Shkodran Mustafi’s Germany beat Alexis Sanchez’s Chile 1-0 in St Petersburg to win the Confederations Cup for the first time.
Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Lars Stindl grabbed the only goal of the game for the reigning world champions after 20 minutes following awful defending by their South American opponents.
Alexis forced a decent save from Ter Stegen with a free-kick but Chile, despite creating a host of chances, couldn’t find an equaliser.
La Roja should have been down to ten men when Gonzalo Jara poleaxed Timo Werner with his forearm, but despite a referral to the video assistant referee he was farcically only given a yellow. It’s not been a good tournament for the VAR process.
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The German victory means they return to the top of FIFA’s ranking and comes just days after their under-21 side beat Spain in the final of the European Championships. Given Joachim Loew selected an experimental squad for Russia it highlights just how much strength in depth they have.
So congratulations to Mustafi, commiserations to Alexis Sanchez. Both men will now get an extended break, whether we see the latter in an Arsenal shirt remains to be seen.