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szdaily -> Sports
Germany claims Confed Cup title
    2017-July-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

GERMANY survived a whirlwind assault by Chile and capitalized on an awful mistake by the South Americans to claim a 1-0 victory in a pulsating, bad-tempered Confederations Cup final Sunday.

Germany won the title for the first time after Lars Stindl scored the only goal in the 20th minute when Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz gave the ball away on the edge of his own area.

Chile, playing with its trademark high octane style and driven forward by another relentless display by Arturo Vidal, dominated the match but were let down by poor finishing.

The dramatic game featured missed chances, defensive howlers, scuffles and two video reviews, one producing a highly controversial outcome in the second half.

Chile defender Gonzalo Jara elbowed Timo Werner by the touchline and Serbian referee Milorad Mazic, alerted by the video assistants, let him off with a yellow card instead of a red.

Shortly afterwards, Mazic turned down Chilean appeals for a penalty, stood by his original decision after another review incident and booked Eduardo Vargas for drawing an imaginary television screen.

It was a remarkable achievement for Germany to lift the trophy with a young, experimental squad, although it could also be a bad omen as no team has ever won the World Cup after winning the Confederations Cup the year before.

“The fact that these young players have won this tournament makes it a historic achievement, it’s unique in Germany’s history, it’s outstanding,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew.

Chile flew into the game in its inimitable style and Alexis Sanchez should have put them in front, but shot wide from close range after keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen parried Vidal’s shot.

Germany struck almost immediately as Diaz lost the ball on the edge of his penalty area to Timo Werner who slipped it through for Stindl to score into an open goal.

Chile kept missing its chances, continued to look vulnerable on the break and nearly gifted Germany another goal before halftime when Jara gave the ball away in defense, but this time Claudio Bravo saved Leon Goretzka’s shot.

The German players were happy to contain Chile and play on their mistakes in the second half, although they were living dangerously at times.

Substitute Angelo Sagal scooped the ball over the bar from close range and Ter Stegen pushed away an Alexis Sanchez free kick in almost the last action of the game.

“We put our ideas into practice,” said Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi. “But because of one of those things, those accidents, it was our turn to lose.”

Meanwhile, an extra-time penalty from Adrien Silva gave Portugal a 2-1 win over Mexico and third place at the Confederations Cup. Portugal, which missed a spot kick given thanks to the video assistant referees 16 minutes into the match, was awarded a second penalty after 104 minutes when Miguel Layun handled the ball. Adrien Silva converted the kick to give the European champion a hard-fought victory.

(SD-Agencies)

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