Confederations Cup: Germany reach the semi-final after a replay video confusion

The champions of the world, in Germany, has reached the Confederations Cup semi-final on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over a Cameroon side reduced to 10 men after further confusion with the experimental video replay.

Germany leads through Kerem Demirbay strike when a case of mistaken identity mid-way through the second half, the replays were meant to eradicate – left Cameroon amused and irritated.

Sebastien Siani was dismissed for a foul on Emre Can, after the referee Wilmar Roldan inspected a pitch side monitor. Then he is furious protests from the Cameroon players, including Siani applaud sarcastically Roldan, the Colombian check the monitor again and find out that he had sent off the wrong player. Siani was invoked, and Ernest Mabouka has been successfully sent.

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“The referee has not given any explanation,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos. “It is a foul, fair enough, but both players had their legs up high to reach the ball. I don’t understand why only my player has received a red card.”

Germany extended their advantage two minutes after the red card courtesy of the back of the head of Timo Werner. There were signs of a return from Cameroon, Vincent Aboubakar’s flicked header slipped through Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s raised hands. But Werner has scored again in the 81st minute to secure a victory number 100 of Joachim Löw, in his 150th match in charge of Germany.

To guarantee first place in Group B, an inexperienced Germany team playing without several of his 2014 World Cup, the winners may stay in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and play Mexico on Thursday. The other semi-final on Wednesday sees Portugal play Chile, who finished in second place in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Australia in Sunday’s game.

The Germans will have to display greater urgency against Mexico than they did in the first half against Cameroon. Löw side useless, with the rear wing Joshua Kimmich sending a diving header wide, and were largely limited to attack on the flanks. Ter Stegen has prevented Cameroon has the advantage, with the goalkeeper a hand to save the shutdown Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is connected to the shooting on the first post at the end of a wonderful in the first half for the Germans.

“Some of my players have no experience and are nervous because an error might have deleted us,” Löw said. “It’s nice to see how we were able to … the darkness.”

The germans opened the scoring with a slick move. Julian Draxler fed Demirbay with a heel strike, through Siani, legs, and the midfielder scored his first international start with a shot into the top corner with his weaker right foot. Cameroon goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa prevented Germany from extending their lead by blocking Kimmich shot from a tight angle.

Then came the red-card confusion, quickly followed by Germany’s second goal. Werner eluded Adolphe Teikeu to meet a cross from the Kimmich and open his account with his stooping header.

The blunder of Ter Stegen for the Cameroon goal should be of concern to Löw. It was the latest from the Germany goalkeeper in a World Cup warm-up tournament. Bernd Leno was also at fault for Australia’s two goals in Germany’s 3-2 victory in the first race.

But Werner restored Germany’s two-goal cushion. The striker, whose goals propelled in Leipzig for a surprise second place in the Bundesliga turned a reduction from Benjamin Henrichs in the network. “He has a killer instinct,” Löw said.

Cameroon leave Russia soon and might not be back next year, given their struggles in qualifying. “We are one of the best teams in Africa, but there is still a difference between us and the modern football,” Broos said. “We can see evidence of this, that there is still much to do”.