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Germany fightback against exciting Chile

23 June 2017

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 Russian Federation. Regardless of their inexperience - the entire Germany squad had just 149 caps between them - Marcelo Diaz said facing the world champions requires a certain mind-set.

Germany has won all three competitive games it played against Chile, all of them in World Cups. "Chile perhaps have a player or two amongst their ranks who have a lot of experience playing in tournaments, however, I see us well equipped to deal with them", German Football Association website quoted Stindl as saying.

Both teams will still be favorites to progress from the group following their opening game wins, but must ensure they do not slip up as Germany face Cameroon in Sochi and Chile meet Australia in Moscow in their last Group B games on Sunday.

"Both teams are very ambitious, so sometimes they neutralise each other".

After a quiet opening match, Christian Bassogog - the player of the tournament at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations - will be keen to shine on the right wing.

"The result reflects the high level on the pitch".

Chile were energetic from the start as they looked to press the Germans, only waiting six minutes until it paid off as they took an early lead.

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Loew changed his goalkeeper in each of his last three games and Germany's shot-stopper Bernd Leno could lose his place having leaked two goals against Australia.

Sanchez netted his 38th goal with the Chilean national team by poking the ball into the net with his left foot after a smart pass by Arturo Vidal in the sixth minute. "It's one of the most flexible teams in the world and this means a special challenge for us".

The South American champions almost doubled the lead in the 20th minute as Eduardo Vargas rattled the bar with a long shot.

Despite the early scare, Germany regained their composure and pushed forward.

Stindl forced a sharp save from Johnny Herrera with a low strike at the other end, but it was Chile who came within inches of scoring the game's second goal.

Vidal and Bayer Leverkusen's Charles Aranguiz shaded the battle with Germany's defensive midfielder Sebastian Rudy, who will also join Bayern next season, and Liverpool's Can.

Both sides had no more than half-chances to break the deadlock with the group winners to be decided by the weekend's final round.