Germany - Ukraine

Europe: UEFA Nations League
Germany L. Sané (23), T. Werner (33), T. Werner (64)
Red Bull Arena3-1
Ukraine R. Yaremchuk (12)
LineupReview

Hours before kickoff, Germany vs. Ukraine still uncertain

By Peter Vice

Five hours before kickoff in Leipzig, there remains no definitive word on whether or not the German national team's UEFA Nations League fixture will indeed take place. 

Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Yevhen Konoplyanka.Photo: Oleg Dubyna/Creative Commons/CC-by-SA 2.0

Ukrainian national team coach Andriy Shevchenko reported early Saturday morning that four of his players had tested positive for the novel coronavirus since arriving in the Bundesrepublik yesterday to play Joachim Löw's German Nationalmannschaft.

A Ukrainian team ravaged by the virus just last month did host Germany in an earlier UNL fixture. The timing of the tests in this instance, however, call into question whether it is safe for Shevchenko's XI to take the field in Leipzig when further COVID positive players run a greater risk of infecting their opponents. 

Both squads await word from UEFA and the Leipzig health authority about whether it the match can proceed. UEFA can postpone the match if it deems it unsafe. The local authorities are also well within their federal constitutional authority to cancel the match.

Germany
(4-3-3)
1Manuel Neuer (C)
4Matthias Ginter
15Niklas Süle
16Antonio Rüdiger
13Philipp Max
18Leon Goretzka
2Robin Koch
21İlkay Gündoğan
19Leroy Sané ↩86
20Serge Gnabry
9Timo Werner ↩76
Bench
12Bernd Leno
22Kevin Trapp
10Julian Brandt ↪76
11L. Waldschmidt ↪86
3Felix Uduokhai
5Jonathan Tah
14Benjamin Henrichs
17Niklas Stark
6Florian Neuhaus
7Nadiem Amiri
23Mahmoud Dahoud
Ukraine
(4-3-3)
12Andriy Pyatov (C)
15Yukhym Konoplia
3Illia Zabarnyi
22Mykola Matviyenko
2Eduard Sobol
8Ruslan Malinovskiy
6Taras Stepanenko ↩69
17Oleksandr Zinchenko ↩86
11Marlos Romero Bonfim
9Roman Yaremchuk ↩75
19Oleksandr Zubkov ↩74
Bench
1Yury Pankiv
23Andriy Lunin
10Júnior Moraes ↪75
4Sergiy Krivtsov
5Yevgen Cheberko
20Valerii Bondar
21Bogdan Mykhaylichenko ↪74
14Ihor Kharatin ↪86
18Evgeny Makarenko ↪69

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