Werner scores 2, Germany beat Ukraine 3-1 in Nations League

Werner scores 2, Germany beat Ukraine 3-1 in Nations League

Leipzig (Germany): Timo Werner scored twice to help Germany beat a Coronavirus-weakened Ukraine 3-1 in the Nations League.

Leon Goretzka set up Leroy San , and then Werner for Germany's second goal after Roman Yaremchuk gave the visitors a shock lead.

Werner sealed the result with his second goal in the 64th minute.

There were doubts about whether the game could go ahead at all after four Ukraine players Andrii Yarmolenko, Serhii Sydorchuk, Viktor Kovalenko and Viktor Tsyhankov and staff member Vadym Komardin tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

But another round of tests for the rest of the squad on Saturday returned negative results and Leipzig health authorities said the game could proceed.

Germany coach Joachim L w restored Bayern Munich players Goretzka, San , Niklas S le, Serge Gnabry and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to his starting lineup.

He also kept faith in PSV Eindhoven defender Philipp Max, who made his debut in a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday. The Bayern players were given the night off for the friendly.

The home side started promisingly but Yaremchuk fired inside the right post for Ukraine in the 11th minute, after Olexandr Zubkov's persistence saw him past Max and Robin Koch.

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