Germany defeated Mexico 4-1 in an entertaining Confederations Cup semi final game, for the neutrals and Germany supporters in the end.
In the opening seven minutes of the game, Germany were breathtakingly clinical through man of the match Leon Goretzka. On the fifth minute mark, Goretzka scored the game’s first attempt on goal with a first time, outside of the box shot from Benjamin Henrich’s square pass.
Only around two minutes later, Goretzka scored his and Germany’s second, with a strike beating Guillermo Ochoa in goal, after making a well timed run in behind Mexico’s defensive line to meet Timo Werner’s through ball.
Following Goretzka’s brace, Mexico had most of the possession as they were forced to attack to change the result. Whereas, Germany were patient out of possession, defending with discipline, whilst waiting for the opportunity to counter attack, which Joachim Löw’s men did efficiently.
Ochoa saved Germany’s best chance to extend their lead, when he pushed Werner’s shot at the near post, from inside the box at an angle, wide of the the post
Mexico’s best chance of the half was missed with ten minutes remaining, by the country’s all time top scorer Javier Hernandez, as his stretching, outside of the boot shot from Giovanni Dos Santos’ through ball flew over a beaten Marc Andre Ter Stegen, and the bar.
The respective tactics of Germany and Mexico displayed in the first half, remained the same in the second, in which three goals were scored.
Thirteen minutes in, Werner scored Germany’s third, and the Leipzig striker’s third of the tournament, with a tap in from Jonas Hector’s square ball, who got in behind Mexico’s defence; players running into space behind Mexico’s poor defensive line has been a trend in this game.
Mexico came closest to to scoring the next goal following Werner’s, on two occasions. On the 63rd minute mark, substitute Marco Fabian’s shot, created by quick, combination build up play between Raúl Jimenez and Hernandez, flew into the side netting. Secondly, Miguel Layún’s shot inside the box from a Hernandez through ball was saved by a diving Ter Stegen at the near post.
The closing two minutes of regulation time plus stoppage time was eventful and played at a high tempo.
Fabian scored a bullet strike out of nowhere, which easily beat Ter Stegen, however, proved to only be a consolation goal for the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder and Juan Carlos Osorio’s men.
A mere three minutes after Fabian’s consolation goal, Germany regained their three goal lead as Amin Younes, off the bench, scored a composed strike across Ochoa, which was assisted by Emre Can’s through ball.
However, Mexico’s attacking wasn’t deflated by Younes’ goal as, with little stoppage time remaining, Hernandez struck a left footed shot inches wide. Also, Jimenez forced a diving save from Ter Stegen with a header from an inswinging corner.
Germany will play against Chile in the final on Sunday in Saint Petersburg, to determine who lifts the ultimate prize of this tournament: the trophy.