Monday, 18 June, 2018

High flying Chile set sights on 2026 World Cup hosting

Rita Gibson | 25 June, 2017, 01:53

"I m very happy to be Chile s top-scorer now, our dream is to win this tournament and we feel we have a chance", said Sanchez, who refused to be drawn about his Arsenal future.

However, Lars Stindl netted his second goal of the tournament to equalise for the world champions just before the break to eventually share the points.

In Thursday's other Group B game, Australia play Cameroon in St Petersburg with both teams knowing they can ill afford another Confed Cup defeat.

Chile and Germany are level on 4 points while Australia and Cameroon each have one.

He said: "They are the team that will give us a good idea of what we can accomplish here". "It was a game of the highest standard".

Indeed, much had been made before the game of this being a match-up between youth and experience.

Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi described Sanchez's milestone as "very special", while citing the quality of football on display Thursday.

He sent his pass straight to Sanchez who played a one-two with Vidal and toe-poked the ball in off the post.

Despite Loew's positive appraisal, Chile could have been 2-0 when Eduardo Vargas rattled the crossbar on 20 minutes.

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Alonso stood pensively standing behind the safety gates, hands on his hips, rather than returning to the garage of the team. Meanwhile, French driver Romain Grosjean was slowest and ranted constantly about brake trouble in his Haas vehicle .

Despite the early scare, Germany regained their composure and pushed forward.

The South Americans went in search of a second but were pegged back after 41 minutes when Stindl converted a pinpoint Jonas Hector cross. It's a different style than three days ago when we played Chile.

In the other Group B game, Cameroon play Australia with the loser being eliminated from the tournament.

The Arsenal star broke through the ranks after just five minutes to fire his side ahead in the Confederations Cup clash.

Discussing a period of heavy Chile pressure in the opening 45 minutes, Low said: "I didn't have the impression our players were "lost" in the first half". The match ended with a draw 1-1.

Germany were more assertive in the second half than they were in the first. "They are so flexible that, from time to time, you can not tell which player is playing which position", said Loew ahead of the encounter in Kazan, Russia.

"We want to work hard and have a successful outing in order to potentially do something special here in Russian Federation".

"We only had a couple of days to work on a few things and in the first half we put a lot of that into practice and controlled the game", said the Borussia Moenchengladbach man.

Matt Ryan then held a shot from Cameroon skipper Benjamin Moukandjo following a deft back-heel from Vincent Aboubakar, but the opening goal was worth the wait.

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