Stindl tap-in wins Germany Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup

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Lars Stindl’s sim­ple tap-in, fol­low­ing a costly first-half blun­der by Marcelo Diaz, was enough to give Germany a 1-0 win over Chile in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup fi­nal yesterday.

Diaz’s mo­men­tary lapse in con­cen­tra­tion let Timo Werner rob him of pos­ses­sion, draw the goal­keeper and pass to Stindl, who scored into an empty net on 20 min­utes in Saint Petersburg.

This is the first time Germany, the de­fend­ing world cham­pi­ons, have won the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup in the eighth edi­tion of the pre-World Cup tour­na­ment.

The video as­sis­tant ref­eree (VAR) again came into the spot­light as Chile’s Gon­zalo Jara was lucky not to be sent off in the sec­ond half. De­spite his el­bow in the face of Werner mid­way through the sec­ond half be­ing re­viewed by the VAR, the de­fender was only booked.

Werner, Stindl and Leon Goret­zka all fin­ished with three goals but RB Leipzig striker Werner took the top scorer’s prize by virtue of also sup­ply­ing two as­sists.

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing for long spells, Chile failed to turn 61 per­cent pos­ses­sion and 20 shots-com­pared to the Ger­mans’ eight-into goals.

The South Amer­i­cans kept the same team which squeezed past Por­tu­gal 3-0 on a penalty shoot out af­ter a goal­less draw in the semi-fi­nals.

Mean­while, Germany’s only change from the team which beat Mex­ico 4-1 in the last four saw de­fender Shko­dran Mustafi re­place Ben­jamin Hen­richs.

Chilean fans turned the Saint Petersburg Stadium into a sea of red and mer­ci­less press­ing by La Roja early on saw Charles Aran­guiz and Ar­turo Vi­dal cause havoc in the Germany de­fence.

Ed­uardo Var­gas had the first clear shot on 11 min­utes which flew into the grate­ful arms of Germany goal­keeper Marc-An­dre ter Ste­gen.

The South Amer­i­cans then wasted a golden chance when Vi­dal’s shot was blocked by Ter Ste­gen and Alexis Sanchez could not con­nect with the loose ball.

It proved costly as Diaz’s calami­tous mis­take and Werner’s quick think­ing led to Stindl’s match-winner.

Diaz dithered on the ball on the edge of his own box, al­low­ing Werner to pounce. He then drew lung­ing Chile goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo and squared to Stindl, who tapped home. Hav­ing fallen be­hind, Chile upped the pres­sure to force an equaliser which left space at the back for Germany to counter-at­tack.

Julian Draxler fired wide of the post, then Goret­zka, who scored twice in the 4-1 semi-fi­nal win over Mex­ico, wasted a great chance by fir­ing straight at Bravo just be­fore the break.

Chilean tem­pers started to fray, and ap­proach­ing the hour mark Joshua Kim­mich squared up to Vi­dal, who pushed the Ger­man away. The Bay­ern Mu­nich team­mates were both booked.

Then Werner was left clutch­ing his jaw af­ter an el­bow in the face from Jara near the touch­line, the Ser­bian ref­eree de­cid­ing to award a yel­low card to the de­fender af­ter re­view­ing the in­ci­dent.

The South Amer­i­cans bat­tered the Ger­man goal in the fi­nal 20 min­utes but Sanchez’s shot was blocked and Ter Ste­gen then saved from Ed­uardo Var­gas.

With time run­ning out, both Vi­dal and sub­sti­tute An­gelo Sa­gal fired over the bar, but the Ger­man de­fence held firm. — AFP

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