German fans were ecstatic after ‘Die Mannschaft’ survived a whirlwind assault by Chile and capitalised on an awful mistake by the South Americans to claim a 1-0 victory in a pulsating, bad-tempered Confederations Cup final on Sunday.
Chile, playing with their trademark high-octane style and driven forward by another relentless display by Arturo Vidal, dominated the match but were let down by poor finishing.
A dramatic game featured missed chances, defensive howlers, scuffles and two video reviews, one producing a highly controversial outcome in the second half.
It was a remarkable achievement for Germany to lift the trophy with a young, experimental squad, although it could also be a bad omen as no team has ever won the World Cup after winning the Confederations Cup the year before.
World champions Germany once again proved their worth on Sunday evening when they beat Chile at the Confederations Cup final in Russia.
Although Chile dominated much of the first half, Germany took the lead when a defensive error gave Stindl a simple tap-in.
Despite some close calls in the second half, Joachim Loew’s side held on to claim their first-ever FIFA Confederations Cup title.
Earlier before the match, European champions Portugal edged Mexico with a 2-1 extra-time third place win after Pepe scored in injury time to deny the Mexicans victory.
Both teams ended the match with 10 men.
Portugal were without Cristiano Ronaldo who left the tournament after his country’s semi-final defeat to Chile on penalties to meet his newborn twins.
Nika the polar bear had predicted that Germany would win the Confederations Cup final after extra time.