On Monday, Germany celebrated their 1000th international match by playing Ukraine in a charity game in Bremen. To honor the occasion, Germany snatched a thrilling 3-3 draw with a last-gasp penalty against Ukraine.
Niclas Fuellkrug scored his seventh goal in seven matches through a deflection to give Germany the lead in the sixth minute of play. This was Fuellkrug’s seventh goal overall.
Viktor Tsyhankov scored an equalizing goal for Ukraine in the 19th minute as the team capitalized on a lost ball in the middle of the field to launch a counterattack.
A shot taken by Mykhailo Mudryk four minutes later resulted in an own goal as it was deflected by Antonio Ruediger inside the penalty area for a 2-1 advantage for the away team.
Tsyhankov was able to score a second goal for Ukraine early on in the second half thanks to a defensive mistake that enabled Ukraine to take a 3-1 lead against Hansi Flick’s team, who were already down 2-1.
When it came down to the final seven minutes, Kai Havertz scored for Germany by slotting the ball home. In the extra time that was played, Joshua Kimmich made the conversion on a penalty kick, denying Ukraine their first victory against Germany.
“We got off to a pretty good start in the game, and it felt pretty good.” Then we let two foolish goals through,” remarked Kimmich after the loss. “To our good fortune, we were rewarded with two goals at the end of the game.”
“We did a lot of things well in possession and created goal-scoring chances, but unfortunately we weren’t able to finish them as well as we wanted to,” Germany’s head coach Flick said after the match.
“My heart goes out to the squad because they gave all they had to try to reverse the tide of the game. The fact that we demonstrate attitude is the most crucial factor. It was sufficient to tie the game at three apiece, but we still have to address the areas that we need to perform better.
Since Germany will be hosting the European Championship, they will not be participating in the qualifying campaign. Instead, their next two matches will be friendlies against Poland on Friday and Colombia on Sunday.
In the Euro 2024 qualifying matches for Group C, Ukraine will first compete against North Macedonia on Friday, followed by Malta three days after that.