Chile into semis after draw with profligate Australia

Chile into semis after draw with profligate Australia

Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying opponent the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have crashed out of this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup after losing 3-1 to world champions Germany in Group B on Sunday.

Federation Internationale de Football Association officials will have been alarmed when Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan initially sent the wrong player off, Sebastien Siani, on the advice of the video assistant referee before the decision was quickly corrected.

But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of Cameroon midfielder Siani’s card from yellow to red. Siani was called back on and Ernest Mabouka was correctly sent off.

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner scored twice, putting him at the top of tournament scorers table with 4 goals, while Kerem Demirbay added another to send the for German side to their second semi-final.

Aboubakar and substitute Moumi Ngamaleu both spurned decent chances as Cameroon tried to respond, but they were dealt a blow when Mabouka saw red for his high tackle on Can in the 64th minute and Werner made them pay two minutes later when diving low to head home Kimmich’s cross.

Joachim Loew reached the milestone of 100 wins in his 150th worldwide as Germany’s head coach.

Chile made a double half-time change, Pablo Hernandez and Rodriguez coming on and they made a decent start to the second half, Ryan reacted quickly to push away a powerful Vargas effort. But Werner netted again in the 81st minute to secure a 100th victory for Joachim Loew in his 150th match in charge of Germany. Julian Draxler fed Demirbay with a back-heel through Siani’s legs and the midfielder marked his first worldwide start by slicing a shot into the top corner with his weaker right foot.

Cameroon were gifted a way back into the match when Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Aboubakar’s header burst through his gloves in what was a poor goal to concede for the Barcelona keeper.

Chile salvaged a 1-1 draw against a tenacious Australian side on Sunday to ensure progress to the last four of the Confederations Cup.

But Werner restored Germany’s two-goal cushion.

Roared on by thousands of travelling fans, Chile held on and hit back in the 67th when Eduardo Vargas flicked the ball on for substitute Martin Rodriguez to hit it past goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

The story of the Confederations Cup are the ceaseless tribulations of the Video Assistant Referee.