The FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, has been on a roll in Russia as Germany and Chile have qualified for the finals. The Russian footballing association are doing their best to make the tournament stand out as they look forward to host the world cup in 2018. No matter what the short time spam tournament is a treat for the football fans during the off season.
FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Semi Finals
Germany were to take on Mexico in the second semi final after Chile beating Portugal. Leon Goretzka’s brace confirmed a spot in the final with a convincing 4-1 victory over Mexico in Sochi. The 22-year-old Schalke 04 star struck two well-taken goals inside the first eight minutes before Timo Werner put them out of sight prior to the hour. Although the German keeper remained busy and made remarkable saves during the game.
Marco Fabian reduced the deficit with stunning strike from distance in the closing minutes of the game, but Joachim Low’s side had the final word when Amin Younes rolled in the fourth.
Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout defeat of Portugal in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday.
The reigning Copa America champions saw Claudio Bravo save three consecutive penalties as La Roja overcame last summer’s Euro champions to book their first-ever final in the competition, where they will face the winner of Thursday’s second semifinal i.e Germany.
After the game finished scoreless from 120 minutes of play, it was the much criticized Manchester City goalkeeper who proved to be the hero.
The game ultimately headed to penalties, where Bravo saved Portugal’s first three attempts. Quaresma, Moutinho and Nani were denied in a row. However, conversions from Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis fired Chile into Sunday’s final in Saint Petersburg.
Moreover, an intriguing finale awaits us to bring a fitting end to the campaign. The European giants will be taking on the South American monsters.