When Joachim Löw travelled to Russia without Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng, the German manager was heavily criticized and the team’s performance was highly doubted. But on the same note, one cannot ignore the Germany is indeed the one of the best sides today in football. A week after their young under 21 side defeated the energetic Spain to lift the European championship, senior team made history by breaking the Latin wall. Snapshot of the match:
- The Copa American Champions started off on a dangerous note when Gunner Sanchez and Vidal initiated their own kind of play and created some beautiful moves. But, they’ll reprimand a missed 19th minute opportunity.
- Germany launched a rapid counter-attack. Although Chile initially neutralised the move, a terrible mistake by Marcelo Díaz allowed Werner to collect the ball and pass it to an empty goalmouth to Lars Stindl, who scored his third goal in four games.
- The first half continued on the same note. Chile trying hard. But the game picked up momentum in second half, which was also the high intensity half. Few brawls, few amazing moves and a goal-less half meant that Germany continued its dominance.
- Fifa’s controversial video assistant referee (VAR) technology was once again under the spotlight after Chile’s Gonzalo Jara stayed in play despite landing an elbow in Timo Werner’s face during a second-half challenge.
- Chile has not defeated Germany in last 49 years and they again failed to do so. Last 20 minutes, the German defence and particularly Ter Stegan was amazing to take by horns such a beast attack.
With this commencement, we come to the end of international fixtures for a while. Time to blow the city Whistles.