Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Confederations Cup Preview: Cameroon vs Germany


Germany eased into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Cameroon on Sunday as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to send off the correct player.

The 23-year-old started for Germany in the 1-1 draw against Chile in their last Group B game.

"Some of my players have no experience and were nervous because one mistake could have eliminated us", Loew said through a translator.

Vidal came close to an immediate equaliser with a header that went just wide before Trent Sainsbury spurned a glorious chance to make it 2-0 in first-half injury time when he blasted a volley over the crossbar from eight yards out with only Bravo to beat.

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Taking the lead in slick fashion.

A superb back-heel from captain Julian Draxler steered the ball into the path of the former Turkey junior worldwide and he rifled a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. Check out Playing 11 of Germany and Cameroon on this page.

Then came the red-card confusion, swiftly followed by Germany's second goal. Low might opt to start PSG keeper Kevin Trapp in goal after starting Bernd Leno and Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the first two games. It was the latest by a Germany goalkeeper in the World Cup warm-up tournament.

Aboubakar and substitute Moumi Ngamaleu then sighted the Germany goal, but the African champions were reduced to 10 men when Mabouka raked his studs down Can's knee. The striker whose goals propelled Leipzig to a surprise second-place finish in the Bundesliga turned a cutback from Benjamin Henrichs into the net. "We see the proof of that, that there's a lot still to be done".

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Germany's midfielder Kerem Demirbay opened the scoring just after the break before Werner's double sealed victory with Vincent Aboubakar scoring a consolation goal for Cameroon on 78 minutes.

The only problem with this was, the challenge under consideration was between Germany's Emre Can and Ernest Mabouka.

The 10th FIFA Confederations Cup, being held in Russian Federation, from June to July 2, 1s a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

They have to beat table-topping Chile to stand any chance of progressing into the Confederations Cup semifinals, having so far picked up just one point from their first two matches.

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South American champion Chile qualifies second in Group B behind Germany to set a semifinal meeting with Portugal in Kazan on Wednesday.

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