Chile to grind down free-flowing Germans
Chile to grind down free-flowing Germans

Chile's dogged determination has seen them through to yet another final and they can beat Germany in the Confederations Cup showpiece.

La Roja will head to St Petersburg on Sunday hoping to celebrate a third successive summer tournament triumph, having won the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America.

The South American nation boast a team that has been playing together for years, led by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, and that shows in the way every player knows their job.

Although unspectacular, their high-pressing style of play has certainly brought about plenty of success for a nation that had never won the Copa America before this current generation came along.

It has been a battle for Chile to reach the final of the Confederations Cup, winning just one match inside 90 minutes, and relying on penalties to see off Portugal in the semi-finals after a goalless draw.

They had plenty of chances to win that game before spot-kicks, but were wasteful in front of goal and will need to do much better against a youthful Germany side hitting their stride.

Having taken the decision to leave several of his big-name players at home for this tournament in order to blood some youngsters ahead of next summer’s World Cup, Germany coach Joachim Low should be pleased with how his team has performed.

The world champions were excellent in the 4-1 semi-final demolition of Mexico, albeit they were given far too much time and space by their opponents on Thursday night.

Germany have been fairly free-scoring in this tournament so far, netting three goals twice in the group stages, while Timo Werner (3) is currently the competition’s top goalscorer.

The only side to put a stop to Germany’s flowing football in Russia has been Chile after the nations battled out a 1-1 draw during the group stages.

The Germans were really on the ropes when Sanchez put Chile ahead, but battled back to secure a point thanks to Lars Stindl.

Given how tight Chile have kept it to date, with none of their games featuring over three goals, Under 2.5 goals at n/a looks a solid bet.

Chile are the slight underdogs at n/a to win the final in 90 minutes as they go in search of a first victory over the Germans since reunification, but the fact Die Mannschaft are n/a suggests there is little to separate the teams.

Chile will hope their superior tournament experience compared to this young German side could be the difference, with the South Americans having been at their best when the going has got tough in recent times.

Recommended bet : Under 2.5 goals at n/a

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