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Confederations Cup 2017: German youngsters steal the show.

Confederations Cup 2017: German youngsters steal the show.

Thanks to Lars Stindl’s goal Germany won their first ever Confederations Cup trophy. Die Mannschaft once again proved their worth on the big stage, whilst finalists Chile enjoyed a very successful tournament as well. Portugal were unfortunate to reach the final this time out, whilst Mexico played below expectations at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

Germany are the dominant force in the world football and that is more than obvious. Despite the fact that coach Joachim Low rested key players at the 2017 FIFA ConfederationsCup, die Mannschaft showed character at the tournament in Russia and the world champions totally deserved to win the Confederations Cup title for the first time in the history of the German national team. Young guns Leon Goretzka, Lars Stindl and Julian Draxler lead Germany to the 1-0 win over Chile in the title game and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of them.

Chile did well to win last two Copa America finals, but Germany proved to be a big catch for La Roja in the 2017 Confederations Cup final. Arturo Vidal and Co, though, missed several clear-cut opportunities to score in the first half of the match and many football experts believe that they should have won the trophy. The South American champions were producing scintillating displays at the Confederations Cup in Russia and, no doubt, they could play an important role at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Nonetheless, they need to keep on raising their form if they are to book their place at the next year’s showpiece tournament.

Despite being regarded as main favourites to win the Confederations Cup, Portugal were beaten by Chile on penalties in the semi-finals of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals for A Selecao in the group stages, but the Real Madrid superstar was not on top of his game in the semis against La Roja and, as a result, Fernando Santos’ troops failed to win the trophy. Anyhow, Santos is doing a great job with the European champions and given the average age of the team, there is every chance the Portuguese national team will continue making progress.

Thanks to a 2-1 win over hosts Russia Mexico set up a meeting with Germany in the Confederations Cup semi-finals, but beating Joachim Low’s men was is easier said than done. The Mexicans were outclassed by the Germans in Sochi (1-4) and, to make things ever worse for the fans, the CONCACAF Gold Cup title holders suffered a 2-1 loss to Portugal in the third-place play-offs. Veteran Rafa Marquez played his (probably) last game for the Mexico national football team and it seems as if El Tri need to startrelying on a new generation of young and talented footballers in the future.

Hosts Russia are regarded as the biggest disappointment of the 2017 Confederations Cup and they do not seem capable of matching top teams at major tournaments. As expected, Australia, Cameroon and New Zealand failed to make it to the Confederations Cup semi-finals and, taking everything into account, Germany proved once again that they are the “land of football”.

Confederations Cup Accumulator hits!

Confederations Cup Accumulator hits!

The accumulator special was focused on two Confederations Cup games being played on 18th and 19th of June!

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Chile to win 3/4
Cameroon – Chile

Both teams to score 4/5
Australia – Germany

 


The games end in the following results:

Cameroon 0 – 2 Chile
The 2017 Copa America winners Chile kicked-off their Confederations Cup campaign on the high as they defeated the Africa Cup of Nations holders Cameroon.
The Chileans ran out triumphant from a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas in a match marked by the video assistant referee (VAR) system. The two aforementioned players got involved in a controversial moment when Vargas’ finish on the Bayern Munich star’s assist towards the end of the first half of the game got ruled out for offside after a video review. The referee’s decision on goal was overturned after more than a minute-long deliberation with Vargas just inches in the offside position.
The VAR decision did not cost Chile all three points in their Confederations Cup opener, however, as Arturo Vidal broke the deadlock with a thumping header on a cross from Arsenal star Alexis Vidal, before Vargas ultimately got his goal in the injury-time. The VAR decision helped the Chile man this time as linesman’s offside call got overturned for the second goal in the match and the final 2-0 score.

81′ Arturo Vidal 0 – 1
91′ Eduardo Vargas 0 – 2

Australia 2 – 3 Germany
The 2016 FIFA World Cup winners Germany took their Confederations Cup campaign off to a winning start as Die Mannschaft celebrated a 3-2 victory against Australia.
It was Lars Stindl who opened the scoring for the experimental Germany squad in the first half, but the Kangaroos managed to level the score through Celtic’s Tom Rogic. Julian Draxler made sure Germany went to half time with a lead as he converted a late penalty call after a foul on Leon Goretzka. The Schalke star Goretzka got his name on the scoresheet himself after the break as he scored the third goal for Germany, who could have made their win wore compelling hadn’t Timo Werner’s goal attempt been thwarted by the post.
Germany head coach Joachim Loew’s seven uncapped-player squad ended up conceding another goal as Luzern forward Toni Juric netted four minutes from the hour mark, but the world champions still emerged with a 3-2 victory to remain in the running for a top place in Group B together with Chile.

5′ Lars Stindl 0 – 1
41′ Tom Rogic 1 – 1
45′ Julian Draxler 1 – 2
48′ Leon Goretzka 1 – 3
56′ Tom Juric 2 – 3


 

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Confederations Cup 2017 Preview

Confederations Cup 2017 Preview

Russia will host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. World champions Germany face the likes of Chile, Portugal, and Russia in Group A, whereas Mexico have been grouped with Australia, Cameroon and New Zealand. Title holders Brazil failed to qualify for the Confederations Cup and it remains to be seen who is going to win the 2017 tournament.

Germany proved their worth at the 2016 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with the team beating Argentina in the final of the showpiece tournament. Mario Gotze scored the winner for Joachim Low’s troops in the title game, but the Borussia Dortmund midfielder misses the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Joachim Low has decided to rest key players for 2018 World Cup qualifiers and it has to be noted that the likes of Thomas Muller, Tony Kroos, Mario Gomez, Mesut Ozil, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels have been omitted from the Germany Confederations Cup squad. On the other hand, youngsters Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner and Julian Brandt have been given a chance to prove their worth at the upcoming tournament in Russia.

Chile did well to defend their Copa America title last year, with the team beating Argentina on penalties in the final of the tournament in USA. As a result, La Roja will represent South America at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and they certainly have big ambitions for the quadrennial international men’s football tournament hosted by Russia. Alexis Sanchez was scoring goals for fun in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, with the former Barcelona attacker netting 24 goals in 38 appearances in the league for Arsenal and, no doubt, he will be the man to watch in Juan Antonio Pizzi’s team at the Confederations Cup. Bayern Munich ace Arturo Vidal made the squad as well and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.

Despite being regarded as underdogs in the Euro 2016 final against France, Portugal defeated les Tricolores in the title game at Stade de France, with the team winning their first ever trophy at major tournaments. Seeing that Germany arrive in Russia with a severely-weakened squad, many football predictions are pointing towards A Selecao winning the 2017 FIFA Conferderations Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid defend their Champions League trophy last month and the former all eyes will be on the former Manchester United superstar when Portugal kick off their 2017 Confederations Cup campaign with a game against Mexico on June 18.

Speaking of Mexico, they booked their place at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup thanks to a 3-1 win over Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. El Tri are on the right track to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as well and they are certainly high on confidence ahead of the trip to Russia. Real Sociedad ace Carlos Vela, Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez and Porto midfielder Hector Herrera all made the Mexico squad and it is no surprise many football experts suggest that Juan Carlos Osorio’s men are going to record a good result at the upcoming Confederations Cup.

Considering that Germany coach Joachim Low will not count on several first-team regulars for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Portugal should be considered No. 1 favourites to win the tournament and given Cristiano Ronaldo’s thrilling form, the European champions are likely to give fans yet another reason for celebration. The likes of Russia, New Zealand, Cameroon and Australia have slim chances of winning the trophy, but they should not be written off just yet.