FC Bayern Munich: Leon Goretzka scores as Germany defeat Ukraine

FC Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka celebrating for Germany. (Photo by Stanislav Vedmid/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
FC Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka celebrating for Germany. (Photo by Stanislav Vedmid/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

FC Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka was on the scoresheet as Germany defeated Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League.

Germany recorded their first victory in the 2020/21 edition of the UEFA Nations League. They defeated Ukraine 2-1 on Saturday night in Kyiv, Ukraine. After failing to record a victory in their opening two fixtures of the group stage the three points were a welcome result as they look to top the group. FC Bayern Munich had many players representing Germany in this game.

One of the goal scorers during the match was Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka. The midfielder scored Germany’s second goal as the Ukrainian goalkeeper misplayed a cross which led to a simple finish for Goretzka. His goal would prove to be the match-winner as Niklas Süle conceded a penalty kick which brought Ukraine back within one late in the match.

Goretzka and Süle were not the only Bayern players involved in the match. Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich, and Manuel Neuer were among the starting XI manager Joachim Löw selected. Kimmich and Gnabry came close to scoring themselves but were unable to find the back of the net despite combining for five of Germany’s 17 shots.

Neuer had little to do during the match as Ukraine managed just three shots on target. For Süle, his foul that led to the successful penalty kick conversion put a damper on an otherwise strong performance defensively. The center back finished with four interceptions and one clearance.

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Goretzka keeps scoring

It’s been a great run of form for Goretzka in his last four appearances for Germany as the 25-year-old has scored five goals. His match-winner against Ukraine was just the latest in his recent impactful performances for his home country. Since joining the senior national team, Goretzka has amassed 12 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions.

Goretzka is proving to be an integral part of Germany’s squad as they prepare for the Euro 2021 tournament next summer. The Bayern player is performing at a high level for both club and country. He continues to progress into becoming one of the best midfielders in world football.

Up next for Germany

The UEFA Nations League continues on Tuesday for Germany as they play host to Switzerland. FC Köln’s home venue the RheinEnergieStadion will be the site of the fixture. These two countries tied 1-1 in their previous meeting in September.

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A victory can keep Germany’s hopes alive as they look to chase down group leaders Spain. Either a loss or a draw against the Swiss would be a major blow to their chances of topping the group. Expect to see all five Bayern players back in action in a few day’s time for Germany.