Germany win Confederations Cup


Germany lift the Confederations Cup after beating Chile 1-0 in the final

Lars Stindl's first-half strike saw Germany beat Chile 1-0 in Sunday night's Confederations Cup final in St Petersburg.


The Borussia Monchengladbach striker took advantage of some woeful defending by Chile to fire the world champions ahead after just 20 minutes.

In a disjointed and bad-tempered second period, the South Americans could have found themselves down to 10 men after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee just past the hour-mark.

Gonzalo Jara's stray elbow caught Timo Werner flush in the face, but after consulting his monitor on the touchline, Serbian referee Milorad Mazic controversially handed out a yellow, rather than a red. Thereafter, Germany saw the match out to add a first-ever Confederations Cup title to the European U21 crown they won on Friday night, although Chile will wonder how they failed to level matters late on.

Arturo Vidal had said in the lead-up to the game that Chile could prove they are the world's best team by beating Germany, and Juan Antonio Pizzi's team started as though they meant business.

The Copa America winners had numerous chances to take an early lead at the Krestovsky Stadium, only to find Marc-Andre ter Stegen in inspired form in the German goal.
 
The Barcelona goalkeeper had to be alert to keep out Vidal's close-range effort after just five minutes following a strong run into the area by Charles Aranguiz, although he was slightly fortunate a quarter of an hour later.

Again it was the Bayern Munich midfielder trying his luck, this time from the edge of the area, only for Ter Stegen to fail to gather the ball cleanly. However, luckily for the 'keeper Alexis Sanchez, following in, was unable to take advantage by tucking home the rebound. And 60 seconds later Chile found themselves behind after a terrible mistake by midfielder Marcelo Diaz, who failed to notice Werner lurking behind him on the edge of his own box.

The forward robbed him of possession, before laying the ball across the six-yard box for Stindl to tap home his third goal of the tournament, and his second already against the South Americans after his equaliser in their group-stage clash.


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