Confederations Cup - Final
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Germany win first Confederations Cup title

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Germany's Lars Stindl celebrates scoring against Chile in the 2017 Confederations Cup final
Germany have won the World Cup, Confederations Cup and the European Under-21 Championship in the last three years

World champions Germany secured a first Confederations Cup title after victory against Copa America winners Chile in Sunday's final in St Petersburg.

Lars Stindl hit the first-half winner following a mistake by Marcelo Diaz.

Chile's Arturo Vidal and Angelo Sagal both blazed over the bar in the closing stages.

Germany's Timo Werner was elbowed by Gonzalo Jara, who escaped with a yellow card despite the use of the video assistant referee (VAR).

Earlier, Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in the third-place play-off in Moscow.

Luis Neto bundled into his own net to hand Mexico the lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stoppage-time equaliser to force an extra 30 minutes at Spartak Stadium.

Reaction from the 2017 Confederations Cup final

Germany's future brighter than ever

Having seen their team win the European Under-21 Championship in Poland on Friday, Germany's fans can celebrate another impressive tournament victory 12 months before they launch the defence of their world title.

Their success in Russia has been achieved without a number of players who helped beat Argentina in Rio three years ago to be crowned world champions.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, midfielders Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos, and forward Thomas Muller have been rested before next summer's World Cup.

That has allowed a new generation to come to the fore.

Midfielder Leon Goretzka, 22, has excelled while 21-year-old forward Werner has also shown he has a bright international future ahead of him.

Germany celebrate beating Chile to win the 2017 Confederations Cup
Germany's previous best performance at a Confederations Cup was a third-placed finish

It was Werner who seized on a moment of madness by Diaz to create the goal. The Chilean gave away possession on the edge of his own penalty area, allowing the RB Leipzig forward to square the ball for Stindl to tap home.

Germany should have doubled their lead before the break after another error. Jara's lapse in concentration let in Goretzka but Claudio Bravo did well to spread his frame and block.

VAR is questioned... again

Fifa's decision to trial the VAR system has led to a series of debatable moments throughout the tournament and the final provided one more.

Referee Milorad Mazic used a video replay to watch Jara's challenge on Werner, and decided the elbow across the face from the Chilean was worthy of a yellow card and not a red.

The process took around four minutes, and while the technology was used properly, it shows that referee's decisions are still open to interpretation and conjecture.

In the group stages, six "game-changing decisions" were made using VAR, along with another 29 "major incidents" - according to Fifa's head referee Massimo Busacca. That is 35 decisions in 12 games.

Chile's players surround the referee during the 2017 Confederations Cup final with Germany
Referee Milorad Mazic booked seven players

There was controversy in Chile's semi-final win, when Portugal defender Jose Fonte appeared to foul Francisco Silva in the box, but the referee did not award a penalty - or ask to see the incident again.

In the group game between Germany and Cameroon, the referee sent off the wrong player after watching a replay, before correcting the mistake following a second viewing.

And in Mexico's group game against New Zealand, there was a long delay late in the game as the referee watched back a melee between players. He initially booked one player, before stopping the game again and booking two more.

Chile's thoughts turn to World Cup qualification

Chile had 22 shots during a high-quality final yet failed to find the net and must now turn their thoughts to ensuring they return to Russia next summer.

Despite back-to-back Copa America successes, they are by no means assured of a place at the World Cup.

They sit fourth in their qualifying group and have work to do in the last four games to ensure they do not miss out.

Chile will have to cut out mistakes at the back and improve their poor finishing.

Before thrusting his elbow into Werner's face, Jara gave the ball away carelessly in another incident, but Bravo saved his embarrassment by preventing Goretzka from making it 2-0.

Boss Juan Antonio Pizzi will be just as concerned at the terrible close-range misses by Vidal and substitute Sagal when Chile threatened an equaliser in the closing stages.

'Even more special'

Germany captain Julian Draxler: "We fought well and deserved this win. We hadn't played together before the tournament, which makes it even more valuable.

"Every title is special, but with this young team, it's even more so. Now we can all go on holiday - and even take the trophy with us."

Chile captain Claudio Bravo: "There was not much difference between the two teams.

"We are sad not to have won, but we played against a world-class team and must learn from our mistakes."

Line-ups

Chile

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1BravoBooked at 90mins
  • 4Isla
  • 17Medel
  • 18JaraBooked at 65mins
  • 15Beausejour
  • 20AránguizSubstituted forSagalat 81'minutes
  • 21DíazSubstituted forValenciaat 53'minutes
  • 10Hernández
  • 11VargasBooked at 75minsSubstituted forPuchat 81'minutes
  • 8VidalBooked at 59mins
  • 7Sánchez

Substitutes

  • 2Mena
  • 3Roco
  • 5Silva
  • 6Fuenzalida
  • 9Sagal
  • 12Toselli
  • 13Díaz
  • 14Gutiérrez
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 19Valencia
  • 22Puch
  • 23Herrera

Germany

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 22ter Stegen
  • 4Ginter
  • 2Mustafi
  • 16Rüdiger
  • 18KimmichBooked at 59mins
  • 8GoretzkaSubstituted forSüleat 90+2'minutes
  • 21RudyBooked at 90mins
  • 3Hector
  • 13Stindl
  • 7Draxler
  • 11WernerSubstituted forCanat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Trapp
  • 5Plattenhardt
  • 6Henrichs
  • 9Wagner
  • 10Demirbay
  • 12Leno
  • 14Can
  • 15Younes
  • 17Süle
  • 20Brandt
Referee:
Milorad Mazic
Attendance:
57,268

Match Stats

Home TeamChileAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chile 0, Germany 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chile 0, Germany 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ángelo Sagal (Chile) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mauricio Isla with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Chile) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Leonardo Valencia (Chile) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matthias Ginter (Germany).

  7. Post update

    Gary Medel (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lars Stindl (Germany).

  9. Booking

    Sebastian Rudy (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Arturo Vidal (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Rudy (Germany).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Niklas Süle replaces Leon Goretzka.

  13. Booking

    Claudio Bravo (Chile) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Booking

    Emre Can (Germany) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Alexis Sánchez (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Emre Can (Germany).

  17. Post update

    Edson Puch (Chile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Leon Goretzka (Germany).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Julian Draxler (Germany) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich.

  20. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Chile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 2nd July 2017

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal32107257
2Mexico32106427
3Russia31023303
4New Zealand300318-70

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32107437
2Chile31204225
3Australia302145-12
4Cameroon301226-41
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