Chile reach Confed Cup semis after draw against Australia

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Joachim Low is hopeful Germany will seal top spot in Confederations Cup Group B and spare themselves another gruelling leg of travel within Russian Federation.

The World Cup winners will face a rejuvenated Mexican squad on Thursday, while two-time Copa America champions Chile will battle Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Wednesday.

Germany's defender Matthias Ginter (L) vies with Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez during the 2017 Confederations Cup group B football match between Germany and Chile at the Kazan Arena Stadium in Kazan on June 22, 2017.

"Sochi and Kazan have both been excellent, flawless conditions for a football match", said long-serving boss Low.

"We will not just be hoping, we will prepare to try to win". We always play to win.

But Juan Antonio Pizzi's side found it hard to contain an Australian side, which was giving it their all to secure an unlikely place in the semi-finals.

Chile made an attacking substitution at halftime, bringing Martín Rodriguez on for José Fuenzalida.

Opposite number Hugo Broos is unlikely allow himself similar luxuries as the Indomitable Lions are faced with a must-win encounter.

Joachim Low has reached an impressive century of wins as Germany coach following his side's Confederations Cup triumph against Cameroon.

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"I think the Russian people are with us".

"They were a small fish in their continent for a while and they chose to change that and we're trying to change that ourselves as well".

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? From that point of view, that's Cameroon.

Roldan arrived at the Confederations Cup trying to rebuild a reputation that was damaged at the 2014 World Cup. With both teams on four points, three ahead of Australia and Cameroon who drew 1-1 earlier, it is in pole position to reach next week's semifinals.

Germany enjoyed most of the ball, but Cameroon came close just before the break when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa met a cross at the back-post, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving athletically to tip the ball over the bar.

- Germany have not lost against an African nation since the 1982 World Cup, when they were beaten 2-1 by Algeria - their only competitive defeat against a side from the continent. There, he was chosen for the second game of the tournament, and incorrectly ruled out two Mexico goals.

Joachim Loew reached the milestone of 100 wins in his 150th worldwide as Germany's head coach.

Mexico needed a win over the hosts to secure their spot in the semifinals, but they have qualified as runners-up in Group A. Juan Carlos Osorio did his fair share of tinkering in his team's first two games, but his best lineup showed up against Russian Federation.

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