Chile held by Germany, Australia also draw

Wednesday's Confederations Cup action served up more drama, but there were no winners as Australia and Germany battled back for draws.

Cameroon 1-1 Australia

The Video Assistant Referee came to the fore again as a controversial penalty earned Australia a 1-1 draw with Cameroon at the Krestovsky Stadium.

The African champions were the better team in the first half and they went into the break 1-0 up after breaking the deadlock in stoppage time.

But the Socceroos improved in the second half and were let back into the contest when the VAR ruled that the referee's decision to award a spot-kick had been the right one, despite replays suggesting otherwise.

The contentious penalty gave Ange Postecoglou's side a point that kept their Confederations Cup hopes alive with one game left to play in Group B.

The Indomitable Lions made the brighter start in St Petersburg and created the first chance early on when Benjamin Moukandjo set up Vincent Aboubakar to fire wide on the half-volley.

But the Australians began to find their stride and went close from Tom Rogic's free-kick that he curled over the crossbar before Mathew Leckie skied Alex Gersbach's cross.

Moukandjo and Aboubakar combined again on 37 minutes which led to a shot from the FC Porto striker that went straight at Mathew Ryan, but the keeper was beaten on the stroke of half-time after being caught off his line.

Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui released Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa with a lofted pass and the Marseille midfielder flicked the ball into the back of the net over the advancing Ryan.

Tomi Juric squandered a glorious chance to level the scoreline two minutes after the restart as he blazed over the target following good work from Leckie to find him in space.

The game's major talking point arrived in the 59th minute when Gersbach went down under a challenge from Ernest Mabouka inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. TV replays showed that Mabouka had played the ball but the VAR upheld the penalty call.

Mark Milligan made no mistake from 12 yards out to restore parity, although Aboubakar should have fired Cameroon back in front moments later when he sliced over from a couple of yards out.

Aboubakar had another opportunity to secure victory 12 minutes from time, but he failed to test Ryan with a header from close range.

Germany 1-1 Chile

Group A remains wide open after Germany came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw against Chile at the Kazan Arena.

The South American champions got off to a flying start when the opened the scoring after just six minutes and they continued to cause problems for Die Mannschaft in the first half.

But Joachim Low's side hit back just before half-time and they held firm in the second half to come away with a share of the spoils.

La Roja and the Germans were battling it out for top spot in the group, and the former started in bright fashion when a loose pass from Shkodran Mustafi was pounced on by Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez, who played a one-two with Arturo Vidal before toke-poking home in off the left post from eight yards out.

It was Sanchez's 38th international goal – and the 400th of the Confederations Cup – as he became Chile's all-time leading top scorer.

The Germans looked to respond with Lars Stindl forcing a sharp save out of Johnny Herrera, but the back-to-back Copa America winners almost doubled their advantage when Eduardo Vargas crashed a shot against the crossbar from 20 yards out.

The world champions hadn't offered much in the attacking final third, but Emre Can initiated the move that got them back into the contest on 41 minutes as he surged forward from inside his own half and played in Jonas Hector on the left, and the FC Koln left-back sent a dangerous cross into the six-yard box where Stindl converted with an out-stretched boot.

Sanchez produced a fine one-handed save out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen with his low strike from outside the area moments before the break as the two teams headed into the tunnel all-square.

Sanchez threatened again with a deft free-kick on the right that went narrowly wide the near post early in the second half, while Vidal and Vargas failed to test Ter Stegen with their respective efforts.

Stindl had a chance to grab victory for Germany in the closing stages, but Herrera just about dealt with his shot to ensure Chile a point that kept them tied with the 2014 World Cup winners at the head of the group.