A thrilling finalé is in store as these two heavyweights of international football will vie for a place in the final four tournament next year.
Spain Face-Off Against Germany in Nations League
Spain and Germany with All to Play for
With just one point separating the two countries, it a close battle to call. In the corresponding fixture last September to open the Nations League, both teams finished deadlocked at 1-1. It was an entertaining encounter with goals from Chelsea’s Timo Werner before Valencia’s Jose Gaya earned Spain a point in injury time.
Their final dance of League A Group 4 will take place at the 60,000 seater Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville. It is a venue which was built for the 1999 World Athletics Championships. It is where America’s Michael Johnson set a world record time of 43.18 for the 400m sprint. But, which of Spain and Germany will be on track come the final whistle?
Spaniards Scrap a Priceless Point
Spain gained a late point against Switzerland 1-1 last time out thanks to a fine strike by Gerard Moreno in Basel. Luis Enrique’s side dominated the match but lacked ruthlessness in front of goal. It was an eventful game for the European record appearance holder Sergio Ramos, who missed two penalties after previously going 25 successful spot-kicks converted.
Germany Power Past Ukraine
Joachim Löw’s side came from behind to eventually defeat Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine 3-1. Talismanic striker Timo Werner was at the heart of the action with two goals. The forward is in a rich vein of form at the moment with five goals in his last five games in all competition.
Spain v Germany: Who Needs What?
Germany are currently top the group with nine points from their five games. On the other hand, Spain are just a point behind with eight points in their favour. The maths are simple; a draw for the Germans would be enough to secure their berth in the final four. Meanwhile, the Spaniards know only a win could ensure their place at the finals next October.
Reaching the Nations League final four is a high priority for both nations. But only one of these titans will prevail. It is beautifully poised with the stage set for a thrilling finale. The statistics and previous meetings suggest a very hard match to call. It is all or nothing for Spain and Germany in this showdown in Seville.