Germany vs. Cameroon in 2017 Confederations Cup

Doug Mendoza
June 26, 2017

Cameroon started the tournament with a 2-0 loss to Chile, before losing two huge points against Australia in a 1-1 draw, then lost to the World champions 3-1 to finish bottom of the group.

Cameroon were controversially reduced to 10 men just after the hour-mark when defender Ernest Mabouka was shown a straight red card for his high tackle on Emre Can.

Germany extended its lead two minutes after the red card on a diving header from Timo Werner.

"I have to say I am very proud and full of praise for the team for reaching the semi-finals", said Loew.

The victory means that Joachim Low's side will stay in Sochi for their semi-final against Mexico on June 29.

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

Cameroon were gifted a way back into the match when Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Aboubakar's header burst through his gloves in what was a poor goal to concede for the Barcelona keeper.

Both teams had chances to win it, with Vargas heading wide from six yards out and Ryan McGowan missing from similar range at the other end - but in the end a draw seemed a fair result and it secured second spot for Chile, who will play Portugal in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

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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.

Chile hit back with sub Martin Rodriguez's first goal for his country.

Australian centre-back Trent Sainsbury spoiled a glorious chance for a second goal before the break, lashing wildly over on the volley after Chile's defence momentarily switched off.

"We wanted to get out of the group and we haven't, so we are disappointed", said Postecoglou. We have to beat them with two goals difference.

Alexis Sanchez is set to again show why Arsenal are desperate to keep him when he faces Australia on Sunday at the Confederations Cup with Chile's all-time top scorer stalling over a contract extension.

Postecoglou praised veteran forward Tim Cahill as Australia's captain made his 100th global appearance.

He made his Chile debut a decade ago, scoring his first worldwide goal against Switzerland in a 2007 friendly, and Sanchez marked his 112th appearance with a record-breaking strike.

The change paid off, as Chile leveled matters in the 67th minute Rodriguez fired past Ryan, after being picked out by Vargas.

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