The Reggae Boys played in Saudi Arabia. The hosts in Riyadh gave nothing away and were 2-0 up after 45 minutes with goals from Salem Al Dawsari (10’) and Saleh Al Shehri (44’). Leon Bailey was brought on for the second half but that did not change the course of the game. The Saudis dominated the proceedings and Firas Albirakan rounded off the scoring at 3-0 on 77 minutes.
Germany were able to secure a victory. They beat Ukraine 3-1 in Leipzig. The hosts failed to make a good start in Leipzig. Roman Yaremchuk exploited a counter-attack from the visitors and fired the ball into the roof of the net from eleven yards out to make it 1-0 (11’). The Germany team under Joachim Löw needed time to find gaps in the compact Ukraine defence. That changed on 23 minutes: Leon Goretzka won the ball in his own half and put Leroy Sané through and he beat an opponent and then netted the leveller from 15 yards out. Goretzka was the provider again ten minutes later with a whipped-in cross setting up Timo Werner to score from close range with a header to put Germany 2-1 up (33’).
Germany sat back slightly in the second half and let Ukraine have the ball. However, there was no real threat to captain Manuel Neuer’s goal. Instead, it was 3-1 on 64 minutes. Ginter broke through down the right and his cross was converted by Werner – the second goal for the former Leipzig player. The fact the game ended with a 3-1 win for Germany was also due to the woodwork. Zinchenko (52’), Marlos (75’) and Junior Moraes (82’) all hit the post.
The Leverkusen players Jonathan Tah and Nadiem Amiri stayed on the bench. The win against Ukraine put Germany top of Group 4. If the Löw team avoid defeat against Spain in Seville on Tuesday 17 they will finish top of the group.
Jonathan Tah and Nadiem Amiri (both Germany):
Tuesday, 17 November (20.45 CET/live on ARD): Spain v Germany (UEFA Nations League)
Lennart Grill and Florian Wirtz (both Germany U21):
Tuesday, 17 November (18.15 CET): Germany U21 v Wales U21 (U21 Euro qualifier)
Aleksandar Dragovic and Julian Baumgartlinger (both Austria):
Sunday, 15 November (20.45 CET/live on DAZN): Austria v Northern Ireland (UEFA Nations League)
Wednesday, 18 November (20.45 CET/live on DAZN): Austria v Norway (UEFA Nations League)
Lukas Hradecky (Finland):
Sunday, 15 November (18 CET/live on DAZN): Bulgaria v Finland (UEFA Nations League)
Wednesday, 18 November (20.45 CET/live on DAZN): Wales v Finland (UEFA Nations League)
Moussa Diaby (France U21):
Monday, 16 November (21.00 CET): France U21 v Switzerland U21 (U21 Euro qualifier)
Lucas Alario (Argentina):
Wednesday, 18 November (01.30 CET): Peru v Argentina (World Cup qualifier)
Leon Bailey (Jamaica):
Tuesday, 17 November (18.00 CET): Saudi Arabia v Jamaica (Friendly)
Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso):
Monday, 16 November (15.00 CET): Malawi v Burkina Faso (Africa Cup qualifiers)
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