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

Russian adventure over for Cameroon

Russian adventure over for Cameroon

Germany coach Joachim Loew is excited about the challenge of facing Mexico in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after topping their group in the Confederations Cup.

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Germany topped Group B to set up a last four meeting with Mexico at the same venue on Thursday after the first worldwide goals for Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner, who got two.

They will play Mexico in Sochi for a place in the final in Saint Petersburg while Chile will meet Portugal in the other last-four clash on Wednesday in Kazan.

The Germans will have to display greater urgency against Mexico than they did in the first half against Cameroon.

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After a goalless first half, highlighted by a superb save from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Die Mannschaft eventually found the breakthrough thanks to Kerem Demirbay, who scored his first goal for Germany with a thunderbolt finish 25 yards from goal after captain Julian Draxler played him through with a neat flick. Loew's side was wasteful, with wing back Joshua Kimmich sending a diving header wide, and largely restricted to attacking down the flanks.

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

Taking the lead in slick fashion.

Demirbay was making only his second appearance for the German senior side, and his first start.

Germany came out for the second half with much more intent and took the lead in the 48th minute. Werner evaded Adolphe Teikeu to meet a cross from Kimmich and open his worldwide account with his stooping header. It was the latest by a Germany goalkeeper in the World Cup warm-up tournament.

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Cameroon have crashed out of the Confederations Cup while Germany have topped Group B with seven points.

But Werner restored Germany's two-goal cushion.

Werner enjoyed some fantastic form last season as RB Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga table.

Cameroon leaves Russian Federation early and might not be back next year, given its struggles in qualifying. "We didn't necessarily expect this in the build-up from such a young team". "We see the proof of that, that there's a lot still to be done".

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