Germany reaches Confed Cup semis amid more replay confusion

Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner both scored their first senior global goals as Germany beat 10-man Cameroon 3-1 to book their place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.Kerem Demirbay gave Die Mannschaft the lead early in the second half after the two teams played out a dire opening 45 minutes.Germany looked set for a comfortable win although Cameroon to their credit stuck to their task despite the numerical disadvantage, and pulled a goal back when Aboubakar headed home on 79 minutes.By securing top spot in Group B of the World Cup warm-up tournament, the inexperienced Germany squad playing without many of its 2014 World Cup winners will now stay in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and play Mexico on Thursday.Having beaten Australia 3-2 and drawn 1-1 with Chile, Germany know that even a win in their final fixture may not be enough for them to win the group if the Chileans comfortably see off Australia.The Germans face Group A runners-up Mexico in Sochi next Thursday in their semi-final, while Chile will face Portugal on Wednesday in Kazan.Australia is eliminated but gave the rattled Chile team a shock with aggressive first half play that saw the Australians collect four yellow cards.”You definitely need to do that in football, everyone has to fight, everyone has to work hard, but we want to play our football, press high and be unsafe”.Had Germany boss Loew chose to bring his full strength team to Russian Federation, it is unlikely Stindl would be here. “Overall, I am very happy”, said Loew.”Unfortunately we went behind after a bad pass, that kind of mistake is punished, but the team’s reaction was very good”, said Loew.Vincent Aboubakar pulled a goal back for Cameroon to bring the score to 2-1.Sanchez has claimed two further landmarks in Russian Federation, notably drawing level with Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo as Chile’s most-capped player. “As the match went on, we got forward with more and more boldness”.Germany initially struggled to cope with the South American side’s high pressing and quick passing game and Chile came close to a second goal when Eduardo Vargas rattled the underside of the bar with a long-range drive.Timo Werner netted his debut goal for Germany and added a second as his side cruised to the Confederations Cup semifinals.Postecoglou reserved his final word for 37-year-old captain Tim Cahill, who rolled back the years with a vintage performance in his 100th appearance in the green and gold before departing shortly before the hour mark.