By David Ward
As predicted in our previous post, Germany have managed to defeat Chile in the Confederations Cup. Though the South Americans dominated the match, they fell a goal behind before the 20 minute mark. They weren’t able to finish the chances that they created and the scoreline stayed 1-0 for the rest of the match.
Lars Stindl scored the only goal of the match when he tapped the ball in after a horrible defensive error midway through the second half to take the trophy home to Germany.
In the 61st minute of the final, Gonzalo Jara was not sent off despite elbowing Germany forward Timo Werner, as seen in the photo below.
Serbian referee Milorad Mazic had a second chance when he chose to watch a replay of the incident using the VAR (Video Assistant Referee), but he left viewers in shock when he didn’t change his decision, keeping Jara on the pitch with just a yellow card.
“I didn’t see it on the field of play; it was quite a mix-up and the VAR was consulted,” said Germany coach Joachim Low after his team’s victory. “But I saw it before I came into the press conference, and it could have been worthy of a red because it was an elbow in the face.”
Despite all the confusion and anger, the result of the game would most likely not have changed with the sending off of Gonzalo Jara as it would have only benefited Germany, who were already ahead.
Germany lifted the trophy despite having much less possession and much less chances than their opponents, but Chile may have deserved to have played the final half hour with ten men. Do you think the end result was fair? Comment below.