With elimination at stake, the Spain vs Germany clash on Tuesday will technically be a knockout match as the European giants vie for the one available slot from League A Group 4 in the UEFA Nations League Finals.
Germany, who lead the group with nine points from their five group matches, will travel to the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville to face Spain, who trail by a point in the second position. With third-placed Ukraine sitting three points behind the table-toppers alongside an inferior goal difference, the final spot is solely for Germany or Spain’s to take.
Though the encounter between Spain and Germany last month in Stuttgart ended in a 1-1 draw, Germany have enjoyed a lead over Spain in head-to-heads. In the 24 times they have faced each other, Germany have won nine times and lost seven times.
Spain come to the crunch clash at the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Basel where skipper Sergio Ramos missed two penalties on the night he became Europe’s most capped male European footballer. Already having to deal with his defensive general’s under-confidence, Spain manager Luiz Enrique could also miss out on full-back Jose Gaya – who suffered a head injury during la Roja’s international friendly with the Netherlands. Apart from him, long-term absentees Thiago Alcantara, Ansu Fati and Rodrigo Moreno will also be unavailable for the do-or-die Spain vs Germany match.
Germany arrived into their last group stage match at the back of a comprehensive 3-1 win over Ukraine in Leipzig. After Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane helped equalize for Germany in the 23rd minute, a prolific Timo Werner scored on either half of the match to help his country go top of the table. However, manager Joachim Low will have concerns with his bench depth as Joshua Kimmich, Nico Schulz and Jonas Hoffman – all remain injured for the fixture. Robin Gosens remains doubtful for the clash as well.
Spain (4-3-3): David de Gea (GK); Jesus Navas, Sergio Ramos (C), Pau Torres, Sergio Reguilón; Rodri, Sergio Busquets, Sergio Canales; Adama Traore, Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata
Germany (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer (GK)(C); Matthias Ginter, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schulz; Toni Kroos, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt; Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner
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