Leon Goretzka’s two goals staked Germany to an early lead and the world champions cruised past Mexico 4-1 to advance to the Confederations Cup final.
Goretzka had Germany 2-0 up inside eight minutes after scoring a brace in a span of one minute, 48 seconds, before Timo Werner added the third goal in the second half.
Mexico could not respond until Marco Fabian’s stunning long-range strike in the 89th-minute, but even that was cancelled out by Amin Younes in stoppage time.
Germany, playing with a mostly experimental squad, advanced to take on Chile in Sunday’s final, while Mexico will face Portugal in the third-place playoff.
Goretzka opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a powerful shot after Benjamin Henrichs squared the ball to him at the top of the box.
And less than two minutes later, the Schalke man had his second, this time running onto Timo Werner’s through ball and beatig Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa with a shot to the far post.
Werner nearly added a third when he ran in alone on goal in the 19th minute, but this time Ochoa made the save.
Far too good from Germany and they will take on Chile in the final of the Confederations Cup. A clinical job by all accounts.
Even when Mexico pulled a goal back Germany responded within seconds. They were truly impressive and gave Mexico no chance to find their rhythm in the first half.
They maintained full control in the second half and weren’t going to let a 3-0 lead slip.
And just like that Germany respond. Fabian’s strike spurred on his Mexico team-mates but as they adopted a higher attacking line their defence was always likely to suffer. And so it did. Can went round the left side of the Mexico penalty area before slipping a pass through to Younes who slotted past Ochoa.
Quite a brilliant free-kick by Fabian. A sweetly-struck right-footed effort from 25-yards which arrowed into the top left corner of ter Stegen’s goal. One of the best goals of the tournament right there. It won’t be enough though.
Mexico have had 20 shots on goal so far and only six on target. Rafael Marquez goes close with a header from a corner. Point blank save by ter Stegen was very calm. Mexico aren’t going down without a fight here even though they no chance of reaching the final.
Germany have been by far the best side to watch during this Confederations Cup. They topped their group with two wins from three games.
They have scored seven goals and conceded four. Julian Draxler, who has captained the side, has been in fine form throughout the tournament.
As has Timo Werner. The 21-year-old, who plays for Stuttgart, has scored two goals in two games.
Mexico couldn’t quite match Germany in finishing top of their group but they have showed great resilience to come back from behind in all three of their group matches.
They are without their captain Andres Guardado, who is suspended for the match in Sochi.