Lars Stindl struck the only goal as Germany beat Chile 1-0 to win the Confederations Cup in St Petersburg.
Borussia Monchengladbach forward Stindl tapped home against the run of play after a defensive blunder midway through the first half as world champions Germany added another major trophy to their collection.
Copa America winners Chile wasted a glut of goalscoring chances in either half and with the help of a superb stoppage-time save from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Joachim Low’s side held on to win the tournament for the first time.
After the two sides drew their group game 1-1 10 days ago Chile made the brighter start in the rematch and were clearly the better side throughout most of the first period.
Alexis Sanchez flashed a shot wide in the second minute, Arturo Vidal’s effort from inside the penalty area was parried by Ter Stegen and Eduardo Vargas fired over the crossbar from 25 yards.
Another effort from Vargas was well held by Ter Stegen as Chile looked the more likely to break the deadlock.
Ter Stegen then spilled Vidal’s shot from outside the area into the path of Sanchez, but the Arsenal forward could not control the rebound and another chance went begging.
Moments later Germany snatched a 20th-minute lead with their first meaningful effort on goal.
Chile defender Marcelo Diaz gifted Timo Werner the ball on the edge of the box and the Germany striker ran on and turned the ball across goal for Stindl to tap into an empty net.
The South Americans carved open the German defence again four minutes later, but the final ball into the box from Mauricio Isla flew beyond Charles Aranguiz with an equaliser beckoning.
Germany finished the half strongly, with Leon Goretzka lashing an angled shot wide following Sebastian Rudy’s brilliant through-ball before Julian Draxler steered a low effort inches wide after being set up by Werner.
Early in the second period, Gonzalo Jara’s last-ditch block deflected Draxler’s shot wide before Serbian referee Milorad Mazic booked Bayern Munich team-mates Joshua Kimmich and Vidal following a fracas as the game turned feisty.
Mazic called on the video assistant referee just after the hour mark when Jara appeared to strike Werner in the jaw with his elbow as he challenged for the ball. But the VAR review courted more controversy when Mazic opted to show the fortunate Chile defender a yellow card.
Chile began to threaten again with 20 minutes left. Vargas’s low shot on the turn inside the area was gathered by Ter Stegen and Vidal thumped the ground in frustration after lashing his effort off target.
Edson Puch set up fellow Chile substitute Angelo Sagal for another gilt-edged chance in the 85th minute, but the latter blazed over from eight yards.
Ter Stegen denied Chile again in time added on, diving low to his left to keep out Sanchez’s free-kick from just outside the area to ensure victory for Low’s experimental squad.
All in all
That was a really entertaining final, but Chile will be really disappointed to come away with nothing. It was a terrible error from Marcelo Diaz that cost them, as well as their inability to make their dominance count in a first half in which they were by far the better team.
By the end, though, Chile’s players had lost their heads and were putting too much effort into trying to hurt their opponents, and once that happened they were never going to get back into the game.
Meanwhile, Germany deserve all the credit that comes their way. Winning a competition like this with such a young and inexperienced team is some achievement.
Full time – Germany win the Confederations Cup!
Red shirts sink to the floor all over the pitch, while Germany’s bench stream onto the pitch in celebration. This young but hugely impressive – and extremely mature – German side have won their first ever Confederations Cup title.
90 mins + 5 – Chile 0-1 Germany
Sanchez goes to the goalkeeper’s side and Ter Stegen does well to turn it away. Time is ticking away for Chile.
90 mins +4 – Chile 0-1 Germany
Very, very clumsy from Ginter. He clatters into Sagal and this is a free kick in the perfect position for Sanchez. This is it.
90 mins +2 – Chile 0-1 Germany
Rudy flies in on Vidal and earns himself a yellow.
Bravo is in the opposition half to launch it into the box… and he doesn’t even beat the first man. What a waste.
90 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Five minutes added on.
89 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Emre Cans concedes a free-kick and then holds onto the ball with three Chileans surrounding him. It’s a cynical ploy to waste time and the South Americans aren’t happy at all. It all kicks off a little a Jogi Loew is on the pitch trying to calm things down. A deserved yellow card for Can.
88 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Chile are committing plenty of men forward and a four-man Germany attack nearly brings a second goal but the move ultimately ends when Draxler takes a cross away from Rudy at the back post.
86 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Germany’s young team are dealing with a really horrible bunch of angry Chile players really, really well. The Chileans aren’t keeping their heads and are flying into tackles far to rashly. There has been no Germany reaction, though, since Kimmich vs Vidal round I (see 60 mins).
84 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
What a chance! Sanchez dinks a ball into the box, and it looks like Ter Stegen should claim that easily. A substitute, in Puch, gets there ahead of him, though, and pulls back for another, in Sagal, but he spoons his half-volleyed shot from 10 yards well over the bar. Should have done much better.
82 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Aranguiz stings Ter Stegen’s hands with a shot from distance.
80 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Aranguiz forces a decent save from Ter Stegen, who does well to turn it round the post.
