Germany, the 2014 World Cup champion, and Chile, the 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa Centenario winner, meet in the marquee match of the group stage at the Confederations Cup in Kazan on Thursday.
Germany coach Joachim Loew
says the game will be a huge opportunity for his young players.
“Our players need the experience of playing at this level against a team like
Chile,” Loew said. “It will be important for their development. This experience will be excellent for us, for the players.”
Loew is expected to make several lineup
changes from the team that beat Australia, 3-2, in the Group B opener. Chile should get Alexis Sanchez
back. The Arsenal star has been recovering from a left ankle sprain and only played a few
minutes off the bench in the 2-0 win against Cameroon. WEDNESDAY.
Making nine lineup changes from the team that tied Portugal,
2-2, in its opening game, Mexico struggled against New Zealand before rallying for a 2-1 win that gave El Tri the Group A lead. Javier Aquino
was the inspiration for second-half goals by
and Oribe Peralta
. An early goal by Cristiano Ronaldo
held up for a 1-0 Portugal win over host Russia. GROUP A, RESULTS: Saturday, June 17
Russia 2 (own goal 31, Smolov 69) New Zealand 0. Att.: 50,251.
Sunday, June 18
(Quaresma 34, Cedric 86) Mexico 2 (Hernandez 42, Moreno 90+1). Att.: 34,372. Wednesday, June 21
Mexico 2 (Jimenez 54, Peralta 72) New Zealand 1 (Wood 42). Att.: 25,000.
0 Portugal 1 (Cristiano Ronaldo 8). Att.: 42,759. Standings:
Mexico, Portugal 4 points; Russia 3; New Zealand 0.
RESULTS: Sunday, June 18
Chile 2 (Vidal 81, Vargas 90+1) Cameroon 0. Att.: 33,492. Monday, June 19
Germany 3 (Stindl 5, Drexler pen. 44, Goretzka 48)
Australia 2 (Rogic 41, Juric 56). Att.: 23,000. Standings:
Chile, Germany 3 points; Australia, Cameroon 0.
SCHEDULE: June 24 in Kazan
Mexico vs. Russia, Fox, Telemundo, 11 am ET June 24 in St. Petersburg
New Zealand vs. Portugal, FS1, Universo, 11 am ET GROUP B, SCHEDULE: June 22 in St. Petersburg
Cameroon vs. Australia, FS1, Telemundo, 11 am ET
June 22 in Kazan
Germany vs. Chile, FS1, Telemundo, 2 pm ET June 25 in Sochi
Germany vs. Cameroon, Fox, Universo 11 am ET June 25 in Moscow
Chile vs. Australia, FS1, Telemundo, 11 am ET