Young Germany claims Confederations Cup

Published Sunday, July 2, 2017 6:39 PM by Shane Barrow

Germany claimed the glory on Sunday in St Petersburg, Russia knocking off Chile 1-0 to win the 2017 Confederations Cup.  The young Germans came of age and showed the class and depth of the national program.  

Ironically it was a catastrophic mistake from Chile, not the young Germans that would be the difference in the title match.  In the 20th minute Chile defender Marcelo Diaz gifted Timo Werner the ball on the edge of the box and the Germany striker ran on and turned the ball across goal for Lars Stindl to tap into an empty net.

From there it was Chile that got the best of the run of play.  More possession. More chances. Just not the goals they needed.  German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was named man of the match after making eight saves on the afternoon.

With 20 minutes to go, Chile upped the tempo and saw Vargas' 74th-minute shot from a Aranguiz pass saved by Ter Stegen, before Sanchez and Vidal were both denied from close range.

Following the Sanchez attempt, Chile appealed to the referee for a penalty, but after consulting VAR it was denied. Edson Puch set up fellow Chile substitute Angelo Sagal for another gilt-edged chance in the 85th minute, but the latter blazed over from eight yards.

Ter Stegen denied Chile again deep into added time, diving low to his left to keep out Sanchez's free-kick from just outside the area to ensure victory for Low's experimental squad.

German coach Joachim Low summed it all up "The boys did great, I am unbelievably proud of them. Such a final always has something magical to it. Many of our players hadn't played in a final before, they will not forget this match for the rest of their lives. In the second half it was a hard and hectic match, the Chileans do not shy away from anything but the boys jumped right into it."