Germany have joined Chile in Sunday’s Confederation Cup final in St Petersburg, after their 4-0 victory over Mexico Thursday night at Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi.
With their U21 side already making the final of the 2017 U21 UEFA Euro Cup, the senior German National team booked their place for the first time into the Confederations Cup Final.
Germany boss Joachim Low left behind a dozen of his experienced players including Manuel Neuer, Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng this summer and opted for a young team. So young in fact five of the starting 11 would have been eligible for Saturday’s European Under-21 Championship final against Spain.
Both sides came through the group stage unbeaten, but Germany looked comfortable and confident from the start, with attacking midfielder Leon Goretzka, 22, hitting a brilliant brace in the first eight minutes to stun Mexico. Timo Werner, 21, scored Germany’s 3rd goal in the 58th minute.
Mexico who had come from behind in all their games this campaign had the ability to do so again and improved in the second half. Marco Fabian pulled one back in the 89th minute but it was all but over before Amin Younes, 23, scored a last minute goal to seal Germany’s 4-1 win
“It was an intense game. That the team managed to do what we’d discussed during our preparations for the match was both important and impressive,” Low said after the match.
“Mexico try to impose their game on their opponents but we showed that we wanted to win and dominate. We did that superbly, especially in the first 15 or 20 minutes.
“Our young players deserve credit for that. We got what we wanted, but you can’t count on that happening before the game. It was a wonderful performance.”