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Confederations Cup: Germany, Chile advance to semi-final

26 Juin 2017

African champion, Cameroon, failed to make the cut to the semi final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation as the Vincent Aboubakar led Indomitable Lions lost their last Group B game 3-1 to Germany at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi yesterday.

Germany's Timo Werner (right) in Confederations Cup action with Cameroon's Ernest Mabouka in Sochi June 25, 2017.

Germany's Joachim Loew said he is looking forward to facing Mexico on Thursday in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after the world champions pipped Chile to top spot in Group B.

Chile had to opt for second place in their Confederations Cup group after being held to a draw by Australia.

Federation Internationale de Football Association officials will have been alarmed when Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan initially sent the wrong player off, Sebastien Siani, on the advice of the video assistant referee before the decision was quickly corrected.

After the lengthy stoppage involving the red card incident, Germany made their numerical advantage count nearly immediately as Werner also got his first Germany goal with an excellent header from Kimmich's fine cross to the back post.

Vincent Aboubakar's header for Cameroon when 2-0 down had briefly given the African side hope in Sochi, but Germany could have won by a greater margin and Lo w becomes his country's first coach to reach the 100-win landmark.

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When Martin Rodriguez found an equaliser in the 67 minute, Australia responded with heart and pressed for a victor.

But the world champions broke the deadlock when Draxler exchanged passes with Demirbay, who blasted past Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa from distance on 48 minutes.

The outcome means Chile finish on 5 points, with Germany on 7 after defeating Cameroon 3-1.

Troisi dinked the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to give Australia the lead after Chile lost possession in midfield. Australia is third, with two points, and is out of further battle for the trophy.

Alexis Sanchez wanted a penalty when he fell under a challenge from Mark Milligan but the VAR system showed it was an excellent tackle from the Australian defender.

Australia's Robbie Kruse had another chance after halftime when he got clear of his marker but failed to make contact with the ball.

Vargas reacted quickest to obtain the knock down to half-time sub Martin Rodriguez, who scored his first worldwide goal with a sharp surface that soothed Chilean nerves.