Germany wins Confederations Cup with 1-0 victory over Chile

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Germany wins Confederations Cup with 1-0 victory over Chile

Germany reached the final of the 2017 Confederations Cup following the crushing 4-1 win over Mexico in the semifinal match, while team Chile edged current UEFA Champions Portugal 3-0 to earn the birth in the deciding game for the trophy in the penalty shootout.

Diaz's momentary lapse in concentration let Timo Werner rob him of possession, draw the goalkeeper and pass to Stindl, who scored into an empty net on 20 minutes in Saint Petersburg. It was the most basic of mistakes which unravelled what was an excellent start from the Chileans.

At times, Vidal seemed to be on a one-man mission to win this Confederations Cup final. Interestingly, this is the first time both teams have ever qualified for a final in this competition and from what we have seen so far over the course of the tournament, it is bound to be a nail-biting final. Out of all that, as well as everyone else believing it to be a red card, Mazic showed Jara a yellow and kept it 11v11. Alexis Sanchez pounced on it, but Antonio Rüdiger did enough to make his shot hard. Germany's defense played well down the stretch, withstanding Chile's pressure and limiting shots.

Now they need to prove this in the final against Chile - a team that their coach has enormous respect for.

Chile too has played some quality football to qualify for their third consecutive worldwide tournament final.

The subsequent back-to-back Copa America titles were achieved with roughly the same squad, ensuring it is a group that can draw on the invaluable experience of achieving success on the big stage.

Chile- Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour; Pablo Hernandez, Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz, Arturo Vidal; Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez.

They will still have Vidal next year, and they will still have the snap and snarl that threatened to boil over a few times in the second half.

Chile are looking for their third global trophy in three years after winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles - beating Argentina in the final on penalties on both occasions. Bravo and Sanchez play regularly in England's Premier League, while Vidal has lifted the German Bundesliga trophy twice in as many seasons with Bayern Munich. Rudiger was particularly impressive in the challenge and on the ball, while Draxler and Werner were mobile outlets as they broke quickly.

Mexico are one of the few team's at the Confederations Cup to send their best rosters to Russian Federation.

"In the first 15 minutes we were caught off balance which was why we didn't win in the end", admitted Germany captain Julian Draxler.

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