ST. PETERSBURG, Russia >> Germany’s experimental younger aspect overcame street-wise Chile to win a bruising Confederations Cup ultimate 1-Zero on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew’s determination to depart most of his world champions at residence.
The one objective got here within the 20th minute from the 28-year-old Lars Stindl, who tapped into an empty web after a defensive blunder. Whereas the midfielder was the oldest participant in a beginning lineup with a median age underneath 25, he solely made his worldwide debut lower than a month in the past.
“This was a magic match for us, for our younger gamers who don’t have this worldwide expertise,” Loew mentioned. “The way in which we had been so single minded on this victory, it was very spectacular.”
Stindl’s third objective of the World Cup warm-up event got here fully towards the run of play in a first-half dominated by Chile. However the extra skilled south American champions, whose lineup had a median age over 30, might discover no well beyond a aspect that’s efficient on the counterattack.
Chile’s frustrations had been clear within the second half when Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal squared as much as Bayern Munich teammate Joshua Kimmich, who was additionally shoved by Gary Medel.
“Our staff at this time needed to battle again quite a bit,” Loew mentioned, “as a result of the Chileans are very strong gamers, particularly in one-on-ones.”
Gonzalo Jara elbowed Germany ahead Timo Werner within the face however escaped with a yellow card regardless of the incident being reviewed by the referee on a pitch-side monitor. It was the newest second of confusion throughout trials of the video replay system by FIFA, which is decided to retain the expertise on the World Cup subsequent yr in Russia regardless of main teething issues.
The eighth — and possibly final — Confederations Cup proved a helpful testing floor for Germany, with Loew in a position to check the capabilities of the expertise at his disposal.
Victory in St. Petersburg got here two days after Germany beat Spain within the U-21 European Championship ultimate, signaling a shiny future for a rustic which is able to return to Russia in a yr to defend the World Cup received in Brazil in 2014.
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Going through defeat on the finish of the 90 minutes, Portugal despatched the sport into additional time with Pepe’s volley. Adrien Silva received it with a 104th-minute penalty following Miguel Layun’s handball.