Germany and Chile both qualified for the knockouts as the Confederations Cup group stages drew to a close.

  • Alexis played 90 minutes in Chile’s draw with Australia
  • Mustafi rested for Germany’s final group match against Cameroon
  • Bellerin also rested for Spain U21s

Alexis Sanchez played 90 minutes for Chile as his side laboured to a 1-1 draw with Australia in their final group game of the Confederations Cup.

The Chileans only needed a point to qualify for the semi-finals but found Australia to be tough opposition. Australia even took the lead before half-time through a delicate finish from James Troisi.

Victory by a two-margin would have been enough to overtake Chile in the group, but Australia were inevitably pegged back thanks to a goal from Martin Rodriguez.

A draw was enough to send Chile through as runners-up. They will play Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in the first semi-final of the Confederations Cup on Wednesday.

In the other group game, Shkodran Mustafi was left out of Germany’s team against Cameroon and watched on as Joachim Low’e side might light work of the African Cup of Nations champions.

A second half goal from Hoffenheim’s Kerem Demirbay and a brace from Leipzig’s Timo Werner helped Germany cruise to a 3-1 victory. They will play Mexico in the other semi-final on Thursday.

Else where, Hector Bellerin was rested for Spain’s final group match against Serbia in the U21 European Championships as La Roja ran out 1-0 winners.

The win makes Spain the only team in the competition with a 100% record. They will play Italy in the second semi-final tomorrow night.

Calum Chambers and Rob Holding will be in the England U21 squad that faces Germany in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

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