Timo Werner overcame a first-half stifling by Sergio Ramos to score a brilliant


Fresh from a debut strike for Chelsea at the weekend, Timo Werner faced an all-together different proposition on Thursday night in a blockbuster UEFA Nations League tussle. 

Germany vs Spain. Werner vs Sergio Ramos. And to begin, the Spanish and their skipper were dominant. But give Chelsea’s £53m man an opening, a sniff, and he’ll punish you.  

That’s what happened here in the 51st minute, as after a first-half of frustration and near-anonymity, Werner converted when it mattered. Composure and class personified, he shimmied Ramos and his defensive partner Pau Torres in the box before stroking the ball home beyond David de Gea. 

Timo Werner scored for his country on Thursday night, as Germany drew to Spain in Stuttgart

Timo Werner scored for his country on Thursday night, as Germany drew to Spain in Stuttgart

The Chelsea striker found it tough in the first-half, but it was a different story in the second-half

The Chelsea striker found it tough in the first-half, but it was a different story in the second-half

Werner showed composure, up against Ramos, to score what looked to be the match-winner

Werner showed composure, up against Ramos, to score what looked to be the match-winner

GERMANY 1-1 SPAIN – PREMIER LEAGUE STARTERS  

Antonio Rudiger (Germany, Chelsea) 

Ilkay Gundogan (Germany, Manchester City)  

Timo Werner (Germany, Chelsea)

David De Gea (Spain, Manchester United) 

Ferran Torres (Spain, Manchester City)

Rodrigo (Spain, Leeds United)  

And until the fifth-minute of added-time, that looked to be the match-winner. But a scrappy Spanish leveller, courtesy of left back Jose Luis Gaya from close-range, meant a point apiece in this opening League A, Group 4 clash. 

On a night where major international football returned for the first time since November, this was a clash of the European titans in an empty Deutsche Bank Park. And neither Joachim Low nor Luis Enrique held back in their team-selections.  

Out of the 22 players starting the match, six are now plying their trade in the Premier League. That could soon turn to seven, should the constantly impressive Thiago Alcantara move to Premier League champions Liverpool in the coming weeks.  

The Bayern Munich midfielder was heavily involved from the off here, and was warned twice for an early splurge of combative fouls. Clearly no problems with the 29-year-old physically, competing just 11 days after the Champions League final. 

Meanwhile Kai Havertz, on the verge of a mega £90m move to Chelsea, started on the substitutes bench. Frustratingly, he was not to feature. 

Yet Werner, fresh from a goal in his first outing in a Chelsea shirt, started up top for the hosts. 

Though he scored after four minutes in that pre-season friendly. his opponents on Thursday night were fiercely more obstructive. Ramos, arguably the world’s best defender, and rising star Torres of Villarreal, started at the back for the Spanish. 

And throughout the course of the first-half, Chelsea’s forward acquisition barely had an opportunity to speak of. In fact, his sole opening just after half-an-hour was typically well marshalled by Ramos. 

With space to run into, bearing down on the penalty area, the Real Madrid veteran shepherded Werner out wide and the Germany…



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