Germany left no doubt as to whether its younger, up-and-coming generation had what it takes to reach the final of an international competition.
Leon Goretzka scored twice in the opening eight minutes, and Timo Werner tacked one on in the second half, as Germany rolled to a 4-1 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup semifinals, setting up a date Sunday vs. Chile in the final.
Marco Fabian gave Mexico its lone bright spot with a thunderbolt from 35 yards in the dying minutes, but it was followed almost immediately by Amin Younes, who capped the victory.
Mexico was vying for a second Confederations Cup title and first since 1999, and had already had to battle back in each of its three games in Russia thus far, earning a draw against Portugal and consecutive 2-1 wins over New Zealand and Russia. That theme continued Thursday.
Goretzka scored twice, capitalizing on a pair of shambolic sequences for El Tri’s defense. The pair of goals vaulted Goretzka to the top of the Golden Boot standings with three total, leaping over teammates Timo Werner and Lars Stindl, who both scored twice in the group stage.
In the 58th minute, Germany completed a patient build-up in the final third, with Julian Draxler playing it wide left for Jonas Hector, who then crossed to an unmarked Werner for the simple finish and his third goal of the competition.
Mexico’s bright moment came in the 89th minute, when Hector Herrera tapped a free kick opportunity wide for Fabian, who unleashed a rocket into the upper right-hand corner of the next.
Younes responded almost immediately, though, restoring the three-goal advantage.
In the final, both Germany and Chile will be vying for a first Confederations Cup title, with the winner bringing an end to Brazil’s lengthy reign over the competition. The Seleção won the last three editions. Germany’s best finish came in 2005, when it took third–beating Mexico 4-3 in extra time in the third-place match.
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