Thursday, 22 June 2017

Confed Cup: Sanchez Nets Landmark Goal As Chile Held Germany, Cameroon & Australia Also Play Draw

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez became Chile's record goalscorer as they drew with Germany. Australia also drew Cameroon at the Confederations Cup.
 Germany 1 - 1 Chile 

Confederations Cup Group B favorites Germany and Chile drew 1-1 in Kazan on a night when Alexis Sanchez became Chile’s all-time top scorer.

Sanchez opened the scoring for Chile on six minutes when he slotted past Germany keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after being played in by Arturo Vidal.

It was the Arsenal winger’s 38th goal for Chile and made him the country’s outright top scorer. It was also a landmark 400th strike at FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments.

Joachim Low’s team struggled to make an impact on the game, but nonetheless found themselves level at the break when they broke out of their half and a fine team move was finished when a Jonas Hector cross was turned in by Lars Stindl for his second goal of the tournament.

At 28, Stindl was the only member of the German starting 11 to be born in the 1980s.

Indeed, much had been made before the game of this being a match-up between youth and experience.

Low’s squad is the youngest at the tournament, while Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi has brought the oldest square ever assembled for a Tournament of Champions.

Although there was little late drama as Germany, who did not make any substitutions, extended their unbeaten streak to 12 matches as the game ended in a draw.
Both teams will still be favorites to progress from the group following their opening game wins, but must ensure they do not slip up as Germany face Cameroon in Sochi and Chile meet Australia in Moscow in their last Group B games on Sunday.

 Cameroon 1 - 1 Australia
Cameroon 1-1 Australia: Honors even in Group B match in St. Petersburg

African champions Cameroon and Asian Cup winners Australia drew 1-1 in the other Group B match in St. Petersburg – a result that leaves both sides' chances of reaching the knockout stages hanging by a thread.

At the end of a first half that was entertaining but largely lacking in clear-cut chances, Cameroon struck in added time when midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa latched on to a long ball over the top and lifted the ball over stranded Aussie keeper Maty Ryan.

That gave the Indomitable Lions a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

Australia started much more brightly in the second half, and got the equaliser their improvement merited when captain Mark Milligan scored from the spot after the VAR (Video Assistance Referee) confirmed that 20-year-old defender Alex Gersbach had been brought down in the box.

Both sides wasted good chances to win the game late on, with the final result ultimately helping neither side in the quest for qualification from the group.

The Socceroos and Indomitable Lions can both still mathematically reach the knockout stages, they face an uphill struggle as they move on to face Chile and Germany respectively in their final group games on Sunday.   

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