Germany crowned FIFA Confederations Cup champions

Germany were crowned FIFA Confederations Cup champions for the first time as they beat Chile 1-0, while Portugal came from behind to pip Mexico 2-1 in the third/fourth playoffs.

Chile 0-1 Germany

Germany emerged at the top of the pile in the 2017 Confederations Cup after they clinched a narrow 1-0 win over Chile in the final at the Krestovsky Stadium.

It was another feather in the cap for Joachim Low and his team as they opened the scoring in the first half and survived a late onslaught from the Copa America champions to win the tournament for the first time.

La Roja made a strong start and Arturo Vidal drew an early save out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a narrow-angle on the left after Alexis Sanchez had surged through the middle in the second minute.

Eduardo Vargas found space for a shot from 22 yards out that flew over the crossbar on 11 minutes and he tested Ter Stegen two minutes later with an effort from just outside the area after the Germans gave away possession.

Instead it was Die Mannschaft who broke the deadlock against the run of play on 20 minutes when a mistake from Marcelo Diaz was pounced on by Timo Werner, who drew Claudio Bravo before squaring for Lars Stindl to tap home into an open net from close range.

The world champions were buoyed by their goal and Leon Goretzka went close with an angled strike on the right that flew wide of the far post on 36 minutes, while Julian Draxler lashed wide of the left post from the edge of the box four minutes later after being picked out by Werner's cutback.

Another defensive error from Chile nearly let Germany in again on the stroke of half-time, but Goretzka was denied by Bravo after being played in by Draxler, who passed up the chance to shoot himself.

The Chileans piled on the pressure in the second half as they looked to turn the tide, although Draxler threatened at the other end on 55 minutes as he broke into the area on the left and saw his shot deflected wide of the right post.

Vargas hooked a shot at Ter Stegen in the 74th minute after Charles Aranguiz had found him inside the area, while Vidal blazed over from seven yards out moments later when Sanchez had been blocked off on the left.

Aranguiz forced Ter Stegen into a fingertip save with his strike from the right side of the area on 80 minutes and Anyelo Sagal wasted their best chance four minutes later when he blasted over from just six yards out after being picked out by Edson Puch's cutback from the left byline.

Sanchez had one final opportunity in stoppage time from a free-kick 22 yards out that he curled around the wall, but Ter Stegen denied him with a top-notch one-handed save.