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Monday, July 3, 2017

Germany Lifts the Confederations Cup

 No doubt about it - Germany is the best footballing nation in the world. 
The lords of the game

2 days after their under-21 squad won the European Championship, a weakened senior team (8 of whom are eligible for Germany's youth side) beat Chile in as exciting game to lift the Confederations Cup. Lars Stindl's first-half strike was enough for the Germans to lift the trophy. The goal came after Lars Stindl scored the only goal into an empty net in the 20th minute after Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz gave the ball away on the edge of his own penalty area.

Chile, playing with their trademark high-octane style and driven forward by another relentless display by Chile midfielder Vidal, dominated the match but were let down by poor finishing. Despite dominating for long spells, Chile failed to turn 61% possession and 20 shots - compared with the Germans' 8 - into goals.
Controversial Moment:
There was a controversial incident involving video technology in the second half when Chile defender Gonzalo Jara elbowed Timo Werner by the touchline. The Serbian referee Milorad Mazic initially missed the incident, but was alerted to it by the video assistants and then let Jara off with a yellow card instead of showing a red.

Prayer Point for Germany:
The victory was a first Confederations Cup trophy for Germany who next year in Russia, will be seeking back-to-back World Cup titles. However, as no team has ever won the football World Cup after lifting the Confederations Cup the year before.

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