German Chile

Group B looked set for some upsets even though favourites Germany and Chile were front runners….there was still a mathematical chance for Cameroon and Australia to sneak through if they both won by two goals.

Joachim Loew: “The game against Cameroon is no formality. They have nothing to lose.” #ConfedCup

I was totally rooting for the Indomitable Lions to cause the upset but it was the VAR system that became the talk of the match when Siani was incorrectly red carded….

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos slammed the VAR decision to send off Ernest Mabouka in his side’s defeat to Germany.

Besides this the game was filled with goals as Germany showed their class and that they are a force to be reckoned with even with a relatively young sqaud. Timo Werner’s brace gave Germany the advantage over Cameroon, which all but ended the AFCON champions chances of reaching the semi-finals. The Indomitable Lions did however manage to pull a goal back but this was not enough to see them Roar with victory, it was the German Machine who oiled their way into a semi-final spot.

In the other game it looked to be a Chile night for Australia in Moscow, the South Americans only needing a draw to advance. 
Just before half-time a delicate chip by James Troisi gave Australia the lead over Chile this would’ve been a major upset by the Socceroos. 

Australia could not hold onto the lead when Chile took back the drivers seat through a Martin Rodriguez equaliser, even though things did not go according to plan for the South Americans a draw was enough to see them through to the semi-finals.

We have now come to the business end of the tournament…

Portugal v Chile – Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Germany v Mexico – Thursday, 29th June 2017 

Germany coach Joachim Loew says that “Mexico is going to be a tough game, they are a very flexible team with very good players.” #ConfedCup

Both games are going to be exciting….if I were to put my money where my mouth is I’ll go with an underdog final but hey this is the beautiful game after all….anything can happen.

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