Joachim Low won his 102nd match in charge as Die Mannschaft manager to lead Germany to its first Confederations Cup victory.
Staying true to the long-referenced refrain ‘German efficiency’, Low’s wards played a tactically matured game that contrasted with their youthfulness.
In a game largely dominated by the opposition, Germany coped excellently with the aggressive and more determined Chileans. Through long spells of being without the ball, they managed to force Chile to the wings and thereby regrouping quick enough to cut off any dangerous forays into their eighteen yard.
Whenever the German team have the ball, they moved quickly and created all sorts of problems for La Roja who, though confident on the ball, were sometimes careless at the back.
It was that carelessness that created a mix up in the defense that led Lars Stindl to slot in the easiest of goals that could be scored at this level.
The goal scored by the 28 years old stindl in the 20th minute eventually was the only goal of the match.
Tried as Chile did to get back into the game, the German defense stood resolute and undaunted.
In a tactical switch, late in the second half, Low substituted tournament’s highest goal scorer, Timo Werner for Emre Can in the 79th minute. By the time Niklas Suele came in for influential Leon Goretzka in the 90th minute; ti was clear who the new champions will be.
The records are favourably climbing for Joachim Low as Germany’s manager.
As Die Mannschaft prepares for the proper world cup a year from now, the jury is already out if Germany could the impossible.
And what is the impossible? Win the FIFA World Cup next year’s summer in Russia.
Historically, no team that had won the Confederations Cup has ever gone ahead to win the World Cup. But records are meant to be broken – Real Madrid did exactly this just a few weeks back.