Germany, Chile advance to Confederations Cup semifinals

Germany, Chile advance to Confederations Cup semifinals

By securing top spot in Group B of the World Cup warm-up tournament, the inexperienced Germany squad playing without many of its 2014 World Cup winners will now stay in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and play Mexico on Thursday.

The Cameroonians 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.

Timo Werner netted twice as Germany set up a Confederations Cup semi-final against Mexico with a 3-1 win on Sunday against 10-man Cameroon, who initially had the wrong player sent off.

African champions Cameroon failed to go beyond the group phase of the ongoing FIFA Confederation Cup in Russian Federation and it is by no means surprising for the team’s head coach, Hugo Broos.

Cameroon started the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Chile, before losing two huge points against Australia in a 1-1 draw, then lost to the World champions 3-1 to finish bottom of the group.

It came after referee Wilmar Roldan had inspected a pitch-side monitor and adjuged Siani to have committed a foul, before Cameroon launched a furious protest at the decision.

“I didn’t understand it and I still don’t understand it now”, fumed Cameroon’s Belgian coach Hugo Broos.

“I didn’t see whether or not it (the red card) was justified. I don’t understand why only my player received a red card”.

The decision left Cameroon reeling and Germany’s Werner scored his first goal just a minute after the dismissal.

Semi finals are to be played on Wednesday June 28 between Portugal-Chile and Germany-Mexico.

The Chile vs Australia group stage match of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup ended in a 1-1 tie.

“Some players will benefit if they have a bit of a break after two games within a few days, and possibly our game will also benefit by introducing some new blood”. Löw’s side was wasteful, with wing back Joshua Kimmich sending out a diving header broad, and were greatly restricted to assaulting down the flanks.

The first shot on target arrived in the last minute of the half, when Marc-Andre ter Stegen was alert and acrobatic to tip over Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s effort from Mabouka’s cross. “We’ll play a certain style of football, take it to opposition teams and see where it takes us”. “Our opponent didn’t allow us to play the way we usually do, they were very good at pressing”.

Taking the lead in slick fashion.

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. Werner evaded Adolphe Teikeu to fulfill a cross from Kimmich as well as open his worldwide account with his stooping header. Fabrice Ondoa denied Kimmich with a fine save, and Ter Stegen followed suit on a shot by Aboubakar.