2017 Confederations Cup Recap: Goals, Saves, and Vladimir Putin
3-minute Recap of the 2017 Confederations Cup Going into the Final on Sunday
By Quibbl Sports Editor Kahlil Ellis and Matt Lieberman
- A Review of the Cup so far
- Links to match & player highlights
Already know all about the Cup? Click here for our preview of the Final and Third Place Match.
With the NBA and NHL seasons coming to a close, in the eyes of the casual American sports fan, not much seems to happening in sports this summer. Not too many know, but for the last two weeks, some of the biggest names in sports have taken part in some of the finest soccer play of the year. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup takes place in one of the hottest locations in Western media, Russia.
The Cup has been seen as a chance for Russian President Vladimir Putin to show the world that his country is capable of hosting a major soccer tournament, as we gear up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Confederations Cup Final will take place on Sunday at 8PM Eastern. For those who are just catching up on the tournament, Quibbl has got you covered with a recap of the group play and semi-finals.
What You Need To Know about Group A:
Final Group A standings (advancing teams in bold):
Portugal (2-1-0, 7 points)
Mexico (2-1-0, 7 points)
Russia (1-0-2, 3 points)
New Zealand (0-0-3, 0 points)
- Quibbl’s Man of the Group: Forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, who else? The Real Madrid star netted two goals during group play.
- Young Star: Mexico’s 21-year-old Hirving Lozano, who gave his country the lead with this highlight header. Mexico qualified for the Confederations by winning the 2015 CONCACAF Cup.
- Standout keeper: Rui Patricio of Portugal. Over the course of group play, the reigning Euro Champion had seven saves and a 77.8 save percentage over the course of group play, including clean sheets against both New Zealand and Russia.
- Highlight goal: Mexico forward Javier Hernández put a header away to get even with Portugal.
- No surprise here, powerhouse Portugal, led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, finished Group Play with a 2-2-1 record and +5 goal differential, shutting out New Zealand 4-0 along the way.
- Things go heated in an altercation during the Mexico-New Zealand match, in which a hard slide tackle led to both teams being carded. It looks like these two teams are out of the running for the FIFA Fair Play award.
What you need to know about Group B:
Final Group B standings (advancing teams in bold):
Germany (2-1-0, 7 points)
Chile (1-2-0, 5 points)
Australia (0-2-1, 2 points)
Cameron (0-1-2, 1 point)
- Quibbl’s Man of the Group: Forward Timo Werner of Germany. Against Cameroon, Lerner became the first player in German national team history to score two goals in a Confederations Cup match. Germany, of course, qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup in dramatic fashion.
- Young Star: Midfielder Joshua Kimmich of Germany. The 22-year-old provided two assists in group play, one for Leon Goretzka against Australia and the other for Timo Werner against Cameroon.
- Standout keeper: Marc-André ter Stegen of Germany. The Barcelona star let up only two goals in two matches, marking an impressive 80 save percentage.
- Highlight goal: Midfielder Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon) used his touch to put one past Australia’s Maty Ryan. Cameroon qualified for the tournament by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in February.
- No surprise here: The illustrious World Cup Champions, Germany, finished Group Play with a 2-1-1 record and +3 Goal Differential to edge out Cameroon and Australia in the Cup.
- Making history: Former Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez net his 38th national goal against Germany to become Chile’s all-time leading scorer. Chile qualified for the Confederations Cup by winning the 2015 Copa América.
What you need to know about the Semifinals:
Semi-final 1 – Portugal vs. Chile
- Final result: Portugal 0-0 Chile. The game went to penalties, where Chile dominated 3-0.
- Budweiser Man of the Match: Claudio Bravo of Chile. The Manchester City goalkeeper made three straight penalty saves to send Chile to the Final to face Germany on Sunday.
- Highlight goal: Alexis Sanchez scored Chile’s third and final goal in penalties. The rest is history.
Semi-final 2 – Germany vs. Mexico
- Final result: Germany 4-1 Mexico, FT.
- Budweiser Man of the Match: Leon Goretzka of Germany. The match’s leading goal-scorer netted back-to-back goals in the 6th and 8th minutes to push Germany to a 2-0 lead, setting a dominant tone early on.
- Highlight goal: Marco Fabian (Mexico) scored on a free-kick screamer from quite the distance.
The 2014 World Cup Champions Germany will take place on Chile in the Confederations Cup Final Sunday, July 2 at 2PM Eastern on FS1. The Third Place Match tips off Sunday morning at 8AM Eastern.
To learn more about the upcoming final match (Germany vs. Chile) and third place match (Portugal vs. Mexico), click here.
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