It was a momentous moment for Germany as they pipped Chile to win the Confederation Cup here at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia amid 58 thousand spectators. It’s now Euro U21 and this coveted trophy in the space of 3 days for the Germans. The determined Germans shrugged of the challenge from the fervent Chile who had a game of two proportions contrastingly different from each other, one moment it was the nice slick play to attack the German goal finishing apart and the other was a horror decision making at the back to shoot their own leg at times. Germans were seamless in finishing their chances while the South American nation spurned their chances.
Chile made a scintillating start producing string of chances in opening 5 minutes but Ter Stegen was up to the task and denied Chile any easy leverage early in the match. Alexis Sanchez came real close off an Arturo Vidal defected back strike but somehow missed to put the ball in goal courtesy some excellent pressure by Antonio Rudiger and moments later Germany scored after a howler from Mariano Diaz who got the ball caught under his feet in his own box and gave it away to Timo Werner, who squared to Lars Stindl to finish a tap-in from six yards. Germany was an improved outfit after the goal and tested Claudio Bravo multiple times before the conclusion of the first half.
The second half started on a fiercer note as club mates Joshua Kimmich and Vidal got into a scuffle and no one understood the construe of that from both the Bayern Munich recruits. Later Gonzalo Jara seems to intentionally elbow Timo Werner near the sideline and received a yellow for his act. Then the game went into obtuse mode for 15-20 minutes only to be followed by a surge from Chile which pushed it into delirium at final stages.
Eduardo Vargas had a chance in the 74th minute off a gorgeous turn and shot from 12 yards, but ter Stegen was in position to make a save, Edson Puch set up fellow Chile substitute Angelo Sagal for another gilt-edged chance in the 85th minute, but the latter blazed over from eight yards. Ter Stegen denied Chile again in time added on, diving low to his left to keep out Sanchez’s free-kick from just outside the area to ensure victory for Low’s experimental squad.
The competition paved a way for the German young guns to rise through the ranks and also gave Lowe a more flexible squad to fulfil his endeavours, moreover this was a testing ground for Russia to evaluate their preparations for the upcoming World Cup as a host nation. This Confederations Cup might never be defended, with the eighth edition likely to be the last. The competition – featuring the regional champions, World Cup holders and next World Cup hosts – failed to spark much interest outside competing countries. Germany has now achieved every major accolade there are any in recognition as the only triumph they were lacking was this Confederation Cup trophy.