Low: Ger­many can win Con­fed Cup

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SOCHI // Joachim Low hailed Ger­many’s “bril­liant” 4-1 win over Mex­ico in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup semi-fi­nal and said his youth­ful squad are ambitious enough to beat Chile in to­mor­row’s fi­nal.

Low opted not to bring the ma­jor­ity of his World Cup win­ners to the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, but Ger­many’s young guns booked their place in the fi­nal in St Petersburg af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing open­ing spell in Sochi.

At­tack­ing mid­fielder Leon Goret­zka, 22, hit two goals in the first eight min­utes to stun Mex­ico.

Timo Werner, 21, made it 3-0 mid­way through the sec­ond half, then Marco Fabian scored Mex­ico’s late stun­ning con­so­la­tion with a thun­der­bolt free­kick be­fore Ger­many’s sub­sti­tute Amin Younes, 23, net­ted Ger­many’s fourth.

“From the be­gin­ning, we did ex­actly what we set out to do – we were very dom­i­nant and bril­liant in the open­ing stages,” the Ger­many man­ager Low said.

“They pushed us back a bit in the sec­ond phase of the first half, which was to be ex­pected, and we gave up a lot of ball. All in all, 4-1 is a great re­sult.

“We wanted to go far, but this is noth­ing that we could have ex­pected at the start of the tour­na­ment.”

Af­ter Ger­many drew 1-1 with Chile in the group stages last Thurs­day, Low said his team is hun­gry enough to beat the Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons in the fi­nal.

“Chile is the most pow­er­ful op­po­nent in this tour­na­ment, we know them pretty well and we ex­pect them to go for it in the fi­nal,” he said. “They will be try­ing flat out to pull it off, as they are com­ing to the end of their sea­son, and we will have to try and counter that.

“A lot of work has gone into our wins. We couldn’t pre-empt this [reach­ing the fi­nal] as some play­ers had lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence and you couldn’t cal­cu­late how they’d re­act. “We’ve be­come a team over the last few weeks. There’s fun in the dress­ing room, but they aren’t over the top. “They know there is work ahead and they are ambitious enough to beat Chile.”

Alexan­der Hassen­stein / Getty Im­ages

Ger­many man­ager Joachim Low, hands on hips, is wary of Chile ahead of the fi­nal.

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