What is perceived as a Germany B side because of stars like Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos not playing, isn’t doing too bad, as Joachim Loew’s team trounced Mexico 4-1 in the Confederations Cup semi-final win.
Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka bagged an early brace before RBL’s Timo Werner and Ajax’s Younes added two more goals for Germany in the second half. Mexico’s Marco Fabian scored a scorcher in the dying minutes of the match to register a consolation goal for his team.
Germany were off to a flyer as Goretzka scored two goals within three minutes to set the tempo of the match which was thoroughly dominated by the Die Mannschaft. Leverkusen’s highly rated fullback Henrichs darted on the right wing before whipping in a superb ball for Goretzka to slot into left bottom corner in the 6th minute. Mexico weren’t given any time to recover, as the Schalke midfielder scored again 2 minutes later to make it 2-0.
With their backs against the wall, Mexico tried their best to make a comeback into the match towards the end of the first half. Dos Santos brothers had two good chances to open the scoring for Mexico on the half hour mark, but they couldn’t find a way past Ter Stegen. Javier Hernandez, usually deadly in front of the goal, then spurned Mexico’s best chance in the first half when the Leverkusen striker lobbed the ball over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat. Germany headed into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead at the half time.
Mexico came back strong once again in the second half, when striker Jimenez asserted himself to produce some good opportunities for his country. However, his efforts didn’t pay off, as Mexico failed to convert the few chances they created at the start of the second half. The Germans then decided to kill the game off, and Timo Werner presented with chances to do just that. The RBL forward put the game beyond doubt in the 59th minute, when captain Julian Draxler threaded a through ball for onrushing Jonas Hector, who happily cut it back for Werner to tap it in.
Germany had chances to win by an even more commanding scoreline as the half progressed, but they spurned a few opportunities. Approaching the end of the 90 minutes, Frankfurt’s Marco Fabian, a second half substitute for Mexico, scored a belter in the 89th minute to make the scoreline look less emphatic. However, Ajax’s Younes, another second half substitute, then scored Germany’s fourth in the last few seconds to make it a comfortable 4-1 victory for his country.
The Germans will face Chile in the finals of the Confederations Cup on 2nd July.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.