With his team B, with the trophy: Germany, without any usual holder, won his first Confederations Cup by beating Chile (1-0) in the final of the 2017 edition on Sunday in St. Petersburg.
World champions succeed Brazil’s triple title winners and now hope to break the curse that saw the winners of the nine editions all fail to win the World Cup in the wake.
However, Joachim Low chose to avoid the 2014/2018 double to avoid three tournaments in three years. He had only summoned three world champions (Mustafi, Ginter, and Draxler) to the youngest group on the Russian plateau, only 24 years and 4 months on average.
He was able to make a review of the workforce which enabled confirmations (Ter Stegen, Rudiger, Kimmich, Hector), revelations (Rudy, Goretzka, Stindl, Werner) and promises (Can, Henrichs, Brandt) Stacking twelve goals in five games.
That a two-team win the title confirms the current strength of Germany, also the winner of the Euro Hopes on Friday, but also probably a very bad advertisement for a Confederations Cup on the spot, which could be affected by “Analysis” of all the competitions launched by the president of the FIFA Gianni Infantino.
“We are made to write the story,” Chilean star Sanchez said on Friday: Roja had been right to Messi Argentina in the finals of Copa America 2015 and 2016 and then Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal semi-final Of this Russian tournament (0-0 ap, 3-0 tab). But the Chilean golden age collided with the German eagle.
The Chileans lost the match on a huge mistake: Diaz had the ball stolen in front of his surface by Werner who had only to serve Stindl, pushing the ball into the empty cage to open the score (20th). Stindl thus joined his teammates Werner and Goretzka at the top of the scorers’ standings (3 achievements each).
However, the Germans suffered. Players who had performed well in the tournament, including the Kimmich-Hector side pairs and Rudy-Goretzka reclaimers, were under pressure from Chile and notoriously from Vidal, a ubiquitous fighter with an impressive volume.
The Mannschaft lacked precision when completing his counter-attacks, such as those off-center attempts by Goretzka (36th, 45th) or Draxler’s raid, which was tipped for a corner (55th).
Draxler Ballon d’Or
Chile dominated the debates, especially in the first half (63% possession!), Often in the first round, in the group stage on June 22 in Kazan (1-1). Half German and multiplying centers and strikes to the goal.
But there was a lack of realism: his attempts were rarely framed or dangerous, like the shot above the bar of Vidal, which raged on the ground (76th), or that of Sagal on a Center Back (84th).
His only clear chances were an infiltration ball at the foot of Aranguiz, tackled in extremis by Rudiger (5th), or that Sanchez free-kick on which Ter Stegen lay down well (90 + 4). The German goalkeeper was elected a man of the match.
There was tension on the pitch, to the point of producing an altercation between the two teammates of Bayern Munich, Kimmich and Vidal, each taking a yellow card (59th).
Video assistance to arbitration (VAR), for which the Frenchman Clément Turpin officiated, did not really dissipate this tension. It was first used after Jara’s elbow in Werner’s face. The referee went himself to watch the pictures at the edge of the field and warned the Chilean, who was doing well (66th).
The Chileans, their coach Juan Antonio Pizzi first, were then furious that the referee does not activate the VAR on a dispute in the surface. The referee finally did it, in vain for the Roja, and after long seconds of confusion (77th).
The video was one of the main protagonists of the competition, Draxler his Ballon d’Or and Germany his winner. See you at the 2018 World Cup.