Germany, Chile Advance to Confederations Cup Semi-Final

Alain Brian
Juin 26, 2017

Cameroon 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. There were flickers of a comeback by the African champions when Vincent Aboubakar's header slipped through Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's raised hands.

Germany took the lead in the 48th minute as a superb back-heel from captain Julian Draxler steered the ball into the path of former Turkey junior global Demirbay and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net.

The first semi-final game will be played by Portugal and Chile on Wednesday the 28 of June while the second between Germany and Mexico will be played on Thursday the 29 of June. They will meet Mexico.

Joshua Kimmich's right-wing cross bounced before it reached the RB Leipzig striker, but Werner dived to divert a header neatly beyond Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

Their best first-half chance fell to Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, whose side-footed volley following Mabouka's cross was well saved by Ter Stegen just before half-time.

"Some of my players have no experience and were nervous because one mistake could have eliminated us", Loew said through a translator.

Taking the lead in slick fashion.

In Tim Cahill's 100th match for Australia, the Socceroos played a high energy, fast-paced, attack-minded brand of football that combined Ange Postecoglou's football vision with the long-time characteristics of Socceroo teams of yesteryear.

A superb back-heel from captain Julian Draxler steered the ball into the path of the former Turkey junior worldwide and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

Then came the red-card confusion, swiftly followed by Germany's second goal.

But Werner restored Germany's two-goal cushion.

Germany broke the deadlock just two minutes after the interval, though, with a fine team goal.

Benjamin Henrichs then set up Werner for his second goal, cutting the ball back for a straightforward finish to make sure of Germany's win.

Cameroon leaves Russian Federation early and might not be back next year, given its struggles in qualifying. "They're under pressure. You've seen that we caused them some real problems, that we matched a world-class team".

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