Sanchez makes history as Chile draw with Germany
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 18:08
Alexis Sanchez says he's "happy" to become the top scorer in Chile history, but refused to entertain questions about his Arsenal future after his side's 1-1 Confederations Cup draw against Germany on Thursday.
With two minutes left in first-half regulation time, Germany put together its first decent offensive effort of the contest, as Emre Can and Joshua Kimmich combined to get the ball to Lars Stindl, who equalised for Germany in the 43rd minute.
Germany improved toward the end, grabbing control of the middle of the pitch, but neither team was able to create many significant chances to break the deadlock.
Having beaten Australia 3-2 and drawn 1-1 with Chile, Germany know that even a win in their final fixture may not be enough for them to win the group if the Chileans comfortably see off Australia.
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez truly is a Duracell Bunny as he plays in an worldwide tournament with Chile every single summer, and he wins quite a lot of them too!
Germany were coming under sustained pressure but they drew level in the 41st minute with a wonderfully worked goal finished by Stindl. This summer in Russian Federation, then, is a chance to make a statement on a global stage: They're no longer plucky outsiders, as they were in the past two World Cups, but deserve to be taken seriously as reigning South American champions. Cameroon will be hoping that Germany loses tonight to Chile and then they in turn, win their next match against the Germans.
Chile almost extended their lead 14 minutes later as Eduardo Vargas' shot hit the crossbar.
"I am quite disappointed because we had the means to win the match", said man-of-the-match Zambo Anguissa.
Stindl pushed his way into Loew's plans with a series of strong performances, netting 18 goals for Gladbach, including two against Celtic in the Champions League last season.
"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.
Chances were few and far between after the restart as the encounter petered out into a draw.