By Akshit Kaushik
Germany vs Mexico : Review
SOCHI, Russia – Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 in Fisht Stadium on Thursday to advance to the final of the Confederations Cup against Chile on Sunday.
Joachim Lowe said ahead of the FIFA Confederations cup that he merely want competition for contention among places in squad on choosing such young guns in the Germany squad ahead of the starlets, well he has his wish fulfilled after the display we saw yesterday from the Die Mannschaft who thumped Mexico 4-1 and the game was nearly over before it started when Leon Goretzka put the Germans 2 goals up against clueless Mexican backline that looked wobbly during the whole span of 90 minutes.
Amid a past history of unilateral fixtures in favour of Germany in past FIFA tournaments where they got the better of Mexico in 1978,1986,1998 world cups and 2005 Confederation Cup the two sides came face to face again here at the Fish Olympic Stadium resplendent and full of fans roaring and cheering. It was the 8th semifinal appearance for German coach Joachim Lowe while his Mexican counterpart has had only 2 defeats under his tenure as the coach of Mexico, Lars Stindl and Jonas Hector returned for the Germans with Reudiger maintaining his place ahead of Shokdran Mustafi and 20 year old Benjamin Henrichs who could have been playing in U-21 Euro’s was given a chance to impress. Mexico’s skipper Guardado sat out due to suspension and Layun who spent most of his career at Porto playing on the left was deployed on the right today, Hernandez who plays for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany was the lone striker upfront supported by rejuvenated Aquino and Jiminez on either sides.
Germany started the first half ruthlessly pouncing on every loose ball the Mexicans played and the reshaped back line of Mexico could not cope with the crisp passing of the Germans and were tentative to put their tackles in which yielded benefits for the World Champions in form of a 2-0 lead though the Mexicans came back 4 times in this tournament from behind but this seemed an uphill task. Leon Goretzka was the player to break havoc on both the occasions leaving Ochoa gasping in his goal. The first strike was beautifully set up by the new boy Henrichs who justified his selection with this assist and the second merely 109 seconds after was assisted by the boy wonder Timo Werner who went on to score the third for Germany in the second half. For the first quarter of the game we saw top drawer Germany and the players had magnificent poise on the ball each brimming with confidence after couple of goals on board, Henrichs displayed yet another specimen of his vision in the 18th minute but Werner was denied by Ochoa. Joshua Kimmich cushioned the defence deep after the 2-0 lead and Germany set back for a period till the half time whistle with Julian Draxler having an ordinary half. Mexico started to look threatening after the first quarter and Herrera and Aquino were the best players for them trying to wriggle a pass in the final third to create a chance and they did get some courtsey Dos Santos and Hernandez who lobbed it wide over the rushing Ter Stegen.
The second half was more lively with both sides creating a string of chances but importantly for the match to be riveting the next goal was to come from the North American nation which was not the case as in 59th minute Jonas Hector found himself freed in the left side and provided an incisive pass to Timo Wener to kill the game but the Mexicans didn’t gave up till the last minute and forced to drive and test Ter Stegen on multiple times and finally were rewarded by a stunning 35 yard rocket freekick from Fabian. Ajax’s Amin Younes found the forth for Germany in the injury time to seal the case and now they will vie with Chile on 2nd July for the trophy.