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Germany Beat Chile to Win the Confederations Cup

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Germany have won the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup after a 1-0 win over Chile in the final on Sunday.

It’s a first ever Confederations Cup victory for the reigning world champions who become only the third European side after France and Denmark, to lift the trophy.

Germany coach Joachim Loew raised eyebrows with his bold decision to prosecute the tournament with a largely youthful side, but the four-time world champions proved their mettle with a well deserved victory at a packed Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia.

Copa America holders, Chile came into the final on defensive solidity, but began on the front foot with relentless forays into the German area that forced goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen into a number of smart saves.

The Barcelona shot-stopper was alert to deny Alexis Sanchez after a sweeping move down the left, before gathering Eduardo Vargas’s shot from the edge of the area.

But Germany, whose attacks on the break have been a top feature of the tournament in Russia, took the lead against the run of play in the 20th minute after Sanchez had missed a sitter at the other end.

Timo Weiner stole the ball off Marcelo Diaz before feeding Lars Stindl to tap into an empty goal with Chile goalie Claudio Bravo beaten.

La Roja finished the first-half stronger, but could have been two nil down when another misplaced pass allowed Julian Draxler to set up Leon Goretzka, who found the angle too acute to beat Bravo.

Chile pressed for the equaliser in the second half, but found the German defence impenetrable.

Ter Stegen did well to keep out Vidal midway through the half, and the goalkeeper was at his brilliant best to deny Sanchez from a free-kick in stoppage time as Germany held on for the famous win.

Emmanuel Offor

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