Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Germany ease past Cameroon to reach #ConfedCup semis

Germany ease past Cameroon to reach #ConfedCup semis

World champions Germany secured their place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup with a controversial 3-1 win over Cameroon at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

With Germany up 1-0, Cameroon's Ernest Mabouka struck Emre Can with a high boot but referee Wilmar Roldan initially showed a yellow card to Sebastien Siani by mistake.

Chile advanced to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup, after playing out a 1-1 draw with Australia in their final Group B game.

GERMANY eased their way to a semi-final date with Mexico in the Confederations Cup.

Federation Internationale de Football Association officials will have been alarmed when Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan initially sent the wrong player off, Sebastien Siani, on the advice of the video assistant referee before the decision was quickly corrected.

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His second goal - in the 80th minute - sees Benjamin Henrichs dribble the ball past two Cameroon defenders before tapping it back to Werner.

Cameroon began brightly, but failed to threaten Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Germany went closest to breaking the deadlock after a pedestrian opening 21 minutes.

The Lions were drawn in group B alongside World champions Germany, Copa América winners Chile, and 2015 AFC Asian Cup champions Australia.

The best chance of a tight first-half fell to Germany's Joshua Kimmich as he headed wide from six yards with the goal gaping.

Julian Draxler hopes Timo Werner can prove himself to be the future of the Germany attack after the RB Leipzig striker got up and running at global level with a brace in the 3-1 win over Cameroon in Sochi.

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Kerem Demirbay produced a brilliant strike after a lovely assist from captain Julian Draxler, whose backheel set up the Hoffenheim forward, who powered in his shot into the top corner from outside the box.

Hoffenheim midfielder Demirbay also opened his account for Germany on his first start with a magnificent goal three minutes into the second half.

Alexis Sanchez appealed for a penalty in the 26th when he went down in the penalty area following Mark Milligan's desperate lunge, but the video review system said no foul.

Claudio Bravo returned for Chile following a calf injury and the Manchester City goalkeeper produced a smart block to deny a lunging Massimo Luongo, although Australia forged ahead on 42 minutes.

Some poor distribution by Bravo set up an Australian counterattack in the 41st minute, with the ball ending up at the feet of Robbie Kruse at the edge of the box.

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