Germany was twice behind to earn a point in an exciting UEFA Nations League showdown.
Germany and Switzerland: reaction as it is
Switzerland's use of two strikers paid off when Mario Gavranović flipped a clever header in the fifth minute and then threw them forward with an empathetic finish from afar.
Strike partner Haris Seferović had set up Remo Freuler's definitive clip to make it 2-0, but Timo Werner could cut debts with a clinical strike in half an hour. Hit a post right after the timeout, Kai Havertz charged into the right field and made a low finish into the far corner before Gavranović's second.
Serge Gnabry re-leveled Germany with a perfect back heel from the Werner diagonal. Swiss defender Fabian Schär was sent off late for a second penalty.
Steffen Potter, correspondent for Germany
This was a very fun game and interesting for Germany: a classic glass half full or half empty. To focus on the positives: the fluid attacks with Werner and Gnabry are really clicky, Havertz shows what he can add to the team, and Leroy Sané returns to good effect. Alternatively, by focusing on defensive performance, you can accept targets very easily and show that the quality and depth of the players maybe not so strong behind the attack. Joachim Löw and his team really have work to do to stabilize this side. I'm not sure they'll be able to fully achieve this right now.
James Thorogood, Swiss correspondent
In a merciless wave of fate that only football can create, Switzerland faced relegation in the second from the first opening of the UEFA Nations League campaign. This six-goal thriller in Cologne was testament to the progress Vladimir Petković preached, but also showed that there is still a lot of work to be done if Nati wants to start beating the elite rather than just matching them.
Joachim Löw, Germany coach : “It's good to improve playing back threes and back fours. You should be able to switch between systems. This team really has a lot of potential. If we go to a tournament, if we reach the half, Finals is always the minimum goal. ”
Toni Kroos, Germany midfielder : “It's nice to reach 100 covers. It was a private game, but if you know me, you know I'm more about results and titles. Defending is a team effort and we helped them a lot in their first game. And third goals. After that we played well, we played better football [in Ukraine] than last game. After all, we are not satisfied with a score. ”
Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer : “You can win the game if you get ahead three times. We played very well in the first half, we made difficult mistakes and were efficient, which we haven't been able to do in the last games. In the end, they are still Germany. . Too bad the result didn't help us because Ukraine won. We really wanted to beat Germany tonight. ”
Silvan Widmer, Swiss defender : “We came to Germany and scored three goals, something to be proud of. But when you do, it's hard to accept not parting with all three numbers we feel we deserve. It's tough considering the outcome [beating Spain] in Ukraine tonight. Now we have to win both our final games, no questions asked. Tonight's performance is a source of hope, but I chose three points.
• The home team failed to win for the seventh time in eight UEFA Nations League matches (D5 L2).
• 16 of Germany's last 23 goals were scored in the second half.
• Switzerland scored 19 goals in eight UEFA Nations League group stage matches.
• Captain Granit Xhaka tied with Hakan Yakin (87) and became Switzerland's seventh most ranked player.
• Midfielder Kroos won his 100th game for Germany.
Germany : Neuer; Gosens (Halstenberg 57), Rüdiger, Ginter (Emre Can 77), Klostermann; Kroos, Kimmich; Goretzka; Gnabry, Havertz (Draxler 77), Werner
Switzerland : Sommer; Widmer, Elvedi, Schär, Rodríguez; Zuber (Fernandes 66), Xhaka, Freuler (Benito 85), Shaqiri (Sow 66); Gavranović (Mehmed 75) Seferović (Itten 85)
Spain visited Switzerland on Saturday (November 14th), while Ukraine captured Germany in Leipzig.