FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, Germany 1-1 Chile: 5 talking points
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 15:05
Alexis Sanchez punished a mistake by Arsenal colleague Shkodran Mustafi to open the scoring for the Chileans in the 6 minute, taking him past Marcelo Salas as Chile's all-time record goalscorer with 38 goals.
La Roja almost doubled their lead in the 20th minute through Eduardo Vargas, but the striker's effort from the edge of the box rattled the crossbar with Ter Stegen well beaten.
Sanchez was afforded the chance to double his tally from a set-piece, but unfortunately, he saw the ball fly just over the crossbar.
Chile remain top of the group on four points, in front of Germany, who have the same total.
Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi started with an experienced side, including nine of the team which beat Argentina on penalties in the 2016 Copa America final.
Participants in the 2017 Confederations Cup are hosts Russian Federation, 2014 FIFA World Cup Champions Germany, 2015 Copa America Champions Chile, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Champion Australia, 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners Mexico, 2016 UEFA Euro Cup champs Portugal, OFC (Oceania Football Confederation) Nations Cup victors New Zealand and 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Champion Cameroon.
Despite Germany being the youngest side in the tournament, they are undoubtedly the favourites to go all the way in the Confederations Cup 2017.
It was the second 1-1 draw of the day in Group B as Cameroon and Australia also finished level. "It was a very high quality match and we showed we can compete at this level, and at times impose our style". "I think that the final result reflects the top performances that both teams displayed".
Despite leaving all his World Cup-winning stars at home, Germany's coach Joachim Low was delighted by how his team - the youngest squad at the Cup - fared.
"I hope against Australia that from the first second of the game we will seek to dominate", Broos said.
Sanchez came close to scoring his second goal just a few minutes later with a low left-foot shot that required a hard save by Ter Stegen.
The two teams will progress to the last four if they avoid defeat in their final matches on Sunday, Chile facing Australia and Germany up against Cameroon. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, however, will be sidelined again because of a left calf injury.