The World Champions, Germany have added another silverware in their crown as they lifted the Confederation Cup for the first time in history after they secured a tactical 1-0 win over the Copa America Champions, Chile.
Reportedly, the German team, that featured in the whole competition, is the youngest of the competition comprises only two players of their starting XI including Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector. So, initially, the team was not considered to be the favourites of the tournament. But unexpectedly, against all the odds, Joachim Loew’s boys made it win the cup beating one of the world’s best nations, Chile.
On the other hand, despite controlling the game with sheer dominance, the South American Champions tasted the defeat following a massive defensive error committed by the Celta Vigo midfielder Marcelo Diaz in the 20th minute of the game. A lack of communication can be held responsible for the goal. The defensive midfielder received the ball from the goalkeeper Bravo and tried to turn behind to pass the German sensation Lars Stindl. But a lack of awareness did not let him anticipate another German forward as well as the Golden Boot winner of the tournament, Timo Werner. He collected the ball from his leg and placed the ball into the feet of Lars Stindl beating the goalkeeper. The Borussia Monchengladbach forward could not help but send the ball into the back of the net to score the easiest goal of the tournament. Although this only goal has been the decider of the match, Chile’s pathetic defensive errors later in the game could have let them taste a worse defeat if the German striker were more clinical in finishing.
On the other hand, irrespective of dominating the game, Chile failed to break the deadlock because of the German resistance in their defence. In the end, Germany’s win has let the manager Joachim Loew’s stunning record continue. As of now, the manager has won 102 matches of the total of 152 matches so far in all competitions.
Chile vs Germany Team News:
Chile (4-3-1-2): Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Zara, Jean Beausejour; Charles Aranguiz (81′), Marcelo Diaz (53′), Pablo Hernandez; Arturo Vidal; Eduardo Vargas (81′), Alexis Sanchez.
Chile Subs: Christopher Toselli, Johnny Herrera, Paulo Diaz, Enzo Roco, Eugenio Mena, Felipe Gutierrez, Angelo Sagal (81′), Edson Puch (81′), Jose Fuenzalida, Leonardo Valencia (53′), Martin Rodriguez, Gato Silva.
Germany (3-4-2-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegan; Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Shkodran Mustafi; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka (90′), Sebastian Rudy, Jonas Hector; Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner (79′).
Germany Subs: Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp, Emre Can (79′), Marvin Plattenhardt, Niklas Sule (90′), Benjamin Henrichs, Kerem Demirbay, Amin Younes, Julian Brandt, Sandro Wagner.
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