Germany brace themselves for Chile test

Sanchez's goal - the 400th of the tournament - was his 38th for Chile and takes him top of his nation's goalscoring charts while it also injected his team with confidence in Russian Federation.

"We have to improve a lot, we only have a short time together, have to play with more concentration and take our chances", said Wagner, the eldest player in the Germany squad at 29. "I will just try to help the team in the coming games".

Suffering from an ankle sprain, Sanchez did not start the first game of the pre-World Cup tournament, playing only a few minutes in the win over Cameroon.

A quieter second half did not produce a winning goal, meaning Chile and Germany stay level on four points at the top of Group B, three clear of Australia and Cameroon, who also drew 1-1 earlier on Thursday.

"I saw a very intense match that was really marked by very strategic play".

"Even though we conceded a goal we were able to come back and even though this is an inexperienced team, they still played at a high level".

"Against Chile it will be entirely different", said Loew, who will be trying to win his 100th match as Germany's national team coach. After beating Chile's pressure, Germany broke forward, with Emre Can spraying the ball wide for Jonas Hector.

Chile opened the scoring after a pass by Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi was intercepted by Sanchez near the box.

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The referee poured cold water on Chile's goal celebrations by appearing to call for a video reply, possibly to look at a scything tackle by Mustafi on Vidal, although the goal was quickly confirmed.

Both sides are amongst the favourites to win the 2017 Confed Cup in the St Petersburg final on July 2.

La Roja almost doubled their lead in the 20th minute through Eduardo Vargas, but the striker's effort from the edge of the box rattled the crossbar with Ter Stegen well beaten.

Sanchez came close to scoring his second goal just a few minutes later with a low left-foot shot that required a hard save by Ter Stegen.

Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, however, will be sidelined again because of a left calf injury.

Earlier, Australia's captain Mark Milligan converted a second-half penalty as the Socceroos fought back to draw with Cameroon to leave both teams facing an early exit.

Both teams have four points from two games and only need a point in their final group game to be sure of a semi-final berth.

The Confederations Cup 2017 Group B match between Germany and Chile is set to start at 9:00 pm local time, 11:30 pm IST and 2:00 pm EST.

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