5) A deserving victory for the Germans
As expected before the game, Chile came out to win the game. The South-Americans put immense pressure on the Germans often forcing them to go back and try again. However, Joachim Low’s men responded with great aplomb as they countered Chile’s pressing game. The pressure forced an unlikely error from the experienced Marcelo Diaz, as Timo Werner rounded a simple pass to Lars Stindl, who slotted in what would be the easiest goal he would ever score, to give the Germany the lead. Chile, like Mexico, enjoyed the majority of the possession; however, failed to break the resolute German defence. In the end, Germany’s determination paid off as Julian Draxler lifted the Confederations Cup.
4) Chile’s profligacy costs them the title
The South Americans were confident in their playing style throughout the game as they looked to win their third international trophy in three years. The likes of Vargas and Vidal looked at their absolute best; however, despite all the chances created, Chile failed to put the ball in the goal. As Germany proved clinical in the final third, it was an entirely different story at the other end of the pitch. Sanchez missed a sitter in the 19th minute and thus began Chile’s profligacy. Vidal, Vargas, and Aranguiz all missed glorious chances. And the epitome of wastefulness came when substitute, Angelo Sagal, put one over the goal from six yards out. Had Chile taken their chances on the night, it would have been an entirely different end to the Confederations Cup final.
3) VAR’s controversy continues
FIFA’s decision to deploy the Video Assistant Referee in the Confederations Cup had been under the scanner and one of the most important talking points throughout the event. While the use of VAR proved valuable in the opening games, the final brought out the different side of the technology. 20 minutes into the second half, Chilean defender Javi Lara appeared to elbow Timo Werner. The referee went to the centre to review the play, and while the VAR made it clear that Lara deserved a red card, the referee only gave it a yellow card. It made one thing clear that despite the technology, the referee will always have the final say.
2) A forgettable game for Sanchez
The Chilean attacker’s future has been up for debate for quite some time. Europe’s top clubs have shown interest in the Arsenal winger. An experienced and top player, Sanchez was expected to lead the attack. However, Sanchez had an awful game in every sense. He regularly failed to get past Joshua Kimmich, and on occasions, he did manage to, Matthias Ginter halted his runs. Sanchez was also guilty of selfish play as he tried to change the game on his own. While the winger might still get the big money move this summer, he would be eager to forget the final as soon as possible.
1) Germany’s young guns are as good as it gets
It was an interesting week for the German football. After the Under 21s won the European title in the week, the so-called ‘B team’ won the Confederations Cup. Joachim Low’s decision to come to Russia with an inexperienced squad was vindicated on Sunday night as Germany defeated Chile. Throughout the tournament, German players played with supreme confidence in their ability. The likes of Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka, announced them on the grand stage with their performances. Julian Draxler and Joshua Kimmich also displayed leadership qualities. The fact that Toni Kroos, Boateng, Muller, Neuer and Hummels were rested makes this German side a frightening prospect. Joachim Low will have a daunting task of picking 23 men for the World Cup next summer. One thing is for sure; the German football is set to dominate for the next few years.