Even with a youth-filled lineup, world champions Germany displayed experienced composure in defeating Chile 1-0 to lift the 2017 Confederations Cup trophy.
Lars Stindl capitalized on Marcelo Diaz’ error to score the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute, and the strike eventually became the winner for the Germans at Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg.
Diaz fumbled the ball on the edge of his penalty area, letting Timo Werner to tee up Stindl for the early winner.
Werner, who had three goals and two assists in the tournament, earned the Golden Boot award, while Julian Draxler, who wore the armband for Germany’s young lineup, won the Golden Ball trophy.
Stindl and another German forward in Leon Goretzka finished with three goals each in the tourney and earned the Silver Boot award.
Germany manager Joachim Low was heavily criticized after he decided not to use his veterans in this tournament, but his strategy was vindicated after the youngsters turned in powerful performances.
“We fought well and deserved this win,” said captain Draxler. “We hadn’t played together before the tournament, which makes it even more valuable.
“Every title is special, but with this young team, it’s even more so,” added the 23-year-old. “Now we can all go on holiday – and even take the trophy with us.”
According to Spanish paper La Republica, the Germans will pocket $5 million as champion of the dry run for the World Cup, while Chile will settle for $4.5 million.