Thursday, December 18, 2014   

(Football) Booed Germans get lucky
(03-06 11:39)

Germany were booed off after failing to impress in a fortunate 1-0 win over fellow World Cup finalists Chile as the South Americans dominated their hosts in yesterday’s friendly in Stuttgart, Geramany.
With Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez in the thick of things, the enterprising Chileans showed why they finished third in the South American qualifying group for the World Cup, AFP reports.
Jorge Sampaoli's side had the Germans under pressure for long spells and created 17 shots to the Germans' seven.
The corner count of Chile's 14 to Germany's four told its own tale and the hosts enjoyed only a brief period of pressure in the first-half which led to Mario Goetze's 16th-minute winner.
“That was a lucky win. I can understand the jeers and whistles,'' said Germany captain Philipp Lahm.
Chile were only denied an equalizer with an hour gone by the woodwork when Valencia's Eduardo Vargas clattered the crossbar with Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer well beaten.
The Germans were booed off the Stuttgart pitch.
Lahm did well in a solid midfield partnership alongside Bayern Munich team-mate Schweinsteiger, but that was one of Germany's few bright spots.
Despite Chile's strong start, Germany took the lead when Arsenal's Mesut Ozil jinxed his way through the Chilean defence.
His brief stumble caught the Chilean defenders out and he recovered to find Goetze unmarked for the Bayern Munich midfielder to fire home.
Chile's best first-half chances came just before the break as midfielder Charles Aranguiz fired wide under intense pressure from Germany defender Kevin Grosskreutz.
Then Juventus' Arturo Vidal fired over the bar moments later.
The Chileans found plenty of holes to exploit in the German defense, especially down the flanks.
Chile dominated the second half.

   
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