Germany, Chile Play to 1-1 Draw in 2017 Confederations Cup

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2017

Germany's midfielder Sebastian Rudy (R) vies with Chile's midfielder Pablo Hernandez during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Germany and Chile at the Kazan Arena Stadium in Kazan on June 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZ        (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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Germany and Chile missed out on the chance to book their place in the semi-finals of the 2017 Confederations Cup on Thursday as they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Kazan Arena in Russia.

Alexis Sanchez gave Chile the lead after just six minutes, and La Roja dominated much of the contest, but Lars Stindl's equaliser against the run of play at the end of the first half ensured they would share the spoils.

The pair both sit on four points after two matches in Group B, but both can guarantee their progression to the knockout phase by avoiding defeat against Cameroon and Australia, respectively.

The matchup between the world champions and the two-time Copa America winners was perhaps the most hotly anticipated clash of the tournament, and it certainly didn't disappoint in the first half.

La Roja flew out of the traps as they pressed and harried Germany out of possession, and Sanchez quickly set the tone with a pair of dangerous runs. 

The Arsenal forward fittingly gave his side the lead soon after when club team-mate Shkodran Mustafi gave possession away in an attempt to play out from the back.

Sanchez was on to the ball quick as a flash, and after playing a one-two with Arturo Vidal, he advanced on goal before applying a cool finish off the post. It was a milestone goal, per Squawka Football:

More uncertainty from Mustafi allowed Marcelo Diaz to fire a volley on goal from 25 yards, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen dealt with it comfortably. So too did Johnny Herrera as he got down to stop Stindl's low effort.

DW Sports' Jonathan Harding noted Mustafi's struggles:

The breathless start continued when Eduardo Vargas turned and smashed an effort off the crossbar from range. While the play settled somewhat as the half went on, Chile continued to dominate the contest with energy and intensity as they sought to double their tally.

However, Germany equalised against the run of play four minutes before the break. Emre Can fed Jonas Hector on the left with a lovely through ball, and Stindl was on hand to convert his cross.

Football writer Clark Whitney remarked on the proceedings:

Sanchez almost hit back immediately when he cut in from the left and unleashed a low drive on goal, but Ter Stegen proved equal to it.

Chile's search continued in the second half as Vidal headed over while Vargas shot wide, but they struggled to maintain the intensity of their pressing, and the game lulled somewhat to its conclusion as a result.

While wrapping up their place in the next round with a win here would have allowed either to rest players in the final group match, both sides remain in a fairly strong position given the gulf in class between themselves, Cameroon and Australia, who sit on just one point apiece.    

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