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Germany beat Cameroon to enter Confederations Cup semis

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Kristopher Love | 29 June, 2017, 07:29

By safeguarding the top spot in Group B, an unskilled Germany squad playing without most of its 2014 World Cup winners will now stay in the Black Sea hotel of Sochi as well as play Mexico on Thursday.

A win for Germany will eliminate the African champions from the competition - as will a draw.

Contrasting experiencesThe "Broos generation" came up against three different styles in their group matches: the tactical astuteness of Chile, the combativeness of Australia and the technique and possession-based play of Germany.

"The referee didn't give any explanation", fumed Belgian Broos when asked about the freakish sequence of events.

Ryan McGowan and Kruse had further chances for Australia which they again failed to take in a pulsating end-to-end match.

Werner, 21, is now establishing himself as the striker Germany have been lacking for years, at a crucial time ahead of next summer's World Cup. "Cameroon doesn't have any players in the big leagues any more".

The African champions were sent packing on Sunday after losing to Germany 3-1.

But Germany broke through after only two minutes of the second half when great skill from Julian Draxler enabled Kerem Demirbay to advance into space and rifle a powerful finish past Fabrice Ondoa from the edge of the box.

Low said the use of the video assistant referee which Federation Internationale de Football Association has introduced for games in the tournament needed "fine-tuning".

Despite conceding 3 goals in 2 games (including that unlucky howler against Mexico), the Zenit Saint-Petersburg skipper made crucial saves to help keep the Russians in the games against Portugal and Mexico, but unfortunately they weren't good enough in the end.

"We wanted to get out of the group and we haven't, so we are disappointed", said Postecoglou.

"We still live on our past successes", Broos cautioned about a Cameroon team that no longer includes players signed by top European clubs. If we manage to win the group, we will not have to travel.

"I didn't see whether or not it was justified, but Cameroon kept attacking even when they were a man down. Some players will benefit if they have a bit of a break after two games within a few days, and possibly our game will also benefit by introducing some new blood".

Martin Rodriguez salvaged a draw Sunday for Chile against a tenacious Australian side in Moscow.

"Yes, of course, I am very happy. He can handle the responsibility".

"There were some moments of disappointment and let downs like getting to semis and not making the finals but the Maracana was a highlight".

Although head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is a famed proponent of the rotation system, Mexico should be relatively more settled in comparison to the team that saw off Russian Federation, with Javier Hernandez set to lead the attack once more, while the eight changes that nearly preceded embarrassment against New Zealand would surely be a stretch at this stage of the competition.