Scoring in the final minutes is considered typically German, due to the large number of late goals from Die Mannschaft and German club teams. Against Spain, Germany got a taste of its own medicine, with a countergoal in the sixth minute of injury time: 1-1.
José Gaya, left back by trade, worked up close inside after a header by Rodrigo Moreno. Gaya seemed to be offside, but Robin Gosens raised it, although the German debutant was behind the back line.
Germany had, after a tame first half without too many highlights, gained a lead shortly after halftime thanks to Werner’s good work. The striker received the ball from Gosens – son of a Dutch father – and played himself free, only to hit the ball in the opposite direction (1-0).
Spain was more attacking after the opening goal, partly thanks to the positive contribution of substitute Ansu Fati. The 17-year-old striker from Barcelona made his first minutes in front of Spain, making him the third youngest debutant in Spanish history. And the youngest in over 84 years.
Fati even found the net two more times, but both times his hit was rejected. First because of offside by Dani Carvajal, then because of a foul by Sergio Ramos.
Goals that actually appeared on the match sheet therefore did not fall for a long time, until Gaya struck at the last minute.
Germany and Spain had to endure a draw between them and Ukraine in group 4 of Division A. The Ukrainians won 2-1 from Switzerland, thanks to nice hits by Andrej Jarmolenko (with the heel) and Oleksandr Zintsjenko.
Haris Seferovic did something in between on behalf of the Swiss, with PSV-player Yvon Mvogo sitting on the bench the whole game.