Ukraine pulled off a shock 1-0 win at home to Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
The match was played at a raucous Olympic Stadium in Kyiv as fans of Ukraine savoured a first ever victory over the 2010 World Cup winners
Viktor Tsygankov scored the only goal of the game; as Ukraine defeated Spain in their Nations League match in Kyiv. Andriy Shevchenko’s side took the lead against the run of play in the 76th minute. Tsygankov took David de Gea by surprise, firing home from outside the area; after latching on to an outstanding reverse pass from Andriy Yarmolenko.
The goal was wildly celebrated by the whole Ukraine team; as well as some 21,000 fans spaced out across the stadium. The hosts took advantage of UEFA regulations allowing 30 per cent capacity at certain matches in an easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Ukraine had lost their last three outings, including a 4-0 reverse to Spain last month; as well as a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of France in a friendly last week. This was after losing six players due to COVID-19 positives.
Meanwhile, Germany twice had to come from behind to earn a rollercoaster 3-3 draw against visitors Switzerland in an exciting Nations League group game packed with incident on Tuesday.
The Swiss took an early lead through Mario Gavranovic and Remo Freuler added a second. However, Germany fought back, goals from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz levelling the scores. Gavranovic then grabbed his second only for Serge Gnabry to earn Germany a point.
The result moves Germany within a point of League A Group Four leaders Spain; who remain on seven points after losing 1-0 away to a Ukraine side now on six points; while the Swiss, still without a win, stay bottom with two points.
Germany coach Joachim Loew reverted to a four-man defence for the game in an empty stadium; after they had led in the last four games only to concede equalisers in three of them.
But it remained their weak spot on Tuesday as they struggled with quick breaks from the Swiss who found far too much space.
“It was extremely intense. We started badly but showed great attitude in coming back,” Loew said.
“That was positive. In defence we made our share of mistakes which we have to stop. But we showed that the team is ready to fight.”
Swiss had stunned Germany with Gavranovic’s fifth minute header. But they doubled the lead in the 26th when they intercepted a pass from Toni Kroos; playing in his 100th international and Freuler beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a cool chip.
Werner hit back for the hosts two minutes later, wrong-footing keeper Yann Sommer with a clever low shot; as the Germans maintained possession and kept pushing forward.
Robin Gosens’ effort was tipped over the bar by Sommer late in the first half. But the keeper was beaten when Havertz charged into the box and fired in the equaliser in the 55th.
However, Germany’s backline kept leaking goals as the Swiss went back in front in the 57th. Neuer made consecutive saves from Haris Seferovic but Gavranovic drilled in on the rebound. A sensational Gnabry back heel flick on the hour pulled the home side level once more and rescued a point for Loew’s team.