germany, fizzing the ball about in midfield before Brandt arcs a gorgeous first-time pass into the path of Goosens, coming in from the left. He botches the cross, but that was very nice nevertheless.
Germany replace Sane, who's barely played in a year, with Brandt.
Off we go again.
Half-time: Switzerland 0-1 Germany
Xhaka makes space for a shot 25 yards out, and though it's down the middle, the ball wobbles a bit so Leno turns it over the bar for a corner which comes to nothing.
This Germany defence is not at al good, and Switzerland find space between centre-back and wing-back again, Widmer sliding a ball in behind for Seferovic, who swivels into a first-time shot that raps the outside of the post!
Barca appear to have found one.
Jogi Low's hair looks like it was removed from a 70s gymnast and cursorily taped to his head.
Embolo looks decent nearly every time I see him, and he races across the face of the German defence then slices a shot that flies high and wide.
Gosens clips a ball into Werner, whose control makes it sit up, and he shoots just over the bar.
Kroos and Gundogan are excellent in possession but less so out of it.
The corner comes to nothing.
Seferovic picks up possession outside the box and turns, circumnavigating Sule in the process, before whipping a curler that deflects of Ginter and behind. Excellent effort.
Spain now lead Ukraine 3-0, Ramos scoring again and Fati, who is playing very well it seems, also notching.
Goodness me! Nice sweeping move from Germany sees Werner pull left and feed a ball across, probably seeking Sane but perfect for Draxler, who drills his shot too close to Sommer before Sane does the same.
Gosh! Xhaka floats a lovely ball over the top and from centre to right, Sow volleying across only for Seferovic to misjudge his shot, squirting the ball away rather than sweeping it home. Switzerland really should be level.
Lovely from Switzerland, Sow darting a ball into Embolo, who takes a touch and slides another excellent ball for Steffen. But he aims for the smallest possible space, between keeper and near post, and Leno saves. He needed to go across him there - and it was a really good chance.
This is a decent little spell for Switzerland.
Benito looks useful, and he gets down the left to cross low, then when Sule clears and the ball comes back out to him, a further decent delivery sees Rodriguez head wide.
This game is unintense.
Seferovic holds up, then lays off to the arriving Benito, who bends a lot shot around the far post.
Switzerland are struggling to pass the ball out under pressure.
Germany win a corner down the right which Kroos swings out towards Rudiger, who thinks Sule is attacking it. But in the end he goes for it himself, late, heading past the far post.
Whatever happened to kneeling?
Switzerland will struggle to come back from that.
GOAL! Switzerland 0-1 Germany (Gundogan) Germany come down the right with Ginter, who lacks back for Gundogan, just outside the box, well right of centre ... and he caresses a first-time punch that arcs inside the near post. Beautifully taken.
Benito curves a ball into Embolo, who steps over it cleverly ... but Seferovic is on his heels, allowing Leno to come out and smother. That was nice from Switzerland.
Good possession for Germany around the edge of the Switzerland box, but Werner's hopeful flick for Gundogan is cut out.
Sergio Ramos has given Spain the lead against Ukraine, from a penalty won by Ansu Fati.
Sane attacks the box, weaving from centre to left before being allowed 69 touches to decide what to do, finally dragging a shot towards the near post that Sommer saves low down.
This has been a slow start. Leno humps a clearance into the air, Elvedi heads it away.
Granit Xhaka wearing the number 10 shirt amuses me every time I see it.
Germany have started knocking it about.
I ought to have noted, Xherdan Shaqiri is missing after getting injured in pre-season training.
Embolo stretches Germany, dashing down the inside-left channel, but Rudiger holds him up and Gosens blocks the attempted cross.
Away we go!
This is taking a while.
Here they come...
The players are tunnelled.
Julian Draxler, then. There was a time when he looked like the next big thing, but moving to PSG killed him. He needs to be somewhere he'll play every week, though at 26, he's still got a little bit of time.
I'm looking forward to seeing Timo Werner tonight. He's a real livewire, and really enjoy the way that he plays - though I wonder if he has the quality to be one of the very best, rather than one of the very good. I'm guessing Chelsea plan to use him through the middle, but it looks like he'll be off the right tonight.
What do we think of the new Germany kit? I'm undecided.
England also have the potential to do something, but it might be a tournament too soon. They have the attackers to climb into anyone, but the defence isn't solid enough to compensate for a lack of midfield control. But of they can find a player able to control tempo, things will change quickly.
In the end, the Nations League is window dressing for the Euros. Germany have a pretty good shot at winning that - they'll likely have to go through France at some point, but have the players to sort them in a one-off. I'm not sure 3-4-3 is the best formation for them, especially with two old men in the middle of midfield, but Goretzka will make a huge difference, and they also have Havertz to fit in.
I wonder where Sane will fit in at Bayern. Perhaps Kingsley Coman - also an excellent player - will leave.
This is extremely enlightening.
Elsewhere, Ireland have lost at home to Finland. The brave new world is hard to reach.
I cannot stop listening to this.
It's a funny thing, the Nations League. It's convoluted - perhaps it can only be, given how many teams there are - but it has definitely made international football more interesting.
Ukraine currently sit on top of Group 4, and only the winners progress into the semi-finals.
It should be noted that Germany are without their treble winners, all of whom are enjoying a little break. Their XI looks a little uninspiring, it must be said, but once you factor in Neuer, Kimmich, Goretzka, Muller and Gnabry, things look extremely different.
As for Germany, they drew 1-1 with Spain and make two changes too, Leno replacing Trapp in net and Ginter coming in for Can on the right of the three centre-backs
Swizerland lost 2-1 in Ukraine on Thursday night and make three changes following that disappointment: Steffen replaces Vargas on the left of the midfield four, Benito replaces Zuber on the left of the defensive five, and Widmer does likewise with Mbabu on the right.
Switzerland: Sommer, Widmer, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez, Benito, Embolo, Sow, Xhaka, Steffen, Sferovic; Subs: Omlin, Vargas, Mvogo, Omeragic, Ajeti, Zuber, Aebischer, Gavranovic, Lang, Fassnacht, Sohm.
Ok, that was harder than I expected. but here we go...
Let's have some teams...
Evening all, and welcome to Switzerland v Germany in the Nations League!