FIFA Confederations Cup
Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht, Sochi, Russia
World Champions Germany will play Chile in their first ever FIFA Confederations Cup Final after thrashing North and Central American Champions Mexico 4-1 in the Semi-finals of the competition at the Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht in Sochi.
A Leon Goretzka brace and a Timo Werner strike had given die Mannschaft a commanding 3-0 lead before substitute Marco Fabián’s driven strike, following a freekick, gave the Mexicans a slight glimmer of hope. However substitute Amin Younes added a late fourth to seal the victory and send Germany into the Final.
Germany started well and found the opener after just six minutes when Benjamin Henrichs found Goretzka, who curled home first-time from-range.
The Germans added a second goal in quick succession two minutes later, when Werner’s fine pass sent Goretzka through on-goal and the Schalke 04 midfielder fired home across Guillermo Ochoa.
In the 18th minute die Mannschaft had a great chance to make it three when Henrichs played Werner through on-goal, the striker had just Ochoa to beat, but the keeper did well to smother the effort behind.
Mexico had a good chance in the 33rd minute when Javier Hernández played Giovani Dos Santos through on-goal, but his effort from a tight-angle was smothered away by Marc-André Ter Stegen before a teasing Hernández cross was met by an ambitious diving-header from Jonathan Dos Santos, whose effort was tame and straightforward for Ter Stegen.
A minute later the North and Central American Champions went close when Hernández did well to latch onto a pass from Giovani Dos Santos before seeing his lobbed-effort just clear the bar past an on-rushing Ter Stegen, who did well to put him off.
Four minutes later the Mexicans went close again when a Héctor Herrera freekick forced Ter Stegen into a good save with the keeper tipping the effort over the bar.
Five minutes into the restart, Mexico went close when Hernández found Raúl Jiménez, who cut-inside before firing an effort at-goal that Ter Stegen saved well.
Two minutes later the Germans had a great chance to make it three when Werner was played through on-goal, but after a slight nudge from Héctor Moreno, the striker dragged his strike just wide from a tight-angle.
In the 59th minute the Germans made it three when Julian Draxler sent Jonas Hector through on-goal and he squared the ball to Werner, who tapped home into the unguarded net.
Three minutes later Mexico went close to pulling a goal back when a Hernández pass fell kindly to substitute Fabián, whose effort from a tight-angle flew into the side-netting.
In the 69th minute Mexico went close again when Miguel Layún received the ball inside the area to fire an effort at-goal that Ter Stegen was forced to palm behind.
Six minutes later the Mexicans very nearly pulled a goal back when substitute Hirving Lozano’s cross found Jiménez, whose header rattled the bar with Ter Stegen well-beaten.
In the 84th minute substitute Rafael Márquez went close when a Layún corner was met by the former Barcelona centre-back, whose header was instinctively palmed away by Ter Stegen.
Five minutes later the North and Central American Champions reduced the deficit a a Mexico freekick was teed up for Fabián, who fired an unstoppable strike into the top-corner from-range.
However any hope of a comeback was lost when Germany added a fourth goal, two minutes later. Substitute Emre Can found fellow substitute Younes, who fired home across Ochoa.
Mexico didn’t let their heads drop, however, as they went close to a second goal when Lozano found Hernández, whose deflected effort drifted just wide of the far-post.
A minute later Mexico went in search for another consolation goal when a Layún corner was met by Jiménez with a header, but Ter Stegen did well to make the save.
The result meant that Germany booked their place in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final, where they will face Chile, while Mexico will face Portugal in the third-place play-off.