Germany ease into Confederations Cup semi-finals

Timo Werner led Germany past Cameroon and into the next round of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup on Sunday, scoring twice in a 3-1 win.

Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany's Emre Can saw Sebastien Siani wrongly receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity.

The Australians took the lead in the 42nd minute when James Troisi delicately chipped the ball in after a pass from Robbie Kruse, and then went in pursuit of a second goal that could have seen them qualify at Chile's expense.

After more farcical scenes involving the new technology, Roldan eventually got the decision right and sent off Mabouka, with Cameroon still reeling from the chaos when Germany scored again moments after the resumption.

After that Australia managed to outmuscle Chile, although they had four players booked before halftime and the 37-year-old Cahill was lucky not to be sent off for scything down Charles Aranguiz from behind.

The Germans play Mexico in Sochi for a place in next Sunday's final in Saint Petersburg while Chile meet Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the other last-four clash on Wednesday in Kazan.

Joachim Loew can maintain his proud decade-long record of steering Germany to the semi-finals with a draw against Cameroon in the Confederations Cup.

He added: "Both players had their legs really high".

Had Germany boss Loew made a decision to bring his full strength team to Russian Federation, it is unlikely Stindl would be here.

With first-choice shot-stopper Manuel Neuer recovering from foot surgery, Loew says he may well rotate his goalkeeper with Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Trapp expected to start.

Also the B team is a very good team. In the first round, South Americans defeated Cameroon 2-0, in the second on equal footing against the World Champions the Germans played a 1: 1 draw.

"We weren't at the World Cup", he said. "It was a very high-level game with two teams playing very aggressively going forward, which was very attractive for the fans", said Pizzi.

"We wanted to get out of the group and we haven't, so we are disappointed", said Postecoglou.

Having become Chile's all-time top-scorer by scoring early against Germany, Arsenal's striker Alexis Sanchez will be looking to add to his tally of 38 global goals.

Claudio Bravo returned for Chile following a calf injury and the Manchester City goalkeeper produced a smart block to deny a lunging Massimo Luongo, although Australia forged ahead on 42 minutes.

  • Julie Sanders