Nations League: Timo Werner, Havertz on target as Germany share spoils with Switzerland

Nations League: Timo Werner, Havertz on target as Germany share spoils with Switzerland

Germany failed to capitalize on Spain's loss to Ukraine as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Switzerland on Tuesday night. 

Switzerland led 2-1 at the break before Kai Havertz equalized in the second half. Mario Gavranovic added his second of the evening to see the Swiss back in front, but a super backheel goal from Serge Gnabry saw the points shared. 

Switzerland had an ideal start to the game as they took the lead in the 5th minute. Shaqiri won the corner as he picked up a pass from Freuler before turning, but his shot was sent behind by Neuer at the near post. The Liverpool man then delivered the corner himself, which Germany did initially clear at the near post. However, it was sent back in by a waiting Freuler outside the area, with Gavranovic peeling away from the pack before nodding across the face of goal and into the far corner.

Twenty-one minutes later, the visitors extended their lead, with Frauler, who set up the first goal netting the second. Xhaka won the ball back for the Swiss before he moved forward. Seferovic played a fizzing pass in from the left which was collected by Freuler on the far side. Neuer was out and looked like he would make the save but for some reason, pulled back at the last minute, and Freuler chipped the ball over him. 

Two minutes later Germany pulled one back. It was some poor play from Schar as he tried to clear Neuer's goal kick. However, he could not get the ball under control and Havertz was allowed to nip in and poke the ball forward for his Chelsea team-mate, Werner.  It was then a fine solo run from the forward who strode down the left of the area before sweeping home. 

After the restart of the second half, Germany were left and it was a beauty from Chelsea man Khai Havertz. Well, that didn't last as Gavranovic put Switzerland ahead once again. 

Serge Gnabry leveled the scores for Germany minutes later. Havertz and Werner linked up again as the former fed his team-mate before Werner drove down the right flank. His cross found Gnabry nestled between the defender and the striker backheeled the ball past Sommer and into the far corner. 

In the stoppage time, the visitors were reduced to ten men. Schar had a horrendous evening and was sent off for a second booking.

The point leaves the Germans in 2nd place on the group 4 table, one point behind leaders Spain.

Match stats: Germany 3-3 Switzerland 

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