Germany cruise into the semi-finals

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Germany took on Cameroon in the last of their Confederations Cup group games looking to book their spot in the semi-finals.

What happened?

Two goals from Timo Werner helped Germany to a 3-1 win over Cameroon, securing the World Champions a spot in the final four at the Confederations Cup.

Germany went into the game only needing a draw to progress whereas Cameroon had to win and win big before even taking into consideration the result from the other game.

Cameroon started like a side that had nothing to lose controlling the opening stages of the match and putting Germany under pressure when defending.

However, they were unable to make their early dominance count with the final pass a constant let down as the African nation rarely troubled Marc Ter Stegen in the German goal.

The first half finished a goalless stalemate but fans weren’t waiting long for a goal after the resumption of play with Kerem Demirbay scoring a pearler from outside the box on 48 minutes. It was Demirbay’s first game at the tournament and his first international goal for his country.

The goal opened up the game even more as Cameroon flooded their way forward but the game was thrown into controversy when Ernest Mabouka was sent off when his reckless challenge on Emre Can was overturned after a review from the VAR.

After the red card it was all one way traffic as Germany cruised to the finish line and on the 66th minute they had their second, Timo Werner with his first goal for Germany when he got on the end of a Joshua Kimmich cross to poke a header past Fabrice Ondoa.

Cameroon did get themselves on the score sheet 12 minutes from time when Vincent Aboubakar headed home from close range to give his side the smallest of chances. But any hopes of a comeback were squashed almost immediately as Timo Werner got his second just three minutes later striking home a Benjamin Henrichs’ pull back to seal victory.

Standout performances

Youngster Timo Werner once again showed why he’s hot property around Europe at the moment as the natural born winger slotted seamlessly into the number nine role picking up two goals.

Talking points

Will any of these German players be back next year? It has been well documented that Germany left the majority of their World Cup winners at home but the old guard shouldn’t get too comfortable as this current crop of players could very easily snatch a place from them with a string of good performances.

Cameroon’s tournament ends and it was a disappointing fortnight for the Africans who couldn’t find a win and could only scrape to a draw against Australia.

What it means

The result means that Germany top the group on seven points after Chile played out a highly entertaining draw against Australia. Germany will now have the task of navigating Mexico in the semi-final who are notorious for stepping up against the footballing elite. 

Goal of the day

This honour has to go to Kerem Demirbay who scored arguably the best goal of the tournament to date with a sumptuous strike from outside the box that rifled into the top corner. Not only was the strike a peach, the goal meant a lot to a player who has had a chequered past on his way to the top of the footballing hierarchy.

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