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Werner Scores 2, Germany Beats Ukraine 3-1 In Nations League

Werner Scores 2, Germany Beats Ukraine 3-1 In Nations League

Timo Werner scored twice to help Germany beat a coronavirusweakened Ukraine 31 in the Nations League on Saturday.

LEIPZIG, Germany: Timo Werner scored twice to help Germany beat a coronavirus-weakened Ukraine 3-1 in the Nations League on Saturday.

Leon Goretzka set up Leroy San, and then Werner for Germanys second goal after Roman Yaremchuk gave the visitors a shock lead. Werner sealed the result with his second goal in the 64th minute.

There were doubts about whether the game could go ahead at all after four Ukraine players Andrii Yarmolenko, Serhii Sydorchuk, Viktor Kovalenko and Viktor Tsyhankov and staff member Vadym Komardin tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. But another round of tests for the rest of the squad on Saturday returned negative results and Leipzig health authorities said the game could proceed.

Germany coach Joachim Lw restored Bayern Munich players Goretzka, San, Niklas Sle, Serge Gnabry and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to his starting lineup. He also kept faith in PSV Eindhoven defender Philipp Max, who made his debut in a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The Bayern players were given the night off for the friendly.

The home side started promisingly but Yaremchuk fired inside the right post for Ukraine in the 11th minute, after Olexandr Zubkovs persistence saw him past Max and Robin Koch.

Goretzka set San free on the right and the winger cut inside between two defenders before unleashing his shot inside the far post in the 23rd.

Ten minutes later, Goretzka brilliantly controlled Kochs cross with his right boot before crossing for Werner to score.

Oleksandr Zinchenko had an effort deflected onto the post by Sle early in the second half, before Werners deflected effort in capped a successful return for the former Leipzig forward. Werner joined Chelsea in the offseason after four seasons at Leipzig.

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