Spain scored a late, late equalizer to keep Germany on to a 1-1 draw in the League of Nations when it first returned to international football in 2020.
Joachim Löw’s team is looking to get their Group 4 campaign off to a winning start after Timo Werner’s strike just after half-time. But Germany was unable to clear up in injury time when Ferran Torres floated one last cross into the net.
Rodrigo Moreno claimed the header and Jose Gaya nodded home from a point on to rescue Spain.
As frustrating from a German viewpoint as the finale was, after 96 minutes, a draw was a fair overall outcome in which both teams produced opportunities. But it was Werner who returned to his home town of Stuttgart following his move to Chelsea this summer who opened the scoring after the excellent work of debutant Robin Gosens.
The full-back Atalanta, who scored ten goals and assisted a further eight last season as the Serie A side reached the Champions League quarter-finals, advanced down the left and cut back to Werner.
The former Stuttgart and RB Leipzig striker, who scored his first goal against Brighton for Chelsea in a weekend friendly, managed neatly and shimmered into space before shooting low and tough past David de Gea.
The Spanish goalkeeper, coming off the back of a mixed season with Manchester United, had held the game goalless in the first half, spectacularly saving from Leroy Sané. He later tipped a Niklas Süle header over the bar but had little chance with Werner’s shot.
His opposite number Kevin Trapp, Germany’s number three starting ahead of Manuel Neuer and Marc-André ter Stegen, was also called into action early on after Emre Can’s wayward backpass enabling new Leeds United signing Rodrigo Moreno to nip in – but Trapp got back with a timely sliding tackle.
Rodrigo seemed to pose the greatest challenge to the guests, making a venomous effort just before the hour mark, while Ansu Fati’s half-time replacement often injected strength and directness into Spain’s assaults.
The 17-year-old forward from Barcelona is the youngest player ever to represent Spain as of 1936. He had the ball in the net during injury time, but his header was ruled out after his teammate, Sergio Ramos – twice his age – committed a foul in the build-up. But when Gaya scored finally there was nothing to save Germany.