FIFA Confederations Cup: Alexis Sanchez breaks Chile scoring record in Germany draw
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 13:28
"We made a mistake but we immediately recovered and after that were very well organised". The both teams will progress to the semifinals if they avoid defeat in their final matches on Sunday, Germany facing Cameroon and Chile up against Australia.
As he builds toward next year's World Cup, which will surely be the swan song at the highest level for Chile's golden generation, two questions may well be costing him some sleep.
"I've seen a few games of Australia and there is a lot of enthusiasm in the team, a fighting spirit, so it's a very hard team to play against".
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 finals.
Said Cameroon coach Hugo Broos: "Australia play with a lot of fighting spirit and I expect a hard game against a team with a different style to Chile". There were two teams on the pitch who have a very strong game-plan and I think that is very attractive for the players and spectators.
Loew has warned his young charges that against Chile they must concentrate for "90, not 60 minutes" as they did against Australia and Goretzka agreed.
Despite Loew s positive appraisal, Chile could have been 2-0 when Eduardo Vargas rattled the crossbar on 20 minutes with Barcelona goalkeeper Ter Stegen beaten.
There was still work to do but Sanchez played a smart one-two with Vidal before galloping into the area and firing a left-footed shot beyond goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. At the start of the match, the Latin Americans completely controlled the game - to double the advantage Chile could Diaz, Vargas and Sanchez. "Sometimes we are better than our rivals and win, sometimes we lose".
He retained possession well throughout and provided some much-needed strength to the midfield, shielding the ball against a robust Chile unit, while getting forward whenever possible.
Germany were more assertive in the second half than they were in the first.