NATIONS LEAGUE

Sergio Ramos cheers Spain's grit and character after Germany fightback

Spain left it late to claim a 1-1 Nations League draw against Germany, but Sergio Ramos felt it was a point they richly deserved.

Ramos: Spain showed their face in Germany fightback

Sergio Ramos was heartened by Spain's fighting spirit and the performances of their young debutants in Thursday's dramatic 1-1 draw against Germany in League A, Group 4 of the Nations League.

De Gea keeps Germany at bay

Timo Werner crowned a wonderful team move early in the second half to put Joachim Löw's Germany in front and their lead might have been greater but for a fine showing from Spain goalkeeper David de Gea in Stuttgart on Thursday. Spain also had their chances, the last of which fell to José Luis Gayà – the Valencia full-back who made no mistake after popping up inside the opposition box in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

After witnessing the type of goal the Real Madrid captain has become something of a specialist in for his club, Spain skipper Ramos told reporters: "In the end, hope is the last thing that is lost. This is a team with faith, with hunger. The victory would have been unfair for them and we fought to the end. The team responded after a great physical demand. We were a little bit desperate towards the end, but with order, faith and with hunger we were able to draw the match".

Germany vs SpainAnsu Fati on his Spain debut against Germany

Ansu Fati, Merino and Ferrán Torres make senior debut

Barcelona teenager Ansu Fati came on at half-time to become Spain's second youngest full international of all time behind Ángel Zubieta. Mikel Merino also won his first cap from the bench, while fellow debutant Ferrán Torres completed the full match and his cross led to the equaliser.

"In general, the players who made their debut tonight were very good," Ramos, who holds the all-time appearances record for Spain, added. "They are daring, hungry, eager. They are no longer promising young players, they have arrived – players with heart and hunger, who push us and will be good for us. I'm happy for their debuts and that they did not have to suffer a defeat in their first game."