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Antonio Rudiger Scores Bizarre Own Goal As Germany Earns a Draw Against Ukraine
- Antonio Rudiger scored an own goal as Germany and Ukraine played to an entertaining draw
- Germany played its 1000th international match in preparation for the upcoming Euro 2024
- Chelsea star Kai Havertz came off the subs bench to grab a late equaliser for the home side
Germany’s 1000th international match was a spectacle to watch, but Real Madrid defender, Antonio Rudiger grabbed all the headlines for the wrong reasons.
The 30-year-old defender scored a bizarre own goal as Germany played an entertaining 3-3 draw against Ukraine, with the match used to promote peace and solidarity amid Russia’s invasion of the away team.
Rudiger’s own goal gave Ukraine a 2-1 lead after he deflected Chelsea star, Mykhailo Mudryk’s wayward shot into his net, leaving Germany goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp in no man’s land.
Ukraine would eventually get another goal to extend its advantage against the four-time World Champions at the game, played at the 42,000-capacity Weserstadion - the home ground of Werder Bremen.
Rudiger had a topsy-turvy season with Real Madrid, winning just the Copa del Rey in his first season with the 14-time Champions League winners after joining them from Chelsea last summer.
Germany fights to Ukraine draw
Germany showed resilience to get a deserved draw against Ukraine, scoring two late goals to force Serhiy Rebrov’s team to a 3-3 draw in front of their home supporters.
Kai Havertz came off the bench to net late on before winning a penalty, which Joshua Kimmich converted in stoppage time to make it 3-3, Evening Standard reports.
Germany will host next summer’s Euro 2024 and face friendlies against Poland and Colombia, while Ukraine tackles North Macedonia and Malta later this month in the tournament qualifiers.
Rudiger rejected PSG for Madrid
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Rudiger why he chose Real Madrid last summer despite keen interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
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The German appeared on the radar of most European clubs when it became apparent he would not continue his time at Chelsea.
Despite the French giants circling him, Rudiger said he had already made up his mind on which club he would be moving to next.