Germany punish profligate Chile

Germany punish profligate Chile

Germany have won the FIFA Confederations Cup for the first time after a 1-0 victory over Chile at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

A crowd of 57,268 watched the South American champions waste chance after glorious chance, leaving Joachim Low’s young side as champions by virtue of Lars Stindl’s 20th-minute strike.

Chile utterly dominated the early exchanges, and could have been several goals ahead but for some wayward finishing, fine goalkeeping and last-ditch defending.

But Germany are masters at punishing teams for such wastefulness and took the lead completely against the run of play after 20 minutes.

The goal was the stuff of nightmares for Marcelo Diaz, who found himself pick-pocketed by the alert and unselfish Timo Werner and could only watch as the striker drew Claudio Bravo from his goal and teed up Stindl for the simplest of tap-ins.

Germany’s youthful side seemed to relax thereafter but found themselves under siege again in the second half, with substitute Angelo Sagal missing the best of the opportunities Chile created.


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