Chile set up Portugal tie in semis

World champs Germany to take on Mexico for a place in final

Chile set up Portugal tie in semis

Chile reached the Confederations Cup semifinals on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Australia, who muscled the South Americans out of their stride but exited the tournament after wasting their chances.

Chile capitalised on a defensive mistake to equalise through substitute Martin Rodriguez in the 67th minute of the Group B game after Australia took the lead with a James Troisi goal in the 42nd.

Australia, needing a two-goal win to qualify, squandered an opportunity to go two ahead when Trent Sainsbury volleyed wildly.

The Australians, with forward Tim Cahill making his 100th appearance, missed further chances in the second half.

Chile, who face European champions Portugal in the last four on Wednesday, came second in the group with five points, two behind Germany.


Meanwhile in Sochi, Germany eased into the last four stage with a 3-1 win over Cameroon as the VAR system was again thrust into the spotlight when the on-field official needed two reviews of an incident to reach the right verdict.

Colombian Wilmar Roldan consulted the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany's Emre Can saw Cameroon captain Sebastien Siani wrongfully receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity.

But even then Roldan did not come up with the right outcome as he simply switched the colour of Siani’s card to red. It was only after Cameroon's players insisted he review the incident again that he realised his error, rescinded Siani's sending-off and instead flashed the red card to the correct culprit Mabouka.

Semfinal lineup: Portugal vs Chile (Wednesday); Germany vs Mexico (Thursday).

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