Ukraine - Germany

Europe: UEFA Nations League
Ukraine R. Malinovskiy (Pen. 77)
NSK Olimpijs'kyj1-2
Germany M. Ginter (20), L. Goretzka (49)
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Matthias Ginter:
'We weren't at our best tonight'

By Rune Gjerulff

Matthias Ginter was happy with Germany's win over Ukraine, but conceded the performance left much to be desired.

Matthias Ginter (right).
Matthias Ginter (right).Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

Germany secured a much-needed win in Kiev on Saturday, beating Ukraine 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League.


Matthias Ginter, who scored the opener, was delighted with the three points, but admitted that Germany were far from at their best.

"We're happy to have got the win - that's very important. We know that we weren't at our best tonight though; we gave the ball away too easily, particularly in the first half," the centre-back said after the final whistle.

Germany coach Joachim Löw rued missed chances and felt his team should have killed the game off before Ukraine pulled one back from the penalty spot.

"I'm obviously happy that we got the win. We could have made it 3-0 or 4-0 before Ukraine's goal. The penalty was avoidable," said the Germany coach.

In their next game, 'Die Mannschaft' lock horns with Switzerland on Tuesday.


Ukraine
(4-1-4-1)
1Georgiy Bushchan
21Oleksandr Karavaev
4Illia Zabarnyi
16Vitalii Mykolenko
2Eduard Sobol
5Sergiy Sydorchuk ↩84
7Andriy Yarmolenko (C) ↩69
8Ruslan Malinovskiy
20Viktor Kovalenko ↩76
15Viktor Tsygankov ↩69
9Roman Yaremchuk
Bench
12Mykyta Shevchenko
23Dmytro Riznyk
3Igor Plastun
6Yevgen Cheberko
13Yukhym Konoplia
18Bogdan Mykhaylichenko
10Mykola Shaparenko ↪76
11Marlos Romero Bonfim ↪69
14Ihor Kharatin
17Volodymyr Shepelev
19Evgeny Makarenko ↪84
22Oleksandr Zubkov ↪69
Germany
(3-4-2-1)
1Manuel Neuer (C)
4Matthias Ginter
15Niklas Süle
16Antonio Rüdiger
13Lukas Klostermann ↩90
6Joshua Kimmich
8Toni Kroos
3Marcel Halstenberg
18Leon Goretzka
7Julian Draxler ↩80
20Serge Gnabry ↩90
Bench
12Bernd Leno
22Kevin Trapp
9Timo Werner ↪80
10Julian Brandt
11L. Waldschmidt
17Jonas Hofmann
2Robin Koch
5Jonathan Tah
19Robin Gosens
14Florian Neuhaus
21Kai Havertz ↪90
23Emre Can ↪90

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