FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht, Sochi, Russia
63′ Mabouka Sent off
Germany will play Mexico in the Semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup after they finished on top of Group B, following a 3-1 victory over ten-men Cameroon at the Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht in Sochi, in what was manager Joachim Löw’s 100th victory for die Mannschaft in his 150th match in charge.
Kerem Demirbay’s first goal for the Senior squad put the Germans ahead shortly after the interval, before Ernest Mabouka was sent off for the African Champions. Timo Werner then doubled the World Champions’ lead before scoring his second of the game after Vincent Aboubakar had briefly reduced the deficit for the Cameroonians.
Despite Cameroon starting the match more brightly, it was the World Champions who had the first sight of goal and they went close in the 20th minute when Liverpool’s Emre Can fired an effort just wide from-range.
Three minutes later Germany should have taken the lead when Marvin Plattenhardt’s teasing delivery found Joshua Kimmich, who looked set to score, but he somehow headed wide from close-range.
In the 41st minute die Mannschaft had another good chance when a teasing delivery from Plattenhardt found Werner, but his first-time effort on-goal was saved well by Fabrice Ondoa, although the striker was already in an offside position.
A minute from the interval, the African Champions went close to opening the scoring when Ernest Mabouka’s teasing delivery found André-Frank Zambo Anguissa at the back-post, but his volley from a tight-angle was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Marc-André Ter Stegen.
Germany started the second-half well and took the lead three minutes into the restart. Demirbay exchanged passes with Julian Draxler before firing an unstoppable effort into the top-corner from the edge of the area.
Four minutes later the Germans had a good chance to double their lead when Werner was played through on-goal, but he fired the ball wide from a tight-angle.
A minute later the World Champions went close again when Kimmich was denied by Ondoa with a fine reaction-save after Werner’s initial effort was smothered by the keeper.
Six minutes later Cameroon went close when Aboubakar received the ball on the edge of the area before cutting-inside to fire an effort just wide.
In the 63rd minute, the already-trailing African Champions were reduced to ten men after Mabouka eventually saw red for a high challenge on Can. The referee initially sent off Sébastien Siani after a case of mistaken identity despite using the VAR system before subsequently coming to the correct decision.
Germany took advantage of the extra player and doubled their lead three minutes later when a fine cross from Kimmich found Werner, who did well to adjust himself and head a bouncing-ball home with a diving-header.
In the 78th minute the ten-men of Cameroon pulled a goal back when Aboubakar did well to meet a teasing delivery from substitute Moumi Ngamaleu with a header ahead of Ter Stegen, who let the ball squeeze through.
Two minutes later Germany went close to a third when substitute Amin Younes teed up fellow substitute Julian Brandt, but his effort at-goal was saved well by Ondoa.
A minute later the Germans extended their lead when substitute Benjamin Henrichs pulled the ball back to Werner, who swept home past Ondoa.
Three minutes later the World Champions went close to a fourth when Can played Werner through on-goal but Ondoa made a terrific save to smother the ball away.
In the 88th minute Germany went close again when Brandt found Younes, whose curling effort at-goal produced a fine save from Ondoa, who did well to palm the ball away. A minute later Younes had another good opportunity when he was denied by a fine smothering-save from Ondoa after beating two Cameroon players.
The result meant that Germany finished first in Group B on seven points, two points ahead of second-placed Chile and will face Mexico in the Semi-finals, while Cameroon finish fourth on one point and were eliminated from the tournament alongside Australia, who finish above the African Champions on two points. Chile will face Portugal in the other Semi-final.