Germany, Chile make it to last four

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Jun 2017 09:24:50


 

SOCHI (Russia),

GERMANY eased into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Cameroon on Sunday as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to reach the right verdict.


Colombian Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany’s Emre Can saw Cameroon captain Sebastien Siani wrongfully receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity.


But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of Siani’s card to red. It was only after Cameroon’s players insisted he review the incident again that he realised his error, rescinded Siani’s sending-off and instead flashed the red card to the correct culprit Mabouka.


Germany deservedly topped Group B to set up a last four meeting with Mexico at the same venue on Thursday after the first international goals for Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner, who got two. Vincent Aboubakar scored Cameroon’s consolation.


Chile play draw with Australia CHILE reached the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Australia, who muscled the South Americans out of their stride but exited the tournament after wasting their chances.
Chile capitalised on a defensive mistake to equalise through substitute Martin Rodriguez in the 67th minute of the Group B game after Australia took the lead with a James Troisi goal in the 42nd.


Australia, needing a two-goal win to qualify, squandered an opportunity to go two ahead before half-time when Trent Sainsbury volleyed wildly over with the goal at his mercy.
The Australians, with forward Tim Cahill making his 100th appearance, missed further chances in the second half.
Chile, who face European champions Portugal in the last four on Wednesday in Kazan, came second in the group with five points, two behind Germany and three ahead of Australia in third.


Chile began in their usual fast and furious style and Arturo Vidal forced an early save from Maty Ryan with a superb volley.
Alexis Sanchez then managed to get clear but the ball was taken off his foot by Ryan Milligan’s last-ditch tackle. Sanchez went tumbling and Chile appealed for a penalty but the Video Assistant Referee ruled that it was a fair tackle.


After that Australia managed to outmuscle Chile, although they had four players booked before halftime and the 37-year-old Cahill was lucky not to be sent off for scything down Charles Aranguiz from behind.


Troisi dinked the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to give Australia the lead after Chile lost possession in midfield.
Still stunned by that, Chile’s defence was then caught cold and the ball fell to an unmarked Salisbury but the central defender blasted his shot over when it looked easier to score.


Australia’s Robbie Kruse had another chance after half-time when he got clear of his marker but failed to make contact with the ball.
They paid for those misses when Rodriguez turned the ball in from Eduardo Vargas’ header after the Australia defender failed to clear an attack.


Ryan McGowan and Kruse had further chances for Australia which they again failed to take in a pulsating end-to-end match.