Alexis and Shkodran Mustafi were back in Confederations Cup action on Sunday night as Chile faced Germany in the tournament final.
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Alexis and Mustafi both played the full 90 minutes as Germany beat Chile 1-0 to lift the Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg. Alexis had scored the opener when the sides had met in the group stage 10 days previously and had the chance to do the same this time around, but he couldn’t apply the finishing touch to a deep cross.
The missed opportunity would prove costly as, less than two minutes later, Germany capitalised on Marcelo Diaz’s defensive error to take a first-half lead through Lars Stindl.
Chile ramped up the pressure in the second half and Alexis was unlucky not to find the net when he cut in from the left-hand side, set himself and shot towards goal, but Sebastian Rudy threw himself in front of the ball to block the 28-year-old’s strike.
Searching for a late equaliser, Chile brought on forwards Edson Puch and Angelo Sagal with 10 minutes to go. The substitutes nearly made an instant impact when Puch cut the ball back to Sagal, but the Pachuca striker fired well over from six yards.
Chile had one final chance to draw level but Marc-Andre ter Stegen reacted brilliantly to push Alexis’ free-kick wide as Mustafi’s Germany held out to win their first Confederations Cup title.
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