Germany reach Confed Cup semis amid more replay confusion

June 26, 2017
Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar (right) and Germany's Antonio Ruediger vie for the ball during the Confederations Cup, Group B match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, yesterday. (AP Photo)


World champions Germany reached the Confederations Cup semi-finals yesterday with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon, which had a player sent off after confusion with experimental video replays.

Germany was leading through Kerem Demirbay's 48th-minute strike when Cameroon had Sebastien Siani wrongly sent off, even after a challenge on Emre Can was reviewed by the video assistant referee.

It took protests from the Cameroon players, including Siani sarcastically applauding referee Wilmar Roldan, for the Colombian to check the replays himself on the side of the pitch in Sochi's Fisht Stadium. Defender Ernest Mabouka was then correctly dismissed in the 64th minute.

Germany extended its lead two minutes later, courtesy of a diving header from Timo Werner. There were flickers of a comeback by the African champions when Vincent Aboubakar's header slipped through Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's raised hands. But Werner netted again in the 81st minute to secure a 100th victory for Joachim Loew in his 150th match in charge of Germany.

By securing top spot in Group B, the world champions will now stay in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and play Mexico on Thursday.

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