Confed Cup: Germany hold Chile to 1-1 draw

Germany has brought a second-choice squad to the Confederations Cup, but with Jogi Low looking for more first-choice options heading into next summer's World Cup defense, plenty will be out to prove a point against Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal & Co.in what should be a riveting match.

The scoring was opened already in the fifth minute Sanchez took advantage of the pruning Mustafi at the gate and no problem in melee beat Ter Stegen.

The reigning World Champions were nearly overtaken by the Aussie team, but at the end of the game, Germany won 3-2.

Reigning world champions Germany clashed with Latin America's now best football squad from Chile at Kazan Arena on the night of June 22 as part of their group stage match two, which ended with 1-1 draw.

Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the tournament to equalise for the world champions just before the break. Both teams won their opening game with Germany defeating Australia 3-2 while Chile defeated Cameroon 2-0.

However, with a point apiece all but guaranteeing qualification for the two teams after Cameroon's draw with Australia, neither went insane in trying to find a victor.

Sanchez's sixth-minute strike against Germany, taking advantage of a mistake from Gunners team-mate Shkodran Mustafi, made him Chile's outright record goalscorer, passing Marcelo Salas to reach 38 global goals.

The 36-year-old could well be between the posts again for the showdown with the 2012 World Cup winners should the Manchester City keeper not be deemed match fit.

"Against Chile it will be entirely different", said Loew, who will be trying to win his 100th match as Germany's national team coach.

"We controlled large parts of the game and they were pretty unsafe, we lacked some composure in front of goal", said Australia coach Ange Postecoglou. "Today the key was to have a very well-structured defensive line and we were able to do that".

The top two teams go through to the semi-finals and there is one round of matches in the group on Sunday, with Germany facing Cameroon and Chile playing Australia.

The referee poured cold water on Chile's goal celebrations by appearing to call for a video reply, possibly to look at a scything tackle by Mustafi on Vidal, although the goal was quickly confirmed.

Indeed, Chile could have doubled their lead shortly afterwards when Eduardo Vargas unleashed a powerful long-range effort which crashed off the underside of the bar in the 19th minute.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Lars Stindl then converted a low cross from Jonas Hector to level matters on the night.

"Unfortunately we went behind after a bad pass, that kind of mistake is punished, but the team s reaction was very good", said Loew.

  • Julie Sanders