Germany's Low pleased after Chile draw: 'We lived up to expectations'

by Olga Hunt June 25, 2017, 1:51
Germany's Low pleased after Chile draw: 'We lived up to expectations'

They also kicked each other quite a bit to stifle attacking rhythm - Germany finished the match with 14 fouls, and Chile with 19.

Both Germany and Chile have won their opening games in Federation Internationale de Football Association confederations cup 2017 against Australia and Cameroon respectively.

Loew has left several key players, including Manuel Neuer Thomas Mueller and Mats Hummels at home to give them a longer summer break as he looks ahead to their World Cup title defence next year and he is eager to give younger players tournament 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. Both of these teams are top teams, the German national team are world champions, and even though Joachim Loew brought the second squad to Russian Federation, this team is still very competitive and capable of achieving high goals.

Germany is ranked (by FIFA), as the third strongest team on earth, while Chile are in fourth place overall.

"I am very satisfied with my boys", he said.

Mustafi was lucky to escape a red card for his sickening one-footed lunge at Vidal after he had placed Sanchez in on goal in a passage of play the defender will want to forget.

He sent his pass straight to Sanchez who played a one-two with Vidal and toe-poked the ball in off the post.

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"We can not allow so many mistakes against Chile and we need to be more efficient up front", said Bayern Munich's Kimmich, Germany's first-choice right-back at 22.

Chile's Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Chile, at the Kazan Arena, Russia, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Joachim Low's World champions beat Australia 3-2 in Sochi to get their first Confederations Cup campaign since 2005 off to the ideal start.

Germany, who were criticised before the tournament for sending a weakened team to Russian Federation, equalised four minutes beofre the break thanks to Lars Stindl.

Thirteen minutes after the goal, Chile's Eduardo Vargas latched on to a pass on the edge of the box, and unleashed a brilliant shot towards the goal, but it crashed against the crossbar.

Sanchez came close to scoring his second a few minutes later with a low left-foot shot that required a hard save by Ter Stegen.

Chile was still without regular starting goalkeeper Claudio Bravo because of a calf injury.

Germany play Cameroon tomorrow in Sochi while Chile face the Socceroos in Moscow.


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