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Joachim Low’s young German brigade wins the Confederations Cup for the first time

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Lars Stindl struck the only goal of the match as Germany beat Chile 1-0 to win the Confederations Cup.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Stindl tapped home against the run of play after a defensive blunder midway through the first half as world champions Germany added another major trophy to their collection.

Copa America winners Chile squandered a lot of goalscoring chances in either half and with the help of a superb stoppage-time save from goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Joachim Low’s side held on to win the tournament for the first time.
After the two sides drew their group game 1-1 just 10 days ago, Chile made the brighter start in the rematch and was clearly the better side throughout most of the first period.

A rampant Chile dominated the opening exchanges, with Antonio Rudiger required to deny Charles Aranguiz inside the area in the fifth minute and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen keeping out Arturo Vidal’s follow-up effort.

Eduardo Vargas and Mauricio Isla both had Ter Stegen and the Germany defence worried in the subsequent 15 minutes, while Alexis Sanchez narrowly failed to put away the rebound when the Barcelona goalkeeper could only parry a firm Vidal strike.
Moments later Germany snatched a 20th-minute lead with their first meaningful effort on goal.

Chile defender Marcelo Diaz gifted Timo Werner the ball on the edge of the box and the Germany striker ran on and turned the ball across goal for Stindl to tap into an empty net.

To their credit, Chile were undeterred by going behind and immediately resumed pressing Germany in advanced areas and at a furious tempo, albeit without creating clear scoring opportunities.

Germany finished the half strongly, with Leon Goretzka lashing an angled shot wide following Sebastian Rudy’s brilliant through-ball before Julian Draxler steered a low effort inches left of goal after being set up by Werner.

The frenetic pace of the opening half gave way to a cagey affair after the break, and it took until the 55th minute for a good chance to arrive, Isla’s block preventing Draxler from getting a shot on target after the Paris Saint-Germain star drove powerfully into the area.

The Serbian referee Milorad Mazic booked Bayern Munich teammates Joshua Kimmich and Vidal following a fracas as the game turned feisty.

Mazic called on the video assistant referee just after the hour mark when Jara appeared to strike Werner in the jaw with his elbow as he challenged for the ball. But the VAR review courted more controversy when Mazic opted to show the fortunate Chile defender a yellow card.

Having narrowly avoided going down to 10 men, Chile began to apply sustained pressure and missed a glorious chance to equalise in the 85th minute. Edson Puch snuck in to steal the ball from in front of Ter Stegen and cut it back to fellow substitute Anyelo Sagal, who blazed wildly over the bar.

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.

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