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Confederations Cup: Germany meets Chile in final

Germany thrashed Mexico comprehensively this evening (4-1) in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup and will meet Chile in the final. Portugal will meet Mexico in the play-off for the third place, the second meeting in this competition. Both games take place on Sunday.

Germany 4 Mexico 1

                   M. Fabian 89

Goretzka 6,8

Werner 59

Younes 90+1

Germany. 11 goals in 4 games - those thinking this is the German B team are in for a surprise, because it does not play very differently from the A team. Mexico had more of the ball (58% to 42%), put together more attacks, had 25 shots against 12, had more set pieces (16 to 10) and more corners (11 to 4). But Germany scored four goals, two before the ten minute mark.

 

Confederations Cup: Chile books place in final

Chile 0 Portugal 0. Chile wins 3-0 on penalties after three Portuguese players failed their shots, making the Chilean goalkeeper, Bravo, Man of the Match.

 

Chile 0 Portugal 0 Chile wins 3-0 on penalties

Chile saw slightly more of the ball (56% against 44%) and the match was evenly balanced. Both teams fired 15 shots, three on target, 9 off and three blocked. Portugal had 7 corners to 5 and 15 set pieces against 11 for Chile.

 

At the end of the day it came down to penalties. With three Portuguese players failing to convert, Bravo, the Chile captain and keeper, was man of the match. Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz and Alexis Sanchez scored the penalties for Chile.

 

 

Confederations Cup: Semi-finalists defined

 

Matchday 3 of the Confederations Cup was completed today after a brave and spirited Russia bowed out of the competition on Saturday. Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 and Mexico brushed past Russia 2-1 after Samedov took the lead. In Group B, Germany beat Cameroon 3-1 and Chile drew one apiece with Australia.

 

Group A

New Zealand 0 Portugal 4

                         Ronaldo 33 (p) Bernardo 37 André Silva 80 Nani 90+1

 

Mexico 2 Russia 1

                Samedov 25

N. Araujo 30

H. Lozano 52

  

Group A Final table

 

Played won drawn lost goals for goals against points

Group A

Portugal 3 2 1 0 7 2 7

Mexico 3 2 1 0 6 4 7

Russia 3 1 0 2 3 3 3

New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 8 0

 

Group B

Germany 3 Cameroon 1

                   Aboubakar 78

Demirbay 48

Werner 66,81

 

Chile 1 Australia 1

             Triosi 42

Rodríguez 67

  

Group B Final table

 

 

Played won drawn lost goals for goals against points

Group B

Germany 3 2 1 0 7 4 7

Chile 3 1 2 0 4 2 5

Australia 3 0 2 1 4 5 2

Cameroon 3 0 1 2 2 6 1

 

Next matches: Semi Finals

Wednesday June 28

Portugal v. Chile

Thursday June 29

Germany v. Mexico

 

 

 

 

Confederations Cup: Matchday 2 complete

 

Group B: Matchday 2 complete - Cameroon 1 Australia 1, Chile 1 Germany 1 was the result of Matchday 2 in Group B

 

Conclusion: In Group A, Russia has to beat Mexico to guarantee a place in the semi-finals, while Portugal has to draw with New Zealand. In Group B, basically Cameroon has to thrash Germany and Australia has to thrash Chile to get through. A draw for Chile and Germany is enough. Prognosis: Russia, Portugal, Germany, Chile in the semis?

 

Cameroon 1 Australia 1

Anguissa 45+1

      Milligan 60 (pen.)

 

Germany 1 Chile 1

Stindl 41    Sanchez 6

 

Group A

Mexico 2 New Zealand 1

 

All teams in Group A have completed two games, with Mexico and New Zealand wrapping up Matchday 2 on Wednesday, Mexico coming back from being 1-0 down to win the game by 2-1 and leading the group on goals scored.

 

Mexico 2  New Zealand 1

                 Wood 42

Jiménez 54

Peralta 72

 

 

Confederations Cup: Ronaldo scores Portugal's winner against Russia

 

The second matchday in Group A ended in a defeat for the host nation, Russia, which went down to a solitary goal from Portugal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo on eight minutes. The good news for Russia is the way the team reacted in the second half - some good football and some team spirit!

 

 

Russia 0 Portugal 1

               Ronaldo, 8

Portugal came out of the bootroom blazing and the winning goal (and only one) came after just eight minutes, when Cristiano Ronaldo converted Guerreiro's cross with his head. 1-0 to Portugal after 8 minutes and with Smolov playing up front alone, some feared a massacre was on the cards.

Kombarov and Zhirkov combined well on 16' and Russia started to open up, getting the first corner kick. On 23', Golovin then Glushakov had shots blocked. On 31, Akinfeev in his one hundredth appearance for Russia saved from Ronaldo who nearly made it 2-0. By now Russia was well back into the game and the fans sat back to enjoy a wonderful game of football.

