Chile says it will consider joint bid for 2026 World Cup

Ross Houston
June 24, 2017

Just as the Germans were beginning to grow into the match, Eduardo Vargas almost doubled the Chilean advantage with a blast that shook Ter Stegen's goal as it bounced off the crossbar.

Germany head coach Low lauded Stindl's calmness, confidence and maturity following the Borussia Monchengladbach player's 41st-minute equaliser, which cancelled out Alexis Sanchez's opener in Kazan on Thursday.

Sanchez was afforded the chance to double his tally from a set-piece, but unfortunately, he saw the ball fly just over the crossbar.

Shkodran Mustafi (R) of Germany vies with Alexis Sanchez of Chile during group B match between Germany and Chile at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Kazan, Russia, on June 22, 2017.

However, with a point apiece all but guaranteeing qualification for the two teams after Cameroon's draw with Australia, neither went insane in trying to find a victor.

"(We've taken) no points but we can take the fact that we played really well", he said.

Steve Nicol and Shaka Hislop break down what stood out for them in Germany's 1-1 draw with Chile. The fact that the four-time world champions have netted 20 goals while conceding 19 suggests that they are as slack in defence at this competition as they are unsafe in attack.

Individual mistakes by the world champions in their defensive third to give away possession was further evidence of their vulnerability in the opening half an hour.

Lars Stindl put the Germanys ahead before Celtic's Tom Rogic equalised for the Socceroos.

Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading goalscorer after netting in his nation's 1-1 draw against Germany on Thursday.

It was Stindl's second goal of the tournament, having also struck against Australia, as Germany edged closer to the semi-finals.

"It was a very tactical, intense game and it was very, very demanding in that sense", said Germany coach Joachim Loew, who has taken a young squad to the tournament. "If we stay true to ourselves and our structure, it'll all go better".

After a season in a struggling Schalke team, central midfielder Leon Goretzka was one of those who seized his chance in Monday's opening 3-2 win over Australia.

"We've had discussions about that, we need to make sure we are courageous and we stick to what we have worked on", said Socceroos captain Mark Milligan.

"When you see a team playing like that over many years, the fact that our team at moments was nervous, I think you have to accept that". As most of German players are young and low on experience and Chile being more of an experienced and mature side.

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