Germany - Ukraine

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

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.

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