St. Petersburg, July 3: Germany on Sunday clinched their maiden Confederation Cup Football title after defeating Chile by 1-0 in the summit clash. However, the four-time World Cup winners defeated Chile by a solitary goal. Lars Stindl put Germany ahead in the first half against the run of play, and Germany then held on to the lead which resulted in a win.
Chile started the game on the offensive and pressurized the German defence hard in the centre field. Meanwhile, Germany seemingly lacked the intent to attack and was relying on the counterattacks to yield a goal. However, Chile kept pressing on the German goal. But in the 20th minute, a sloppy Marcelo Diaz provided the European team with an easy chance as Lars Stindl tapped in the ball off a Timo Werner pass to help his side take the lead against the run of play.
Germany then 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 defence with his beautiful plays but the Copa America champions lacked the clinical finishing touch that was needed to equalize.
Later in the match, Germany stood their ground in the defence while attacking the Chilean goal occasionally. Vidal and Angelo Sagal wasted two golden opportunities in stoppage time to finish as runners-up in the tournament as Germany lifted their maiden Confederations Cup title with a young side.
On the other hand, Portugal came from behind to beat Mexico 2-1 in stoppage time to finish third in the competition. While, in the group stage of the tournament, the match between Portugal and Mexico had ended in a 2-2 draw. However, European champions Portugal were without captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the Real Madrid star was released from the squad to return home to meet his newborn twins.