Germany reaches Confed Cup semis amid more replay confusion

Posted June 26, 2017

Joachim Low was keen to pay tribute to Germany players and staff past and present after he chalked up a 100th win as national team head coach.

Ange Postecoglou shrugged off the difficulty of the challenge facing his Australia team on Sunday and insisted having to beat Chile by two goals to guarantee Confederations Cup progress was "perfect". "I don't see why he had to give a red card to my player".

"It won't be seven or eight changes, that would do the players no good".

He played 56 minutes - picking up a yellow card in the first half for a crunching tackle - before being replaced by Mathew Leckie.

James Troisi steered Australia ahead on 42 minutes in Moscow, but Chile replied through half-time substitute Rodriguez on 67 minutes to advance as Group B runners-up behind Germany.

Loew's young side has so far been convincing in Russian Federation.

But that was to prove Australia's last opportunity, as they still wait for their first victory over Chile, whose attention now turns to Wednesday's date with Portugal in Kazan.

Loew opted to make no changes against Chile - the first time a German coach has done that in an worldwide since 1995 - saying he wanted his team to "tough it out". "It was not intentional", Loew said through a translator at the post-match news conference. Although they were much tighter against Cameroon, it was against a much less potent attacking side, and against a strong Chile assault, they are very unlikely to be able to gain the victory they need to continue in the competition.

"We've done it in tennis, in golf, you name it, the Olympics where we've had world champions and that's what this guy is".

Cahill famously scored Australia's first-ever goals at a FIFA World Cup in the 3-1 win over Japan in 2006, helping the Caltex Socceroos reach the last 16.

"On three different occasions we had to start our session an hour late, because we were stuck in traffic, even though we had a police escort from the hotel", said Broos.

"We will not just be hoping, we will prepare to try to win".

Postecoglou praised veteran forward Tim Cahill as Australia's captain made his 100th global appearance.

"And every one has been earned".

With much of the squad worn out after two matches - and indeed others, lacking match minutes from club land - Postecoglou said energy levels dictated his selection for a high-pressing game. Chile's captain, Inter Milan defender Gary Medel, is set to miss out after picking up a leg injury in the draw with Germany.

Meanwhile, Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could play for the first time since April in Sunday's Confed Cup clash against Australia, says Chile's coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.

But Werner restored Germany's two-goal cushion.