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Germany reach semis as referee needs VAR double-take

26 June 2017

Germany progressed to the Confederations Cup semifinals as Group B winners after a 3-1 victory over Cameroon.

The fleet-footed striker has a sharp eye for goal and justified Joachim Loew's faith with a man-of-the-match performance, which could be rewarded with another start against Mexico.

"It was my first game for Australia as a defensive midfielder", the former Celtic man said.

"It was a different story after the break, he was much more present in the box, that's where he's risky, he has a killer instinct". There, he was chosen for the second game of the tournament, and incorrectly ruled out two Mexico goals.

Mark Milligan made a superb challenge on Alexis Sanchez as the Chile forward bore down on goal, VAR finding no issue, while Tim Cahill - who became the second Australia player to reach 100 caps - was booked for a rash foul on Charles Aranguiz, a decision backed up by another review.

In their last game, Chile won 3-1 at the 2014 World Cup.

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The victory in Sochi meant Germany finished top of Group B ahead of Chile, who drew 1-1 with Australia in Moscow.

But Germany broke through after only two minutes of the second half when great skill from Julian Draxler enabled Kerem Demirbay to advance into space and rifle a powerful finish past Fabrice Ondoa from the edge of the box.

The Confederations Cup was a missed opportunity for Australia but the Socceroos should gain confidence from their improvement during the tournament in Russian Federation, coach Ange Postecoglou has said.

That was the year Marc-Vivien Foe died during the semi-final.

Australia are third in the group, level on 16 points with second-placed Saudi Arabia, one point behind Japan. "Now we must refocus on our next ambition".

"I'm disappointed not to get the job done for him".

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Ryan McGowan and Kruse had further chances for Australia which they again failed to take in a pulsating end-to-end match.

Chile, on the other hand were up against a spirited Australia side.

Arturo Vidal almost replied instantly when his stooping header was blocked on the line by Milligan with the rebound eluding Jose Fuenzalida.

After the break, Australia remained in the ascendancy, but were punished for not converting their goal scoring chances.

Still stunned by that, Chile's defence was then caught cold and the ball fell to an unmarked Salisbury but the central defender blasted his shot over when it looked easier to score.

Vargas headed fractionally wide after Sanchez had escaped down the left and picked out his striking partner, while Jamie MacLaren miscued badly in front of Bravo after a brilliant delivery from Troisi before the contest gradually petered out.

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Germany reach semis as referee needs VAR double-take