Germany turned on the class as they powered their way past Mexico to move into the final of the Confederations Cup.

What happened?

Looking to reach their first Confederations Cup final, Germany made light work of their Mexican opponents, seemingly wrapping up the match within the opening ten minutes.

Five minutes was in fact all it took for the World Champions to score as future star Leon Goretzka received the ball from Benjamin Henrichs before slotting an unerring first time finish into the bottom corner to give Guillermo Ochoa no chance in goal.

The combination of Goretzka, Henrichs, and Timo Werner was simply too good for the Mexican defence to handle and the second goal came moments after the first.

Pinching the ball away from Mexican possession Timo Werner found himself with time and space, sliding through a sumptuous pass into the path of Goretzka who diverted the ball past Ochoa to make it 2-0 inside 10 minutes.

Henrichs almost turned provider again on the 17th minute as he put through front-man Werner but the 21-year-old could only fire the ball straight at Ochoa who parried it away for a corner.

It took over half an hour for Mexico to fashion their first opportunity with both Dos Santos brothers going close. First up it was Giovanni Dos Santos, who after a neat build up was played in but an outstretched boot denied from Marc Ter Stegen denied him the first goal. The danger wasn’t over yet though, as the ball came floating back into the box, which a diving header from younger brother Jonathan Dos Santos met but he was unable to get the necessary power to beat Ter Stegen who made a comfortable save.

The opportunity seemed to urge the Mexicans on as moments later Javier Hernández missed a glorious opportunity to put his side on the score sheet. The ball found its way to the former Manchester United player who did brilliantly well to keep the ball under control but was unable to lob the oncoming Ter Stegen as the ball drifted over the bar.

The second half started like the first one ended, with Mexico in the ascendancy. A dreadful back pass from Joshua Kimmich went straight to Hernández who broke away with pace. The striker had options left and right and chose to go with the latter. However, the pass was not as clinical as it needed to be and although Raul Jimenez managed to make the best out of the situation, his shot went straight at Ter Stegen who made an easy save.

The game was put beyond doubt close to the hour mark as a brilliant passing display from Germany left the Mexican defence undone. Timo Werner finally getting his goal as he tapped home the third with no goalkeeper in sight.

To Mexico’s credit they continued to push to the very last whistle, Miguel Layun came close on 70 minutes only to be denied by a decent stop from Ter Stegen, then five minutes later Jimenez struck the crossbar with a header.

But if at first you don’t succeed you try and try again as Mexico finally scored and what a goal it was. Emre Can brought down Rafael Marquez to give away a needless free-kick. It was quickly laid off to Marco Fabian who struck the sweetest of shots that fired past Ter Stegen who had no chance of stopping it.

But it was the Germans who had the last say with Amin Younes finishing from close range with the last kick off the game giving his side a 4-1 victory and a place in the final.

Standout performances

Leon Goretzka was the difference early on as his two goals took him to three for the competition. The young German has a bright future ahead of him as he continues grow.

No standout for the Mexico but a standout team effort in the second half is worth noting. They never gave up and had chances gone their way it might have look a better score line so they can bow out of the competition with their heads held high.

What it means

It means Germany will now face Group rivals Chile; both sides are in their first Confederations Cup final. They couldn’t be separated the first time they faced each other so it’s anyone’s bet as to who will come out on top. 

Goal of the day

Goal of the day and most likely to be the goal of the tournament is Marco Fabian’s late strike. It was as picturesque as they come; a sweet strike from long range that left the keeper with absolutely no chance.

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