Alexis Sanchez's record-breaking goal 'very special', says Pizzi

Alexis Sanchez became Chile's leading goalscorer when he capitalised on a defensive error to score in the sixth minute before Lars Stindl equalised later in the first half.

"Emre Can went over in training, he caught his studs on the grass", said Germany's head coach Joachim Loew.

"I thought it [would help Cameroon] before the tournament because I saw it was different players than normal", Broos told a pre-match news conference at Fisht Stadium when assessing the Germany squad.

Germany, with only three players from its 2014 World Cup-winning team, played catch-up most of time against the more experienced Chileans, but earned the draw after Lars Stindl scored from close range in a counterattack just before halftime.

Tough-tackling Cameroon midfielder Arnaud Djoum is relishing pitting his wits against Germany star Julian Draxler when the sides meet in the Confederations Cup on Sunday. The key was to have a well structured defence.

Chile hosted the World Cup in 1962 when Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the final. "Given this young and inexperienced team, we played at a very high level".

Sanchez became Chile's all-time record scorer early on, passing Marcelo Salas with his 38th worldwide goal after a mistake from Arsenal team-mate Shkodran Mustafi.

"We drew against a very good side that is physically very prepared", he added. Arturo Vidal picked up the ball and quickly sent it back to Sanchez.

Vargas, who has 34 goals for Chile, nearly added to the lead in the first half with a powerful shot that struck the crossbar.

Vargas seized on a loose ball 25 yards out and smashed a dipping strike against the underside of the bar, which bounced agonisingly to safety, having had Marc-Andre ter Stegen beaten.

Germany, who were criticised before the tournament for sending a weakened team to Russian Federation, equalised four minutes beofre the break thanks to Lars Stindl.

Chile was still without regular starting goalkeeper Claudio Bravo because of a calf injury.

"We will pick the best options for Australia on Sunday based on how the players recover, but we won't change our game-plan because it has been very successful".

Both sides had no more than half-chances to break the deadlock with the group winners to be decided by the weekend's final round.

Emre Can is expected to miss Germany's meeting with Cameroon in their final group-stage fixture at the Confederations Cup after damaging his ankle in training.

  • Julie Sanders