Indomitable lions park their bags out of confederations cup competition

Alain Brian
Juin 26, 2017

The first half was a poor reflection on both teams and was blighted by stray passes, an absence of precision and a lack of tempo.

Video review has been used to show a red card to Cameroon defender Ernest Mabouka at the Confederations Cup on Sunday.

"I didn't understand it and I still don't understand it now", fumed Cameroon's Belgian coach Hugo Broos. "First of all I saw a red card, then it was a yellow card, then he [the referee] came to the jury next to the pitch, then he went again to player, then he gave a red card for another player, so don't ask me what really happened".

After a goalless first half, highlighted by a superb save from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Die Mannschaft eventually found the breakthrough thanks to Kerem Demirbay, who scored his first goal for Germany with a thunderbolt finish 25 yards from goal after captain Julian Draxler played him through with a neat flick.

The point was not enough for Australia to escape the group and their campaign has now ended prematurely, stuck in third place behind Monday's opponents and Germany.

Joachim Loew reached the milestone of 100 wins in his 150th worldwide as Germany's head coach.

"I spoke to Emre Can, he said there was contact but didn't feel it was a foul", said Loew. That's who we want to be measured against. "We'll play a certain style of football, take it to opposition teams and see where it takes us".

"Maybe it can be fine-tuned so that decisions are made a bit quicker".

"The goal we conceded was a soft one but we are still learning".

"I believe the red card contributed", said Werner.

Broos also took a swipe at the tournament organisers, demanding team transport at the venues be improved before Russian Federation hosts next year's World Cup.

Underdogs Australia played with more function in the new Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow - in front of plenty of vacant seats once again - compared to in their previous games versus Germany as well as Cameroon.

"It's not that you start an hour late, everything gets pushed back and on one occasion we ate at 10pm at night, which is far too late".

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