Germany race up the other end with Goretzka, who is sent sprawling by Jara, who shouts something angrily at the German. Jara really needs to calm down.
Sub for Germany
Emre Can replaces Timo Werner. Joachim Lowe is trying to see this game out.
75 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Aranguiz and Sanchez combine well, before the former squares for Eduardo Vargas, but his low, drilled shot is saved well by Ter Stegen.
Chile keep the pressure up and Sanchez goes down claiming a penalty – it’s a weak claim, in my opinion – and Vidal drills over the bar, via a deflection. Chile’s bench now want a VAR decision on that Sanchez claim. It’s all got a bit silly, now.
72 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Rudy makes an absolutely huge challenge to block from Sanchez at the very last moment. The volume is creeping up and Chile are increasing the intensity. Germany remain dangerous on the break, though.
70 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Lot of niggling little fouls now. Chile are a ferocious team and they aren’t helping themselves by breaking play up constantly as their frustration builds.
Ooooh how exciting! The Video Assistant Referee has spoken to the referee and the players have to stop while that incident is reviewed. The screen looks like this:
Each time you see the replay it looks worse and worse. It HAS to be a red card and Jara is in trouble, surely.
The referee strides over to Jara, does a ‘TV’ sign, and then gives him a YELLOW CARD. How on earth has that happened. That was a stone wall red. I can’t believe it.
Anyway, we’re still 11 v 11.
63 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
It’s hotting up here and Timo Werner is on the receiving end of a horrible elbow-to-the-jaw from Gonzalo Jara. He looks like he’s got away with it at first, but then….
61 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Chile are riled up here and targetting Kimmich. Beausejour puts a heavy challenge on the youngster, who isn’t happy at all.
60 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Handbags alert! Kimmich leaves a leg trailing on Bravo after the ball has gone out of play, and Vidal doesn’t like it at all. He squares up to his Bayern Munich team-mate and then everyone else piles in.
The referee, very diplomatically, gives both players a yellow card.
59 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Kimmich is fouled on the touchline out on the right by Beausejour, and Hector whips the free-kick deep into the box. Ginter is after it and Vidal falls to the floor and manages to scramble it away.
56 mins – Chile 0-1 Germany
Draxler drives at Isla and hits a shot across goal, which deflects just wide of Bravo’s left post. The corner comes to nothing.
First sub of the game
Winger Leonardo Valencia replaces defensive midfielder Marcelo Diaz. Time to go for it.
There are a few Chile hearts in mouths as Bravo comes charging off his line to shepherd the ball out of play on the left. He does it well, but I doubt everyone was confident he wouldn’t do something stupid then.
It’s an end-to-end start to the second half, with Draxler leading the charge for Germany before Vargas and Sanchez nearly combine for Chile.
45 minutes to go
And Germany get the second half started.
The players are on their way back out
Can Chile find a way back into the game?
Half time – Chile 0-1 Germany
So, Germany go in ahead at the break, but they could easily be two or three down.
Chile have been the better side, with Germany unable to deal with the high press of Sanchez, Vargas and Vidal. Sanchez missed a huge chance to put Chile ahead and Germany were in front moments later.
That mistake by Diaz could be really costly. Chile have 45 minutes to get back into this, and going on that first half, they will have more chances to do so.
What a chance! Chile again give the ball away on the edge of their own box – Gonzalo Jara this time – and Germany work themselves a chance with Draxler finding Goretzka on the left. He takes too long working the ball back onto his right and the defender gets back to clear.
A lack of height in the Chile attack is costing them a little. Isla steals the ball from Rudiger and then delivers a wicked cross into the box, but Sanchez can only succeed in heading straight up in the air. Ter Stegen claims it.
Another lightning-quick break from Germany. Werner, this time, bringing it forward down the left, and cutting back to Draxler, who drills a right-footed effort wide of Bravo’s near post.
Germany come again and Goretzka’s ball into Werner is a beautiful one, but the forward can’t quite bring it down in time.
Germany have been quiet going forward – yes, despite the fact they are ahead – but they have some real class in attacking positions.
Draxler breaks on the left and pulls back a lovely reverse pass into Rudy’s path in the centre. Rudy takes one look and plays a perfectly-weighted ball into Stindl on the right. He takes one touch and then drills his shot wide of the target.
Sanchez has lost possession cheaply a couple of times and he snaps in to a challenge to try and win it back – and is arguably lucky to escape a booking.
Vidal sees another effort from distance fly well over the bar.
A (very) tame penalty claim from Kimmich is briskly waved away.
Chile are nearly the makers of their own downfall again, with Medel caught in possession as the last man, but he is saved by a linesman’s flag which, correctly, adjudges Werner offside.
Another Chile chance goes begging as they try and find a way back into the game.
Meanwhile up in the stands…
GOOOOAAAAL! Chile 0-1 Germany (Stindl)!
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Chile have been all over Germany but it is a huge mistake from Diaz that gifts Germany an opener. He is the last man, having dropped in between his centre backs, and he turns away from Stindl, but succeeds only in charging straight into Werner, who nips the ball off him and squares for Stindl to tap in.