Chile-Germany live online: Confederations Cup final
Don't miss a minute of Chile vs Germany live online. The final of the 2017 Confederations Cup live minute by minute from Saint Peterburg (Russia) with an 20:00 CEST kick-off.
Hello and welcome to our build-up ahead of live online minute by minute coverage of the 2017 Confederations Cup final as Chile face Germany in Saint Peterburg. Kick-off this evening is 20:00 CEST.
Chile v Germany live online, Confederations Cup final: build up
Chile v Germany live, Confederations Cup final: preview
We will have a maiden winner of the Confederations cup on Sunday night regardless of who comes out on top. In a game that is as much a battle of styles as it is about youth versus experience, Germany play Chile in a repeat of the group game that finished 1-1.
The Germans average age is south of 24 while Chile's is just under 30 with plenty of their players having breached the three-decade mark. The closest a German player comes to 30 is Lars Stindl at the ripe old age of 28.
The battle for the Golden Boot rages on with German duo, Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner in prime position to pick up the award. Both players have three goals with Lars Stindl just one behind them on two. Ronaldo also has two but he was released by Portugal to meet his new bundles of joy and will not play in the third place playoff.
Artuto Vidal believes Chile can become the best team in the world if they can manage to beat Germany on Sunday having discarded of Portugal, the European champions, in the last game. A win over Germany would mean a double over the World and Euro champs, which is the logic behind the Bayern Munich man's thinking.
Juan Antonio Pizzi has replaced Jorge Sampaoli, who replaced Marcelo Bielsa after a brief spell by Claudio Borghi on the sideline for Chile. That does not mean, however, that their style has changed. Germany know all too well about their energetic approach. Shokdran Mustafi was the subject of plenty of pressure early during the group game and coughed up the ball in order to let Alexis Sanchez in for the opening goal. Germany will need to make sure they don't let the same thing happen again.
They do, however, tend to tire as the game progresses and this might be a reason why Germany opted to sit back against Mexico and soak up pressure early in the first half before controlling the tempo and the game as Mexico tired in the second half allowing them to wrap up the game with two later goals.The German coach says, “Chile are the most powerful opponents in this tournament, we know them pretty well and we expect them to go for it in the final."
Joachim Loew left many of his first team squad at home and opted for youth in the tournament but that does not necessarily mean there has been a drop in quality with those stepping in eager to make a name for themselves ahead of a crucial period before the World Cup in 2018.
The Germans played quite conservatively in the semi-final against Mexico but were capable of attacking with pace and purpose when required. They tore Juan Carlos Osorio's side to shreds when given the chance, and even sometimes when they weren't give the chance, and were 2-0 up before 10 minutes had been played in the game.
Leon Goretzka scored both of those goals but livewire Timo Werner and substitute Younes wrapped up the scoring to prove they have plenty of resources on the bench and strength in even their most inexperienced players.
Chile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour; Pablo Hernandez, Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz, Arturo Vidal; Eduardo Vargas, Alexis Sanchez
Germany: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Matthias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule; Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka, Jonas Hector; Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner