When the Confederations Cup groups were settled, Germany and Chile being put in the same group appeared to make for the most tantalizing matchup in the competition, and the two powers delivered an entertaining bout in Kazan, Russia, with their 1-1 draw.
The two-time reigning Copa America champion Chileans outlasted Cameroon 2-0 in a hard-fought, VAR-influenced opener. Reigning World Cup champion Germany, meanwhile, edged Australia 3-2 in a game that it controlled but some sloppy moments in the back–especially in goal–allowed for the Aussies to make it interesting.
Even with a second-choice squad at the Confederations Cup, Jogi Low's side held its own against Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal & Co., battling back from an early deficit to salvage the point.
Alexis got the action started early, scoring in the sixth minute after high pressure forced Germany into a turnover. Vidal found Sanchez with the splitting ball, and he finished near-post for the goal, which set a new Chilean national record (38).
Germany nearly answered immediately, but Julian Draxler's long-range blast whizzed over the bar.
Eduardo Vargas almost doubled Chile's lead in the 20th minute, blasting a right-footed laser off the crossbar after a quick turn and touch.
Germany found its equalizer in the 41st minute with a lovely piece of build-up play finished off by Lars Stindl. After beating Chile's pressure, Germany broke forward, with Emre Can spraying the ball wide for Jonas Hector. His cross to the goal mouth was met by a sliding Stindl, who scored his second goal of the competition to make it 1-1.
Alexis nearly seized the lead back for Chile before halftime with a low, deflected blast from long range, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen got down and to his right, swatting away the attempt before it could sneak into the lower left-hand corner.
The teams exchanged chances in the second half, with Chile coming closest on Alexis's long-range free kick, which narrowly missed the crossbar.
After Cameroon's draw vs. Australia, the draw means that no team has clinched a berth in the knockout stage just yet. Australia needs a two-goal win over Chile, and Cameroon needs a three-goal win over Germany in order to upset the favorites and advance.