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Germany emerge group winner after forcing Switzerland to draw


Germany players celebrate their goal

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Host Germany fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Switzerland to emerge as Group A winner on Sunday.

Niclas Fullkrug was Germany’s hero as he scored two minutes into added time to rescue a draw for the host.

David Raum displayed his great technique and produced a beautiful lofted cross deep into the box. Fullkrug got onto the scoresheet by superbly heading it into the top left corner.

Switzerland had taken a shocking lead in the 28th minute of the match. Remo Freuler played the ball to Dan Ndoye, who found himself unmarked inside the box and slotted a first-time shot past Manuel Neuer into the top left corner.

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Shortly after the restart, Jamal Musiala latched on to a precise defence-splitting pass and fired a nice strike from a promising distance towards the middle of the goal. Yann Sommer had a clear sight of it and made a comfortable save.

In the 70th minute, Joshua Kimmich gathered a short pass deep inside the box but took too long to shoot, allowing the defender to make the block.

In the 85th minute, A cross arrived in the goalmouth from the resulting corner kick. Kai Havertz outjumped the defence, but his promising header bounced away off the bar.

Three minutes later, Granit Xhaka attempted to score with a first-time shot from the edge of the box. His effort towards the left post was saved by Manuel Neuer.

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