Germany coach Joachim Löw predicted the match against Chile would be a tough challenge for his young team. The South American champions belong to the “elite of world football” and are “one of the best tactical teams in the world,” said Löw at the pre-match press conference. And Julian Brandt added: “All of us will have to push ourselves to our limits.”
The experienced Chile team included stars Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal). As usual, the Werkself pro Charles Aránguiz was in the starting line-up.La Roja made the brighter start in front of 38,000 supporters in Kazan. A misplaced pass from Shkodran Mustafi was intercepted by former Leverkusen player Arturo Vidal and he provided the assist for Alexis Sanchez to put Chile 1-0 up on six minutes.
Can sets up equaliser
Germany found it difficult to get into the game and were unable to play their usual passing game with the South American side closing them down and putting in aggressive challenges. Eduardo Vargas almost doubled the lead on 20 minutes but his rifled shot from 22 yards out hit the underside of the bar to the relief of Marc-André ter Stegen.
Germany did shake off the Chileans just before the break with an excellent move. Emre Can picked out Jonas Hector on the wing with a great pass and his cross was converted by Lars Stindl to level the scores at 1-1 on 41 minutes.
The second half did not match the intensity of the first 45 minutes. Neither side created any clear-cut chances. Germany had more of the ball and were able to compete on equal terms for the rest of the game.
Chile and Germany lead the group with four points each. At the same time, Cameroon and Australia are still in with a chance of going through to the semi-finals.
The next matches involving Bayer 04 players in the Confed Cup and the U21 European Championships are on Saturday and Sunday. Mexico play Russia in the Confed Cup at 17.00 CET on Saturday. The U21s have their final group game against Italy at 20.45 CET. Sunday at 17.00 CET is the kick-off time for the Confed Cup games between Germany and Cameroon plus Chile and Australia.
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