Germany reaches Confed Cup semis amid more replay confusion
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 6:45
After a VAR review saw Ernest Mabouka eventually sent off for a high tackle on Emre Can after Sebastien Siani was initially mistakenly dismissed, Germany quickly extended their lead through Werner's first global goal.
But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of midfielder Siani's card from yellow to red.
Then, after another review of the footage, the referee gave the correct player, Mabouka, the red card and brought back Siani into the game.
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. Up front Cameroon need goals from Vincent Aboubakar.
Joachim Loew, who claimed his 100th win in his 150th global as Germany's head coach, maintained his impressive record of steering the national team to the semi-finals of every tournament over the last decade.
But three minutes into the second period, Germany hit the front as some wonderful build-up play was rewarded by a first global goal for Demirbay. Julian Draxler fed Demirbay with a back-heel through Siani's legs and the midfielder marked his first global start by slicing a shot into the top corner with his weaker right foot.
Any thoughts of a comeback from the 10 men, though, were quashed when Werner lashed home his second as Germany's young side went on to seal a comfortable win.
They will be hoping to beat Germany today with a high score margin and progress to the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup. They lost their opening game 2-0 against Copa America winners, Chile, before securing a point from the 1-1 draw against Australia in their second game.
Bernd Leno was also at fault for Australia's two goals in Germany's 3-2 victory in its Group B opener.
Australia's all-time top-scorer Tim Cahill could win his 100th cap.
Amid a fast start to the game, Maty Ryan saved well from Chile striker Eduardo Vargas on 12 minutes. Sanchez went tumbling and Chile appealed for a penalty but the Video Assistant Referee ruled that it was a fair tackle.
"Yes, it's very easy to say you haven't got players who score but you have to find them".
The Australians were rewarded for their bright stat when they took the lead on 42 minutes, when the ball fell to James Troisi on the left of the box and he scored with a lovely dinked finish over on-rushing Chile 'keeper Bravo.
Australia is the clear underdog heading into this game but it does still have a solid chance at qualifying to the next round of the competition.
Eduardo Vargas beat his marker to a looping ball in the area, knocking down into the path of Rodriguez who smuggled the ball beyond Matt Ryan for his first global goal. In the upcoming match, the victory is more important for Australians, but they look weaker than rivals.