Fri. Jun 25th, 2021

Two signings new to the Premier League provided vital contributions as Germany and Spain played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Spain wasted a glorious opportunity to take an early lead after Leeds new boy Rodrigo failed to show a decisive edge.

The 29-year-old had an open goal at his mercy after Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp misjudged a long ball, but Rodrigo took too many touches and allowed Trapp to make a last-ditch sliding tackle.

A relatively low-key affair between the two European heavyweights flattered to deceive for large parts of the first-half, but did eventually spring into life.

As the interval approached, Chelsea hitman Timo Werner held his run expertly to spring the offside trap, before latching onto a through ball as he raced away on goal.

His resulting effort was snatched, however, and failed to trouble underfire Man Utd stopper David De Gea.

On the stroke of half-time Rodrigo left Emre Can in his wake before haring into the box, but his left-footed strike was too central as De Gea saved with his legs in trademark fashion.

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The higher tempo continued in the second half, and Werner put Chelsea fans into a frenzy after notching the game’s opening goal.

The clinical forward received the ball just inside the area after a rapid break and left two Spanish defenders trailing as neat footwork carved open a chance.

This time no mistake was made as his rifled low drive flew past the stricken De Gea to make it 1-0.

The ex-RB Leipzig man could’ve had a second and third soon after, but the offside flag along with a spectacular diving save from De Gea prevented his tally from being doubled. Moments later, his effort on the stretch following Leroy Sane’s cutback could only find the side netting.

Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara came close to levelling the scores, but his curled effort whistled narrowly past Trapp’s post.

Germany appeared set to hold on to their narrow lead, but Spain delivered a last-gasp sucker punch deep into injury time through the unlikely source of full-back Jose Gaya.

Rodrigo nodded the ball back into the danger area from a Ferran Torres cross as time wore down, and the unmarked Gaya adjusted his body well to tuck home from close range with virtually the last kick of the game.


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