Confederations Cup: Mexico crashes out in semifinals

For the fourth game in a row, Mexico fell behind at the Confederations Cup only this time it paid the price. Germany jumped out to a 2-0 lead after eight minutes on a pair of goals by Leon Goretzka and cruised to a 4-1 win.

Germany will play Chile in Sunday's final while Mexico will face Portugal for third place.

A crowd of 37,923 fans at Sochi's Fisht Stadium watched the Germans, missing most of their stars, cut apart the Mexican defense time and again.

In the sixth minute, 20-year-old Benjamin Henrichs fed a wide-open Goretzka, who calmly beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Two minutes later, 21-year-old Timo Werner set up Goretzka, who plays for Schalke 04, for a second goal.

Mexico created plenty of chances, finishing with a 25-12 edge in shots, but it could not score until the 89th minute on Marco Fabian's long-range effort. By then, it was 3-0 Germany thanks to a Werner goal in the 59th minute, and two minutes after Fabian's goal Ajax's Amin Younes scored to close to out the scoring.

Mexico had fallen behind in each of its three group games but rallied for wins over New Zealand and host Russia and a 2-2 tie with Portugal. Against Germany, Mexico's defense was picked apart time and again and was lucky it did not concede more goals.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said Germany was the deserving winner but thought El Tri deserved a better result.

"They were very efficient and we gave them too much room," he said of Germany, "but we should have scored at least one or two more goals. We had enough chances to do so. Even after conceding early on we had the mental strength to fight back."
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