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Chile, Germany set for semis

25 June 2017

The South American champions opened the scoring after just six minutes after Alexis Sanchez swooped on a loose pass from Arsenal teammate Shkodran Mustafi who was aiming to play the ball out of defence.

Since winning his first cap in a friendly against New Zealand on April, 27 2006 he's gone on to rack 112 global appearances and registering 38 goals.

Chile continued to have the better of the opening stages as their high pressing caused problems for the German back three, with Eduardo Vargas rattling the crossbar with a 20-yard strike on 20 minutes.

Germany improved after the break but neither side could find the victor, and the draw means Chile maintain hold of the Group B standings with four points, closely followed by Germany who sit second also on four points.

In the other Group B match in Saint Petersburg, new Asian champions Australia drew 1-1 with Cameroon.

Stay tuned here for updates and highlights of goals and key players throughout the match.

Germany improved toward the end, grabbing control of the middle of the pitch, but neither team was able to create many significant chances to break the deadlock.

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Chile captain Arturo Vidal said that it was in that loss to Germany in that 2014 friendly in Stuttgart that Chile realized that it could contend against the top teams.

"I am quite disappointed because we had the means to win the match", said man-of-the-match Zambo Anguissa.

A quieter second half did not produce a winning goal, meaning Chile and Germany stay level on four points at the top of Group B, three clear of Australia and Cameroon, who also drew 1-1 earlier on Thursday.

"It makes me very happy to have become the team's greatest scorer, " Sanchez said after the match.

When Can broke into the Chile half, his pass to the left wing found Hector, whose hard, low cross was stabbed by Stindl past goalkeeper Johnny Herrera on 41 minutes. We knew how they played, knew their tactics. The Schalke youngster was involved in the build-up to the opener, won the penalty for Julian Draxler to score the the second and then scored the third himself - his first for Germany.

Germany plays Cameroon on Sunday in Sochi while Chile faces the Socceroos in Moscow. The first 20 minutes were nearly disastrous and if we didn't have a bit of luck on our side, we could have been 3-0 down.

Australia and Cameroon came into their contest eager to register their first win of the tournament after both sides lost their opening matches.