Chile draws with Australia to reach Confed Cup semifinals
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 5:46
Chile substitute Martin Rodriguez scored his first global goal to salvage a 1-1 Confederations Cup draw with Australia that seals a mouth-watering semi-final tie against Portugal.
Germany deservedly topped Group B to set up a last four meeting with Mexico at the same venue on Thursday after the first worldwide goals for Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner, who got two.
Germany topped Group B to set up a last four meeting with Mexico at the same venue on Thursday after the first worldwide goals for Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner, who got two.
The drama came on a landmark day for Joachim Loew, who celebrated his 100th win as Germany head coach in his 150th game in charge.
By securing top spot in Group B, the world champions will now stay in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and play Mexico on Thursday.
Germany now progress to the semi-finals, where they'll meet Mexico.
Cameroon began brightly, but failed to threaten German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Germany went closest to breaking the deadlock after a pedestrian opening 21 minutes.
Cameroon were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when, after a video assistant referee review, Ernest Mabouka was sent off for a late challenge on Emre Can. Vincent Aboubakar scored Cameroon's consolation.
Ondoa denied Werner his hat-trick and brilliantly kept out substitute Amin Younes' shot in the closing stages as Germany threatened to add further goals.
But Rodriguez, who was introduced at the break, levelled to calm Chile's nerves about elimination and ensure they finish second to pool winners Germany, who beat Cameroon 3-1 in Sunday's other game.
Australia outplayed the world's No.4 side but conceded to Martin Rodriguez as they chased the second goal they needed to reach the semi-finals in Russian Federation. They now sit second with two points after two rounds of matches.
The Indomitable Lions will now turn their attention to the World Cup qualifiers where they confront the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a double-header and hope to qualify from a "group of death" that also include Algeria and Zambia.