Germany and Chile Advance to Confederations Cup Semifinals

Germany and Chile Advance to Confederations Cup Semifinals

The reigning world champions beat Cameroon 3-1 in the Confederations Cup as Kerem Demirbay’s opener and a brace from Timo Werner secured top spot in Group B and set up a semi-final clash against Mexico on Thursday.

As Group B winners, Germany will face Mexico in the last four in Sochi, Russia.

Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players”, said Low, who became the first head coach to achieve 100 global wins.

“They are very organised in defence, experienced players and we’ll need to be patient”.

On Sunday, Timo Werner netted twice in the win over 10-man Cameroon.

Germany were leading with Kerem Demirbay’s strike when a case of incorrect identity midway with the 2nd half- which replays were meant to eliminate- left Cameroon bemused and aggravated.

The video review system was called upon when Mabouka was sent off on 64 minutes for a risky tackle as he went in studs-up on Liverpool’s Emre Can.

Sebastien Siani was dismissed for a foul on Can after referee Wilmar Roldan inspected a pitch-side monitor.

African champions Cameroon failed to go beyond the group phase of the ongoing FIFA Confederation Cup in Russian Federation and it is by no means surprising for the team’s head coach, Hugo Broos.

The Cameroon boss praised the standard of the stadiums in Russian Federation but said heavy traffic hampered training sessions when they played in Moscow and St Petersburg. Roared on by their thousands of travelling fans, Chile held on and hit back in the 67th when Eduardo Vargas flicked the ball on for substitute Rodriguez to hit it past goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

“We are happy to reach the semi-finals and reach that aim”.

Former Nigeria global, Etim Esin, has played down the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon’s poor outing at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, positing that they still remain a formidable side.

The 57-year-old has been at the helm of Die Mannschaft since 2006 and presided over a period of great success for the side, winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“We have got so much potential in us. We’ll play a certain style of football, take it to opposition teams and see where it takes us”. The goal tied the two teams on points, but Chile still enjoyed the better goal difference.

The Australians, with forward Tim Cahill making his 100th appearance, missed further chances in the second half.

He played 56 minutes – picking up a yellow card in the first half for a crunching tackle – before being replaced by Mathew Leckie.

Every time he has played at the highest level, at World Cups, he has scored goals.

“The players will get massive belief out of that”.

“We saw the proof that a lot of work still needs to be done.it is of course a quality issue, but it’s mostly a training issue”, the Belgian said.