On 40' Golovin got a pass through to Smolov who should have done better with what was a real chance.

Hero Akinfeev

In the second half, Erokhin came on as substitute for Shishkin. First into action was Akinfeev again, on 50' this time denying André Silva's header from five metres out. With confidence in the keeper, that seemed to be the spark which ignited Russia, which began to throw more and more players forward looking for opportunities.

On 54' a combination between Vasin and Zhirkov resulted in a corner. On 60', Samedov saw Smolov in a good position and his assis was centimetres out of reach. So nearly the equalizing goal. Portugal came back with two half-chances for Ronaldo. Russia kept up the pressure though and on 66', Poloz substituted Kombarov. Russia put Burkharov on substituting Kudriashov on 83' and started playing 4-3-3.

The final minutes saw panic in the Portuguese defence as Russia fires cross after cross. At the end of the day, Portugal celebrated the win but Russia showed it can play as equals with one of the best sides in the world.

Many lessons to be learnt, tactically, from this game.

 

 

 

 

  

Australia 2 Germany 3

Rogic 41     Stindl 5, Draxler 44 (pen.), Goretzka 48

Juric 56

 

Germany scored early on, Australia equalized but Germany was 2-1 up atthe break. Shortly after, 3-1 and Australia pulled it back to 3-2. Ball possession 59% to 41% in Germany's favor, 18 shots against 9, both keepers making three saves.

 

Mexico and Portugal draw, Chile beats Cameroon

  

Mexico 2 Portugal 2; Cameroon 0 Chile 2

 

Mexico 2 Portugal 2

J. Hernández 42 Quaresma 34,

H. Moreno 90+1 Cédric 86

 

Cameroon 0 Chile 2

                     Vidal 81 Vargas 90+1

 

Played won drawn lost goals for goals against points

Group A

Mexico 2 1 1 0 4 3 4

Portugal 2 1 1 0 3 2 4

Russia 2 1 0 1 2 1 3

New Zealand 2 0 0 2 1 4 0

 

Group B

Chile 2 1 1 0 3 1 4

Germany 2 1 1 0 4 3 4

Australia 2 0 1 1 3 4 1

Cameroon 2 0 1 1 1 3 1

 

Confederations Cup: Russia kicks off

 

Russia 2 New Zealand 0 was the result of the opening game of the Confederations Cup which comprises a competition between the winners of the seven confederations plus the host nation of the next FIFA World Cup, in this case Russia.

 

The Groups

Group A

Russia (Host nation FIFA 2018) Mexico (CONCACAF) Portugal (Winner UEFA 2016) New Zealand (Oceania Football Confederation winner 2016)

 

Group B

Cameroon (2017 Africa Cup of Nations) Chile (2015 Copa América) Australia (2015 Asian Cup winner) Germany (Winner FIFA 2014)

 

The matches

Saturday June 17

Group A Russia 2 New Zealand 0

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Boxall 31 (own goal)

Smolov 69

17 shots, 9 on target (2 goals, 2 blocked, 6 saved) and 8 off was Russia's production tonight in which a fluid display of football swept the visitors off their feet. That said, New Zealand had their chances especially towards the end of the match and proved why the All Whites were such a sensation in the 2014 World Cup. However Russia dominated and put on a firm and sound display of football, the players with the most remarkable performances being Glushakov and Smolov, who had 4 shots on goal.

The Russian key to the match was pace and aggression, moving players onto the ball and running off the ball at the same time.

 

 

Next games

 

Sunday June 18

Group A

Portugal 2 Mexico 2

Group B

Cameroon 0 Chile 2

Monday June 19

Group  B

Australia Germany

Wednesday June 21

Group A

Russia Portugal

Mexico New Zealand

Thursday June 22

Group B

Cameroon Australia

Germany Chile

Saturday June 24

Group A

Mexico Russia

New Zealand Portugal

Sunday June 25

Group B

Germany Cameroon

Chile Australia

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Pravda.Ru

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timothy.hinchey@gmail.com

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Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey specialized in long distance running as a teenager and in 1974, at 16 years of age, achieved a time of 13.30.01 in the five thousand meters and a year later, a time of 28.00.21 in the ten thousand meters in regional competitions, however he chose not to enter competitive sport and preferred to play football (Soccer), handball, tennis, judo, Krav Maga, table tennis and badminton in his free time. Today at 58 years of age, he continues to play the same sports as a participant and maintains an active interest in all modalities as a spectator and commentator, beginning and ending each day with a routine of TaiJi.

 

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http://www.pravdareport.com/news/sports/soccer/07-06-2017/137942-russia_visa_confederation-0/

 

http://www.pravdareport.com/society/showbiz/18-06-2017/138000-confederations_cup-0/

 

http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/22-07-2016/135096-rio_olympics-0/

 

http://www.pravdareport.com/news/sports/other/06-10-2016/135801-sharapova-0/

 

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