#ConfedCup: Germany cruise past valiant Mexico, set up Chile rematch in final

Posted on June 29 2017 , at 09:15 pm
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  • Mexico were rattled by Germany's quick start and never really recovered.

Goretzka scored twice in the game against Mexico. Photo: Alex Grimm/FIFA via Getty

Germany may have come without any first team players, but the quality of their squad shone bright in a 4-1 win over Mexico in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Leon Goretzka put the Germans ahead with a first time shot after six minutes. And the Schalke midfielder was on hand to double the advantage just two minutes later.

Mexico were rattled by Germany’s quick start, though managed to regain their composure as the game progressed.

However, it was Germany that scored again through Timo Werner with a simple tap in to an empty net on the hour mark.

Timo Werner celebrates after scoring the third goal. Photo: Stuart Franklin/FIFA via Getty

Raul Jimenez came closest to pull a goal back for Mexico only to see his header come off the crossbar.

The North Americans eventually got a goal back through Marco Fabian‘s incredible 89th minute effort from long range off a free-kick.

But Germany had the last laugh by restoring their three-goal advantage in stoppage time through substitute Amin Younes.

Germany will now face Chile in the final on Sunday, July 2 in what will be a rematch after both teams drew 1-1 earlier in the group stage.

Mexico meanwhile will face a Portugal side without Cristiano Ronaldo in the third-fourth place playoff match also on Sunday.

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