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Germany battled their way to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup title on Sunday, beating Chile 1-0 in a tight final in Russia.

Lars Stindl gave the Germans a first-half lead against the run of play, taking advantage of some dreadful defending.

Chile went close on several occasions after the break, but their top stars faltered in front of goal.

La Roja came out with intensity and threatened early, with Alexis Sanchez putting Marc-Andre ter Stegen to work with a shot from range. Arturo Vidal could have opened the scoring after just five minutes, running into Ter Stegen, and the Bayern Munich man went close again with another hard drive.

Die Mannschaft made one mistake after the other but weren’t punished, as Sanchez should have finished a routine rebound after a poor save by Ter Stegen but somehow missed the target.

And as is so often the case, their wastefulness was punished. Marcelo Diaz gifted Timo Werner the ball, and the forward played in Stindl, who produced the easy finish.

Chile tried to respond, and Charles Aranguiz came within inches of deviating a cross home. On the other side of the pitch, Leon Goretzka blasted a shot wide, and the midfielder should have done more with the chance.

Julian Draxler pulled a shot wide before the final chance of the half fell to Goretzka, who nearly took advantage of another horrendous miscue, this time by Gonzalo Jara.

Draxler nearly pushed the first chance of the half in goal before tempers flared, as Joshua Kimmich went into Claudio Bravo and the Chileans responded in kind. Vidal was booked for shoving his Bayern team-mate, who also saw a yellow card.

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