Germany vs Cameroon FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Group Stage Match
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 4:21
Following a goalless first-half, Germany took the lead shortly after the restart when Kerem Demirbay rifled home from 25 yards.
Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) just past the hour after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany's Emre Can saw Sebastien Siani wrongly shown a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity.
Germany need just a point from the encounter in Sochi, but Cameroon are still alive too and can advance if they win by two clear goals.
"No, I haven't taken a glance at it", he modestly admitted when asked if he had looked at the list of top-scorers - with his name ahead of goal kings Cristiano Ronaldo and Javier Hernandez. Chile also rang the changes, as they made five amendments to their side, drafting in Jose Fuenzalida and Francisco Silva in a 4-3-3.
"We did not have the precision of other matches. but we are satisfied with having fulfilled the first objective of this championship", said Chilean national team coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.
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 Belgian is expected to call up the same again against the world champions. Considering this group of players hasn't had much time together as a unit, they've done pretty well, but I think it says a lot that they have already leaked three goals in the tournament.
Had Germany boss Loew chose to bring his full strength team to Russian Federation, it is unlikely Stindl would be here.
Yet even if Cameroon can not beat Germany, Broos insists that the team has still come a long way in a short space of time.
Stindl's outstanding ability operating between midfield and attack for Gladbach last season helped the former Karlsruher and Hannover player to produce a phenomenal 18 goals, 11 of which were registered in the Bundesliga.
Troisi dinked the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to give Australia the lead after Chile lost possession in midfield.
"But the boss said to me before the last World Cup, "why can't this be your best World Cup?" and funnily enough it was. If he plays tomorrow, he has earned it", said Postecoglou.