Germany have added the Confederations Cup to their World Cup and European Under-21 titles in St. Petersburg, Russia with a 1-0 win over Chile on Sunday. And the German football is basking in the glory of winning two international football tournaments in the space of 48 hours. On Friday Germany’s star-studded U21 side won the European Championship over an outstanding Spanish team. And the Under-19 squad begins its quest to win the European Championship on Monday, while the German women’s team is aiming to win its seventh European title in a row.
Germany won the title for the first time after Lars Stindl scored the only goal in the 20th minute when Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz gave the ball away on the edge of his own area.
Chile is known for their high octane style and they played just like that last, Chile almost dominated the match but could not end up on the winning line due to poor finishing.
A dramatic game featured missed chances, defensive howlers, scuffles and two video reviews, one producing a highly controversial outcome in the second half.
Chile defender Gonzalo Jara elbowed Timo Werner and Serbian referee Milorad Mazic, alerted by the video assistants, let him off with a yellow card instead of a red. To which Germany coach Joachim Loew said “That could have been a red card because it was a blow in the face and if the referee sees something like that, he could have dismissed him.”
The young and experimental squad lifting the trophy is a remarkable achievement for the Germany, This victory also shows that Germany doesn’t produce B-team players. But there is jinx too that no team has ever won the World Cup after winning the Confederations Cup the year before.
Coach Joachim Loew said “The fact that these young players have won this tournament makes it an historic achievement, it’s unique in Germany’s history, it’s outstanding,”