FIFA Confederations Cup 2017
Stadion Krestovskyi, St. Petersburg, Russia
After the nation’s Under-21’s European success in Poland on Friday, Germany’s Senior squad added to their country’s triumph as they defeated South American Champions Chile 1-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final at the Stadion Krestovskyi in St. Petersburg to win their first ever title in the competition.
Marcelo Díaz’s error was eventually capitalised on by Lars Stindl, who tapped-in for what proved to be the winner for die Mannschaft.
The South American Champions started well and went close to taking the lead in the fourth minute when Charles Aránguiz surged into the area before finding Arturo Vidal, whose effort from a tight-angle was smothered away by the feet of Marc-André Ter Stegen.
Eight minutes later the Chileans went close again when Eduardo Vargas fired an effort at-goal from-range that Ter Stegen saved comfortably after Leon Goretzka lost possession deep in his own-half.
In the 19th minute the South American side had a great chance when Ter Stegen spilled a strike from-range by Vidal into the path of Alexis Sánchez, but the Arsenal winger miscued his effort and the Germans cleared the danger.
Die Mannschaft made the South American Champions rue their missed opportunity a minute later to take the lead against the run of play when Díaz lost possession just outside his own-area to Timo Werner, who squared the ball to Stindl past the onrushing Claudio Bravo and the Borussia Mönchengladbach player tapped home into the unguarded net.
Chile nearly responded three minutes later when Mauricio Isla’s pull-back found Aránguiz, but he just couldn’t make proper contact on his strike and the ball drifted wide.
In the 35th minute the Germans went close to doubling their lead when Sebastian Rudy found Goretzka with a fine pass that the Schalke 04 midfielder fired just wide of the far-post from a tight-angle.
Four minutes later Germany went close again when Werner pulled the ball back to Julian Draxler, who fired an effort just wide of the near-post from outside the area.
The World Champions had another great chance to double their lead a minute before the break when Franco Jara lost possession in his own-half, allowing Draxler to play Goretzka through on-goal but the midfielder, who had just Bravo to beat, was denied by the Manchester City keeper, who smothered the effort behind.
In the 54th minute the Germans went close to doubling their lead when Draxler surged forward before firing an effort that deflected just wide off Jara.
In the 73rd minute the Chileans had a good chance to draw level when Aránguiz found Vargas, whose effort from inside the area produced a comfortable save from Ter Stegen.
A minute later the South American Champions went close when Vidal fired an effort that deflected just over the bar.
Five minutes later Chile went close again when Aránguiz fired an effort from-range that Ter Stegen was forced to palm behind.
In the 83rd minute Chile should have drawn level when substitute Edson Puch did very well to latch onto a Sánchez pass ahead of Ter Stegen and pull the ball back to fellow substitute Ángelo Sagal, but he fired the ball over the bar from close-range.
A minute from time, Chile had one last opportunity to draw level from a freekick after substitute Leonardo Valencia was brought down just outside the area by Matthias Ginter. Sánchez stepped up to curl the freekick over the wall but Ter Stegen brilliantly palmed the effort away.
The result meant that Germany won their first ever Confederations Cup title, while Chile finished the tournament as runners-up in their first ever campaign.