The Final of Confederation Cup in Russia 2017 between Germany and Chile was a spectacular show of passes, combinations and mastery of the ball. Germany started the game after dispatched Mexico with a thrilling score of 4-1, Chile following them in the final, after playing 120 minutes against Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Portugal, “El Rocha“goalkeeper Claudio Bravo brought his team qualification after three consecutive saved penalties. Both sides were playing for the first time in this competition and it was clear from the beginning the burning desire of South Americans to take the trophy to Santiago, but the exemplar young football team of Germany had another plan.
Chile dominated the start of the game, first came the saved shoot of Eduardo Vargas, who received the ball from Charles Araguiz who failed to shoot but have a brilliant idea to set up the ball for his team mate on the 5th minute. Quarter of the hour latter Arturo Vidal powerful shoot in the right low corner of the post was deflected by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but running on the ball Alexis Sanchez couldn’t get the ball into the net. Just seconds latter the FIFA World Champions, Germany, exploited a mistake of Marcelo Diaz and score through Lars Stindl, possible his easiest goal of career after a superb pass of Timo Werner past the Coaudio Bravo in the empty net. Germans grow up in the game and took the control of it after opening the score and soon they created more occasion to double or triple the score. On 36th minute Leon Goretzka shoot was close to go in after a powerful strike from the right side of the box to the far post of the Claudio Bravo’s goal. Timo Werner the author of the goal pass, set-up a wonderful ball for Julien Draxler on the 40th minute but it went out. In the dying minutes of the first half the dominance of German players became suffocating and after a counter attack four to three, Leon Goretzka find himself one on one with the Chile’s goalkeeper, who denied once again doubling of the score, keeping his team in the game. Half time result: Chile 0-1 Germany.
Ten minutes in the second half midfielder of Paris Saint-Germain, Julien Draxler’s shoot was deflected just enough to avoid the goal by Universidad de Chile’s number 18, defender Gonzalo Jara. Inability to calm down the game with a second goal from German side gave more courage to opposite team, who grow in the influence in the last third of the game. First Chile big occasion came on the 75th minute where after unconvincing play of Germany’s defenders inside the box, Arturo Vidal shoot wide just over the post, then hitting the grass visible frustrated for the inability of him and his team mates to produce an equalizer. On the 83rd minute new introduced Edson Puch was first on the ball after a cross in the German box, he took out of the game the goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, and passed to 24 year striker Angelo Sagal, who missed in front of the empty goal.
After a game with big occasion from the both sides, German football team secured an hard fought victory over Chile, heading the road of victory to Berlin with a new football trophy. Joachim Loew proved on this tournament the high quality of German football school from the technical staff(coaches, scouters, etc.) to new young football talents, ready to play on the top level of football competitions bringing success to their country or clubs they are playing for.
Confederation Cup in Russia 2017 is over, Germany National Football Team are the Champions of this Tournament and exciting to see their performance next year on the FIFA World Cup 2018. Chile show a fighting spirit and a great team work so if they will qualify for WorldCup, is gonna be a nice thing to watch the Chilean football mastery.
Chile Line-up: Claudio Bravo, Jean Beausejour, Gonzalo Jara, Gary Medel, MAuricio ISla, PAblo Hernandez, Marcelo Diaz(52′ Leonardo Valencia), Chalres Aranguiz(81′ Angelo Sagal), Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas(81′ Edson Puch). 4-3-1-2.
Unused Substitute: Eugenio Mena, Enzo Roco, Gato Silva, Jose Fuenzalida, Cristopher Toselli, Paulo Diaz, Felipe Gutierrez, Martin Rodriguez, Johnny Herrera.
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Germany Line-up: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Ruediger, MAtthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka(90′ Niklas Suele), Joshua Kimmich, Julian Draxler, Lars Stindl, Timo Werner(79′ Emre Can). 3-4-2-1.
Unused Substitute: Kevin Trapp, MArvin Platternhardt, Benjamin Henrichs, Sandro Wagner, Kerem Demirbay, Bernd Leno, Amin Younes, Julian Brandt.
Coach: Joachim Loew.
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