Germany have won the Confed Cup for the first time after beating Chile 1-0. Lars Stindl’s first-half strike – his third goal of the tournament – proved decisive in a thrilling and fast-paced game (20‘). Chile dominated the first 20 minutes and piled the pressure on again in the last 15, while Germany played on the break and missed several chances.
Joachim Löw opted against ringing the changes to his starting line-up in comparison to the 4-1 victory over Mexico. In the only change, Shkodran Mustafi replaced Benjamin Henrichs and returned to the heart of the defence alongside Antonio Rüdiger and Matthias Ginter. Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector played on the wings, while Sebastian Rudy started behind Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka in central midfield. Stindl and Timo Werner led the Germany attack.
Just like in their first game of the group stage, Chile pressed high up the pitch, putting Germany under real pressure, and created several good chances. After Stindl lost possession, Charles Aranguiz beat Rüdiger and pulled the ball back to Arturo Vidal, but ter Stegen was equal to the Chilean’s effort (3’).
Chile’s early and aggressive pressing prevented Germany from getting into a rhythm. Vidal (7‘) and Eduardo Vargas (11‘) both missed opportunities to open the scoring and after 13 minutes, Chile had had five chances on goal compared to Germany’s zero. Löw’s men created their first chance in the 15th minute. Kimmich and Goretzka led a quick counterattack before Stindl pinged in a cross from the right, but Aranguiz was on hand to clear ahead of the incoming Werner.
After ter Stegen pulled off a fine stop to keep out Vidal’s close-range effort, Stindl and Werner combined up the other end of the pitch to give Germany the lead. Werner robbed Marcelo Diaz of possession on the edge of his own area before laying the ball across the six-yard box, allowing Stindl to tap in (20’).
Germany could have been 2-0 up before half-time but Goretzka’s effort whistled narrowly passed the far post after Sebastian Rudy played him in with a well-weighted ball (36’).
Chilean coach Juan Antonio Pizzi brought on Edson Puch and Angelo Sagal in the second half in search of an equaliser but the German defence remained resolute. Alexis Sanchez saw his strike blocked in the 72nd minute, before ter Stegen was on hand to deny Aranguiz. Seconds later, Rudy's miscued clearance fell to Vidal, who blazed over from close range (75’).
The drama continued right up until the final whistle. ter Stegen remained alert though and got down smartly in the fifth minute of added time to push Sanchez’s free-kick to safety.