Confederations Cup 2017 | Germany lifts maiden title while Portugal finishes third
Germany defeated Chile 1-0 in the final of the Confederations Cup at St. Petersburg on Sunday to clinch their maiden title thanks to a 20th-minute goal gifted by Chile. On the other hand, Portugal came from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 in stoppage time to finish third in the competition.
Chile started the game on the offensive as they enjoyed the majority of the ball possession initially and
The Chilian attack once again tormented the young German
The South American team kept dominating the stats in terms of shots on target and ball possession as the high octane game continued to enthrall the audience. Chile had a chance in the 44th minute when Mauricio Isla fired in a beautiful cross that was headed over the goal by Alexis Sanchez. Arturo Vidal kept threatening the German
Germany stood their ground in the
Earlier in the third-place mtach-off, Portugal started the game sans their talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo and had a brilliant chance to take the lead in the 15th minute when they were awarded a penalty. However, a brilliant Guillermo Ochoa, the Mexican goalkeeper, turned away Andre Silva's shot as Portugal missed their 4th consecutive penalty after their shootout against Chile in the semi-finals.
Mexico almost scored in the 31st minute when Javier Hernandez forced Rui Patricio to make a brilliant save to deny the Mexican a chance to take the lead. However, Mexico went a goal ahead in the 54th minute when Luis Neto, Portugal's defender, turned Hernandez's cross into his own net. Carlos Vela had a chance to double the lead and seal the match for his team but missed it which eventually resulted in being a death blow for the Mexican team.