14 October 2020 02:32
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 before goals from Timo Werner and Kai Havertz levelled the scores. Gavranovic then grabbed his second only for Serge Gnabry to earn Germany a point. - Watch UEFA Nations League on ESPN, ESPN+ (U.S. only) 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." Germany needed to come back in order to secure a 3-3 draw with Switzerland. Getty The Swiss had stunned Germany with Gavranovic's fifth minute header and 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, wrongfooting 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. But 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. "We have to defend better, defend more intelligently and smarter," Havertz said. "But we kept coming back, we showed a strong mentality. We need more patience but today there were lots of good signs. We will keep working at it." The Swiss finished with 10 men following the stoppage-time dismissal of defender Fabian Schaer for a second booking. SWITZERLAND put in a terrific performance to deny Germany three Nations League points in Cologne. Final score: Germany 3-3 Switzerland Follow ALL the latest updates from Nations League clash below... Germany vs Switzerland Betting Tips: latest odds, team news, preview and predictions Having struggled for clean sheets in recent fixtures, Al Hain-Cole expects Die Mannschaft to be joined on the scoresheet by Petkovic's team will be looking to build on victory over when they welcome to the RheinEnergieStadion for Tuesday's Nations League clash. Joachim Low's men picked up their first ever victory in this competition in Kiev on Saturday, having drawn four and lost two of the previous six. Germany vs Switzerland latest odds Despite that uninspiring record, they are clear 2/5 (1.40) favourites with bet365 to follow that result up by coming out on top in Cologne. The Nati have picked up just one point from their three opening group games and are 6/1 (7.00) outsiders to pull off a shock win here. That point did come in a 1-1 draw against this opposition in the reverse encounter, and you can get odds of 15/4 (4.75) on them earning another stalemate in this one. Germany vs Switzerland Germany vs Switzerland team news Timo Werner and Kai Havertz will be hoping for a place in the starting XI after starting on the bench in the win over Ukraine. Manuel Akanji is unavailable after testing positive for COVID-19, although Xherdan Shaqiri could return to the starting line-up after his original positive diagnosis was subsequently overruled. Germany vs Switzerland preview Although they did finally get the long-awaited Nations League win, Germany were denied the clean sheet that has evaded them in the competition since their first ever match against - conceding in all six since. Having gone five matches without a clean sheet in all competitions coming into this one and conceding three in their last fixture on home turf versus, it is hard to back them holding strong on Tuesday. Indeed, Vladimir Petkovic's team has only failed to score against Spain in their last seven matches, hitting the net in 12 out of 15 matches in all competitions. Germany vs Switzerland predictions All in all, odds of 4/5 (1.80) are well worth backing on both teams getting on target for the fourth meeting in five between Germany and Switzerland. Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.