Germany reaches Confederations Cup semis amid more replay confusion

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time top-scorer with his 38th global goal in Thursday's 1-1 draw with Germany at the Confederations Cup.

Germany eased into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Cameroon on Sunday as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to send off the correct player.

Kruse accepts Australia face a tough challenge against their Group B rivals and will need every player to produce their best in Moscow.

World champion Germany reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over a Cameroon side reduced to ten men after further confusion with experimental video replays.

It meant the Germans finished top of Group B ahead of Chile.

Australia is eliminated but gave the rattled Chile team a shock with aggressive first half play that saw the Australians collect four yellow cards.

Australia, meanwhile, are out and finish third in the group as their winless Confederations Cup run extends to six matches despite a creditable performance against the world's fourth-ranked side.

But their hopes of a comeback were effectively extinguished when Mabouka was eventually dismissed for a unsafe challenge on Can, referee Wilmar Roldan first booking Siani and then producing a red card for the midfielder before reviewing the footage a second time on the protests of Cameroon players. When you see how fast they play, what pace they have in their players in attack, this mixture is not seen often. "It's good to see how we were able to. up the ante".

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, playing for the first time in two months due to a calf injury, showed no signs of rust, showing quick reactions to block Massimo Luongo's 36th-minute effort at the near post.

"I won't use the same team we had against Chile, those who play will have earned their chances", he explained.

Cahill tested Bravo after the break, and Ryan denied Sanchez at the other end soon after.

Following a tepid first half Germany opened the scoring with a moment of magic shortly after the interval, Demirbay completing a finely crafted one-two with Julian Draxler by blasting home.

Vargas headed fractionally wide after Sanchez had escaped down the left and picked out his striking partner, while Jamie MacLaren miscued badly in front of Bravo after a brilliant delivery from Troisi before the contest gradually petered out.

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