African champions Cameroon crash out of Confederations Cup

Ruben Hill
June 27, 2017

Federation Internationale de Football Association has certainly pulled back from its prediction past year that game-changing decisions - goals scored, penalty kicks awarded, red cards, mistaken identity - could be reviewed and resolved in as few as six seconds.

Kerem Demirbay marked his full global debut with a brilliant goal and Timo Werner hit a brace as the Germans finished top of Group B in a game marred by more Video Assistant Replay (VAR) confusion.

The drama came on a landmark day for Joachim Loew, who was able to celebrate his 100th win as Germany's head coach in his 150th game in charge.

The inexperienced Germans made a nervous, hesitant start in Sochi and after a frustrating first-half of missed half chances and scuffed shots, Werner's game clicked.

Cameroon were reduced to ten men in the 64th minute when, after a video assistant referee review, Ernest Mabouka was sent off for a late challenge on Emre Can.

A superb back-heel from captain Julian Draxler steered the ball into the path of the former Turkey junior global and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

There were flickers of a comeback by Cameroon when Vincent Aboubakar's flicked header slipped through Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's raised hands.

Germany will now go on to face Mexico in the second semifinal on Thursday.

Cameroon was knocked out of the FIFA Confederation Cup in Russian Federation on Sunday after a 3-1 defeat to Germany left them with one point from three matches.

Chile substitute Martin Rodriguez scored his first global goal to salvage a 1-1 Confederations Cup draw with Australia that seals a mouth-watering semi-final tie against Portugal.

Australia had several promising chances to score more goals against La Roja at Spartak Stadium and kill the game off, but couldn't find the back of the net in a very open match.

The central defender blazed over after being teed up by Tim Cahill.

Chile knew going into the game that a draw would be good enough to guarantee a semifinal spot and they could even have progressed with a 1-0 defeat due to their superior goal difference.

An unreal moment was then righted when the mistake was realised and Mabouka got his marching orders.

Claudio Bravo returned for Chile following a calf injury and the Manchester City goalkeeper produced a smart block to deny a lunging Massimo Luongo, although Australia forged ahead on 42 minutes.

Both teams started brightly after the break, but Australia saw their lead cancelled out when Martin Rodriquez equalized for Chile by poking the ball home on 67 minutes.

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