Alexis Sanchez equals Chile goalscoring record in Confederations Cup draw with Germany
FIFA Confederations Cup Group B, Kazan Arena - Germany 1(Stindl 41) Chile 1 (Sanchez 6)
Alexis Sanchez struck a record-breaking goal as Chile were held to a 1-1 draw by Germany in an entertaining Group B clash at the Kazan Arena.
It was no more than Chile deserved for a vibrant start to the proceedings but they were punished for not making the most of their initial dominance when Lars Stindl finished off a flowing Germany move four minutes before the break.
Juan Antonio Pizzi selected a much more experience side than his counterpart Joachim Low, and he will feel disappointed La Roja couldn't recapture the same attacking verve in the second period.
Germany improved to make it a much more even contest and will be pleased to earn a share of the spoils that means both teams remain in the top two positions on four points apiece, needing just a draw from their final matches to progress to the semi-finals.
Germany meet Cameroon in Sochi on Sunday while Chile face Australia in Moscow with goal difference potentially key to who finishes top of Group B.
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Should Mustafi have been sent off? When Sanchez scored the opener, Shkodran Mustafi went through the back of Vidal with a terrible challenge. The Chile players wanted a red card but the referee failed to punish the Arsenal defender who had a shaky game for much of the night. It was a potential leg breaker and would have left Germany playing with 10-men for much of the game.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Arturo Vidal (Chile). A class act wherever he is deployed. Claimed an assist and did some tidy work inside his own area while remaining a threat at the other end of the pitch.
6' - GOAL! Germany 0-1 Chile. Sanchez plays a one-two with Vidal and coolly fires home at the near post after a huge error at the back by Mustafi. The Arsenal defender went through the back of Vidal in the build-up too - he's lucky to escape without further punishment.
20' - CHILE HIT THE WOODWORK! Vargas moves the ball into space and unleashes a stunning 25-yard effort that crashes back off the bar.
41' - GOAL! Germany 1-1 Chile. Germany are level! Can plays it in-behind for Hector whose first-time low cross from the left is crashed into the net from close-range by Stindl. Chile pay the price for not making their dominance count.
45+1' - CHILE CHANCE. Sanchez jinks in from the left and rifles in a low drive that ter Stegen manages to keep out by his near post.
73' - GERMANY CHANCE. Stindl takes a pass on the right of the box and wastes little time drilling in a low shot that Herrera saves.
Alexis Sanchez has scored more goals for Chile (38) than any other player in the country’s history.
This was the first game under Joachim Löw where Germany didn't use any substitutes.