The 2017 Confederations Cup ended in disappointment for El Tri, as Juan Carlos Osorio’s men were soundly defeated by a German B team 4-1 Thursday night in Sochi.
Giovani dos Santos got the start in the center of the pitch as an attacking midfielder, but before the LA Galaxy Designated Player could make an impact on the game, Germany had already scored twice. In just the 6th minute, Die Mannschaft surged ahead on a lighting quick counter-attack and Benjamin Henrichs found Leon Goretzka on the top of the box, who used precision to drive a powerful shot around Guillermo Ochoa into the bottom left corner of the net.
Two minutes later, Mexico were in shock as Red Bull Salzburg’s Timo Wener located Goretzka sprinting forward from a deep-lying position and played him a perfect through ball, and with time and space Goretzka beat Ochoa again to hand the Germans an early cushion.
From that point Germany sat back and allowed Mexico to work their way into the match. El Tri were able to possess the ball in dangerous spots, but time and time again were unable to connect in the final third or create high percentage chances. Eventually the steam run out for Mexico, and Werner would seal the victory in the 56th minute.
Marco Fabian would pull one back for El Tri with a golazo off a set piece in the 90th minute, but in typical German style, substitute Amin Younes scored in stoppage time to make the final score 4-1.
Germany will battle Chile in the final, while Mexico will take on Portugal in the 3rd place match Sunday.