Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

VAR leads to Mabouka red after referee initially sends off wrong man

VAR leads to Mabouka red after referee initially sends off wrong man

Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner both scored their first senior worldwide goals as Germany beat 10-man Cameroon 3-1 to book their place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa made two excellent saves to deny Germany a second goal soon after, first rushing out to deflect Werner's effort and then diving to his left to keep out Kimmich's low follow up.

A response from Vincent Aboubakar proved mere consolation for Cameroon.

Chile's 1-1 draw against Australia means Germany top Group B and the world champions will now face Mexico in Sochi in the semis on Thursday, avoiding Euro 2016 winners Portugal.

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Germany's win secured them a semi-final clash with Mexico, scheduled for June 29, with the victor then set to face either Portugal or Chile in the final.

Following a tepid first half Germany opened the scoring with a moment of magic shortly after the interval, Demirbay completing a finely crafted one-two with Julian Draxler by blasting home.

It was only after Cameroon's players insisted the referee review the incident again that he realised his error, rescinded Siani's sending off and instead flashed the red card to the correct culprit Mabouka, leaving coach Hugo Broos bewildered.

They ended up with five points and second in the group.

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Germany enjoyed most of the ball, but Cameroon came close just before the break when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa met a cross at the back-post, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving athletically to tip the ball over the bar.

Chile reached the Confederations Cup semi-finals on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Australia, who muscled the South Americans out of their stride but exited the tournament after wasting their chances. Julian Draxler fed Demirbay with a back-heel through Siani's legs and the midfielder marked his first global start by slicing a shot into the top corner with his weaker right foot.

Werner ensured his team avoided late drama just three minutes later, notching his second goal of the match. The striker whose goals propelled Leipzig to a surprise second-place finish in the Bundesliga turned a cutback from Benjamin Henrichs into the net. "They're under pressure. You've seen that we caused them some real problems, that we matched a world-class team".

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