Grayson targets top flight return
Germany eased into the Confederations Cup final following a comfortable 4-1 victory over Mexico in Sochi.
Joachim Low’s youthful side overpowered Mexico as Leon Goretzka’s early brace and second-half strikes from Timo Werner and Amin Younes sealed a place in Sunday’s final with Chile in St Petersburg.
Marco Fabian scored a fantastic late consolation goal for Mexico to briefly make it 3-1, but the world champions were too good.
Germany started the match on the front foot and needed only six minutes to take the lead after they counter-attacked to devastating effect.
A loose header from Hector Moreno was picked up by Go- retzka, who instantly found the over-lapping full-back Benjamin Henrichs on the right wing.
He returned the ball to the on-rushing Schalke midfielder to sweep into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Germany did not waste any time in doubling their advantage, with the 22-year-old striking again two minutes later when he latched on to a Werner through-ball before sliding a composed finish past Guillermo Ochoa and into the far corner.
Germany moved further ahead in the 59th minute.
A flowing move from right to left resulted in Goretzka laying off the ball to Draxler, who threaded a pass to Jonas Hector and his cutback to Werner left the Leipzig man with a tap in for his third goal of the tournament.
Ter Stegen was finally beaten when Fabian fired in a wonder strike from 30 yards to reduce the deficit with one minute remaining, but Younes popped up with Germany’s fourth goal with a neat finish in added time.
GERMANY: Ter Stegen, Henrichs, Kimmich, Ginter, Rudiger, Hector, Rudy, Goretzka (Can 67), Stindl (Brandt 78), Draxler (Younes 81), Werner.
MEXICO: Ochoa, Araujo, Alanis, Moreno, Layun, Giovani dos Santos (Fabian 62), Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos (Marquez 67), Aquino (Lozano 46), Jimenez, Javier Hernandez.
Nestor Pitana (Argentina). Simon Grayson has vowed to return Sunderland to where they should be after being appointed as the club’s new manager.
The 47-year-old has signed a three-year contract after the relegated Black Cats were given permission to speak to him yesterday and will meet his players for the first time today before flying off to Austria with them for a preseason training camp.
A club statement said: “Sunderland AFC is delighted to welcome Simon Grayson as the club’s new manager. Grayson moves to Wearside after putting pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Black Cats.
“A seasoned manager who has taken charge of over 600 games, Grayson has vast experience of building and improving teams he takes charge of. He arrives at the Stadium of Light after four years at Preston North End, where he took the club from the lower reaches of League One into the Championship.”
Grayson’s appointment will be watched with interest in Ireland, with Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Eoin Doyle, Greg Cunningham, and Andy Boyle all plying their trade there, while Cork City striker Seanie Maguire joins the club next month, with City teammate Kevin O’connor tipped to join him.
More than five weeks after David Moyes’ departure, Sunderland turned to Grayson in something of a whirlwind after revealing that takeover talks with a series of interested parties had ended with no sale agreed, leaving current owner Ellis Short still at the helm.
The new manager said: “I am delighted to come to Sunderland, a club with such wonderful history and tradition.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to manage this club and I want to bring the good times back.
“Sunderland is so fortunate to have such tremendous support and I want to give these fans a team they can be proud of.
“The Championship is a demanding league, but with all the attributes I have highlighted, then our aim has to be to get the club back to where it belongs as quickly as possible and I can’t wait to get started.”
The squad Grayson has inherited from Moyes returned for pre-season training on yesterday and will travel to Austria tomorrow, and the manager’s appointment could hardly be more timely.
Striker Jermain Defoe followed Jordan Pickford out of the exit yesterday when he completed his move to Bournemouth while Fabio Borini is closing to sealing his switch to AC Milan.
Re-shaping the squad will be Grayson’s first focus, although the impending departures of chief football officer Simon Wilson and chief scout Mick Doherty set to leave in an overhaul of the club’s recruitment set-up may not help in the short term.
Mexico’s forward Hirving Lozano falls after challenging Germany’s Lars Stindl and Benjamin Henrichs during the Confederations Cup semi-final at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.