Germany became the Confederations Cup winners for the first time in their history, overcoming a frustrated Chile side in St Petersburg.

What happened?

Germany overcame a barrage of Chile attacks to win 1-0 in the final of the tournament. Right from the off the South American champions were all over their European opponents much like their first game against the world number three.

However, against the run of play it was the Germans who struck first. Chile, who were in total control had only moments before, missed the chance to go in front through Alexis Sanchez, the hitman unable to turn home a rebounded shot. Chile would recuperate, but on the 20-minute mark a disastrous error from defender Marcelo Diaz allowed Timo Werner to rob him of possession. With only the goalkeeper to beat the joint top scorer of the competition slid the ball across to who his partner in crime, Lars Stindl, who finished easily into an empty net.

The goal would open up the game dramatically as Chile flooded forward and Germany waited to pounce on the counter. The next big chance would fall to the other joint top scorer, Leon Goretzka, whose shot on 35 minutes flashed across the face of goal from a tight angle. Next it was the captain Julian Draxler’s turn as his shot four minutes later fell narrowly wide of the post from long range.

Germany had one last key chance before the break, another defensive mistake gifting them cheap possession, however Goretzka could not chip the ball past Claudio Bravo in goal.

The second half began like the first finished as the Chileans pressed for an equaliser and the Germans looked for the match winner.

Neither would come for either side as Germany struggled to match their usual clinical finishing, whereas Chile just could not get the bounce of the ball; Alexis Sanchez’s inability to find any sort of room summarising the La Roja’s frustration.

Two guilt-edged chances would present themselves for Chile in the dying moments of the match. With 15 minutes left Eduardo Vargas was unable to turn and finish from close range, placing his shot straight at Marc Ter Stegen in goals from 10 yards out.

Then came the moment both nations held their breath. Seven minutes from time Sanchez lofted a ball in, that was kept alive by Edson Puch on the byline, who then did magnificently well to fling the ball back across the six-yard box. All Angelo Sagal needed to do was stroke the ball home, however the striker lofted his ball sky-high to deny his side the all important equaliser.

Germany ultimately held and capitalised on the error to beat Chile 1-0.

Standout performances

Julian Draxler was once again a class above the rest pulling the strings in the middle of the park as well as going close on a couple of occasions.

For Chile Alexis Sanchez never gave up, had he found himself a bit of luck the score may have been different.

Tournament Summary

In the end the final came down to the two best sides in the competition in Germany and Chile. Both sides could not be separated the first time they played and it was only a calamitous error that produced the single goal in the final. Germany adds another trophy to their expansive collection, their second string side accounted for the rest of the competition with ease. Plenty for Chile to take home who can now feel they can mix it with the better European sides ahead of next year’s World Cup. A congratulations to all sides in involved in an intriguing Confederations Cup tournament.

 

 

 

 

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