Chile book Portugal, Germany tackle Mexico

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

By winning their game and seeing Chile draw 1-1 with Australia in Moscow, Germany top Group B on 7 points and will now face Group A runners-up Mexico in the semifinal in Sochi on Thursday.

With five points scored, Chile is second in group B and will play against Portugal in the semi-finals.

It took furious protests from the Cameroon players, including Siani sarcastically applauding Roldan, for the Colombian to check the monitor again and discover he had sent off the wrong player.

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

After the lengthy stoppage involving the red card incident, Germany made their numerical advantage count nearly immediately as Werner also got his first Germany goal with an excellent header from Kimmich's fine cross to the back post.

Germany enjoyed most of the ball, but Cameroon came close just before the break when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa met a cross at the back-post, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving athletically to tip the ball over the bar.

But Werner made sure of the win as he lashed home substitute Benjamin Henrichs cross to secure a century of victories for Joachim Low in charge of Germany and book Germany's place in final four.

But three minutes into the second period, Germany hit the front as some wonderful build-up play was rewarded by a first global goal for Demirbay.

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The landmark arrived in his 150th game, with a superb Kerem Demirbay opener and Timo Werner's brace sealing a 3-1 win over 10-man Cameroon at the Confederations Cup.

Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa prevented Germany from extending its lead by blocking Kimmich's shot from a tight angle.

But when Australian fans saw Ange Postecoglou's team selection on Sunday evening, they were contemplating another kind of revolt.

Alexis Sanchez then managed to get clear but the ball was taken off his foot by Ryan Milligan's last-ditch tackle.

Claudio Bravo returned for Chile following a calf injury and the Manchester City goalkeeper produced a smart block to deny a lunging Massimo Luongo, although Australia forged ahead on 42 minutes.

James Troisi opened the scoring late in the first half, and for a period it appeared that Ange Postecoglou would secure his first win with the national team at a Federation Internationale de Football Association competition.

But the introduction of Rodriguez and Pablo Hernandez at half-time proved crucial as Chile levelled midway through the second half.

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