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KAZAN---Alexis Sanchez struck
early to become Chile's all-time
leading scorer yesterday as the
South American champions were
held by Germany's young squad to a
1-1 draw that left both teams in good
position to advance to the semifi-
nals of the Confederations Cup.
Sanchez netted his 38th goal with
the Chilean national team by poking
the ball into the net with his left foot
after a smart pass by Arturo Vidal in
the sixth minute.
The ball hit the near post before
crossing the line to allow the Arsenal
forward to pass the 37 goals scored by
Sanchez was making his debut in
Chile's starting lineup at the Confed-
erations Cup after recovering from an
ankle sprain that restricted him to only a
few minutes off the bench in the open-
ing win against Cameroon.
Germany, with only three players
from its World Cup-winning team,
played catch-up most of time against
the more experienced Chileans, but it
was able to earn the draw after Lars
Stindl scored from close range in a
counterattack just before halftime.
The result left both teams with four
points each in Group B, three more
than Australia and Cameroon, which
played a 1-1 draw earlier Thursday in
Chile, trying to win its first major
international tournament after win-
ning consecutive Copa America titles,
was in control for most of the match
in front of 38,222 fans at Kazan Arena,
holding on to possession and creating
chances with Sanchez and Eduardo
Vargas up front.
It opened the scoring after a pass by
Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi
was intercepted by Sanchez near the
box. Arturo Vidal picked up the ball and
quickly sent it back to Sanchez. The ball
hit the near post before crossing the line
as Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter
Stegen could only watch.
Germany, with a lineup slightly
changed from the opening win against
Australia, equalised in the 41st after Jo-
nas Hector received a pass behind the
Chilean defenders on the left side of the
area and made a well-timed cross for
Stindl's close-range goal.
Vargas, who has 34 goals with Chile's
national team, almost added to the lead
in the first half with a booming right-
foot shot that struck the crossbar.
Sanchez came close to scoring his
second goal just a few minutes later
with a low left-foot shot that required
a difficult save by Ter Stegen.
Chile was still without regular start-
ing goalkeeper Claudio Bravo because
of a left calf injury.
Stindl, right, is
by his team-
Draxler, left, and
after he scored
Cup, Group B
Chile, at the
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ST PETERSBURG---Cameroon and
Australia drew 1-1 yesterday in a
physical game that left both teams
facing early exits from the Confed-
The result extends a winless run at
FIFA tournaments for two teams that
each lost their opening game in Russia
and all three matches at the 2014 World
Cup in Brazil.
Cameroon took the lead in first-half
stoppage time when Andre-Frank Zam-
bo Anguissa deftly flicked the ball over
advancing Australia goalkeeper Mat
Ryan after running on to a lofted long
The goal was loudly cheered by Rus-
sian fans who led chants of "Cam-ay-
roon" in the second half, trying to help
lift the African champion to victory.
Australia captain Mark Milligan lev-
elled the score from the penalty spot in
the 60th minute. The decision to penal-
ise a trip on wing-back Alex Gersbach
was confirmed by a video review shown
on the stadium screens.
Cameroon forward Vincent Abou-
bakar spurned three clear chances in
the second half as his team showed
more verve and technical skill.
If it was no surprise that Cameroon
led at half-time, with its 11th attempt,
the source of the goal was.
Midfielder Zambo Anguissa ran deep
into the Australia defence to collect a
long ball that overshot centre forward
The 21-year-old Zambo Anguissa
showed awareness to lift the ball gen-
tly over goalkeeper Ryan.
Russian fans in a 35,021 crowd
showed which side most were on by
roaring for the Cameroon lead which
rewarded a strong finish to a half that
began slowly and got physical.
Cameroon faces Germany in the final
group game on Sunday, when Australia
plays Chile. (AP)
Australia draw 1-1
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