Saturday 18 November 2017

Germany hold on to claim Cup honours

Chile 0 Germany 1

Germany celebrate with the trophy after winning the FIFA Confederations Cup. Photo: Grigory Dukor/Reuters
Germany celebrate with the trophy after winning the FIFA Confederations Cup. Photo: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Nigel Whittaker

Lars Stindl struck the only goal as world champions Germany beat Chile in St Petersburg to win the Confederations Cup.

The Borussia Monchengladbach striker scored a tap-in against the run of play after a catastrophic defensive blunder in the Chile rearguard midway through the first half.

Copa America winners Chile wasted a glut of goalscoring chances in either half and, with the help of a superb stoppage-time save from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Joachim Low's side held on to win the tournament for the first time.

Better Chile made the brighter start and were clearly the better side throughout most of the first period.

Alexis Sanchez flashed a shot wide in the second minute, Arturo Vidal's effort from inside the penalty area was parried by Ter Stegen and Eduardo Vargas fired a shot over from 25 yards.

Ter Stegen then spilled Vidal's shot from outside the area into the path of Sanchez, but the Arsenal forward couldn't control the rebound and another chance went begging.

Moments later Germany snatched a 20th-minute lead with their first meaningful effort on goal. Chile defender Marcelo Diaz gifted Timo Werner the ball on the edge of the box and he squared to give Stindl the simplest of finishes.

The South Americans surged forward after the break in search of an equaliser and Ter Stegen denied them again in time added on, diving low to his left to keep out Sanchez's free-kick to ensure victory for Low's experimental squad.

Irish Independent

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