FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Group B sides Chile and Germany are each on the verge of a FIFA Confederations Cup Semi-final after the two sides drew 1-1 at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, in what was their penultimate game in Group B.
Alexis Sánchez became Chile’s all-time top-scorer after he struck early in the game to put the Chileans ahead with his 38th international goal, before Lars Stindl fired home just before half-time to level the scores for die Mannschaft.
The South American Champions started well and opened the scoring after just six minutes. After Shkodran Mustafi lost possession deep in his own-half, Sánchez seized onto the loose ball and exchanges passes with Arturo Vidal, who was recklessly scythed down by the Arsenal centre-back, before firing home past Marc-André Ter Stegen at his near-post.
Ten minutes later the Germans had a good chance to level the scores when a fine cross-field pass from Julian Draxler found Joshua Kimmich at the back-post, but his header was tame and straightforward for Johnny Herrera.
Two minutes later Chile very nearly doubled their lead when Eduardo Vargas fired a terrific strike that rattled the bar from-range, which had Ter Stegen well-beaten.
Four minutes before the interval the World Champions drew level when Jonas Hector’s teasing delivery across the face of goal was dispatched by the waiting Stindl, who did well to get ahead of his man.
Chile went close to going in front again on the stroke of half-time when Sánchez cut-inside to fire an effort at-goal that Ter Stegen did well to palm away.
The South American Champions went close in the 62nd minute when Vidal teed up Vargas, who fired an effort with the outside of the foot just wide from-range.
Ten minutes later Germany went close when Stindl fired an effort at-goal from a tight-angle that Herrera saved well, in what was mostly an uneventful second-half.
The result meant that Chile remained on top of Group B but now moved onto four points, ahead of Germany on goal-difference, while Australia remained third on one point, ahead of Cameroon on goal-difference. Both Chile and Germany will progress into the Semi-finals should they each salvage a point in their final Group match.