Chile says it will consider joint bid for 2026 World Cup

The Arsenal star profited from Shkodran Mustafi's poor pass, before firing a low effort past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to hand Chile the lead after five minutes.

"Chile perhaps have a player or two amongst their ranks who have a lot of experience playing in tournaments, however I see us well equipped to deal with them".

The Arsenal forward stabbed in the opener on six minutes to notch for the 38th time for La Roja and pass Marcelo Salas as his country's all-time leading scorer.

"We need to win the game by two goals", added Kruse.

The qualifiers will be decided in the last round of the group stage where Germany face Cameroon and Chile take on Australia on Sunday.

"I am quite disappointed because we had the means to win the match", said man-of-the-match Zambo Anguissa.

Just as the Germans were beginning to grow into the match, Eduardo Vargas almost doubled the Chilean advantage with a blast that shook Ter Stegen's goal as it bounced off the crossbar.

Chile's 28-year-old striker Alexis Sanchez was named the best player of the match and was awarded with a trophy.

Germany's Lars Stindl, center, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Chile, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Thursday, June 22, 2017. "It was a game of the highest standard".

"Overall, I am very happy", said Loew.

Germany, with a lineup slightly changed from the opening win against Australia, equalized in the 41st after Jonas Hector deceived the Chilean defenders on the left side of the area and made a well-timed cross for Stindl's close-range goal.

Speaking at the post-match news conference German Head Coach Joachim Loew said his team played the match at a very high level.

Cameroon and Australia will play the other Group B match on Thursday in St. Petersburg.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, however, will be sidelined again because of a left calf injury.

Just as happened against Germany, another lapse in concentration cost Australia for Zambo Anguissa's goal.

"As the match went on, we got forward with more and more boldness".

Russian fans in a 35,021 crowd showed which side most were on by roaring for the Cameroon lead which rewarded a strong finish to a half that began slowly and got physical. "They are so flexible that, from time to time, you can not tell which player is playing which position", said Loew ahead of the encounter in Kazan, Russia.

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.

  • Julie Sanders