Germany were very good in that second half; they have so many players it's frankly embarrassing. Today it was Demirbay and Werner who especially impressed; who knows who it'll be next time. See you then!
- 2nd Half
- BassogogToko Ekambi82'
- Sutchuin DjoumNgamaleu58'
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so Germany stay in Sochi for the semi-final; they'll play Mexico on Wednesday. Chile will meet Portugal in Kazan on Tuesday.
Full-time: Germany 3-1 Cameroon
Plattenhardt hauls down Aboubakar and is booked.
Can pokes the ball past Ekambi and Teikeu then dives through the gap, leaving a foot dangling;he does well to avoid a booking.
Germany are still chasing everything; that's the beauty of young players, and lots of them.
There shall be four added minutes.
Lovely from Younes! He arrives in the box, left-hand side, and with the outside of his right foot megs Teikeu before sliding a shot just wide of the near post.
Weird to think that Ondoa can't get into Sevilla's B team; he saves again, after the excellent Brandt plays in Younes.
Detail is everything.
So nearly a hat-trick for Werner! Younes, out on the left, slides a clever pass into space for Can, who moves into the box and picks a similar one behind the line for Werner. He looks offside and probably is too, but it's close and the ref lets play go; Ondoa does really well to block the shot.
GOAL! Germany 3-1 Cameroon (Werner) Another very nicely crafted effort. Brandt slides down the right for Henrichs, who snaps back a ball from the line ... and Werner makes a perfect connection, his finish spinning high into the net towards the far post.
Younes is involved immediately, sliding a cross into the box for Brandt, who opens his body and guides a finish towards the far post which Ondoa pushes out.
Younes replaces Draxler.
GOAL! Germany 2-1 Cameroon (Aboubakar) Cameroon attack for the first time in a while and Ngamaeu is given the ball in space down the right. He crosses immediately, playing into the near post, and Ter Stegen gets into stance, waiting for it to arrive in his gloves. But Aboubakar makes a fine run to intercept, nodding home, and the keeper is not at all happy.
Brandt, who was impressive against Australia, replaces Demirbay.
This group is pretty much sorted now. Germany will win it, Chile will go through in second.
Germany take off Rudy, who's on a booking, and bring on Henrichs. He goes to right-back with Kimmich mooching into midfield.
Things have slowed somewhat.
Cameroon are taking the 0-2; Guihota, a defender, replaces Moukandjou, a winger.
Chilay have equalised against Australia. They and Germany look set to go through.
Werner hasn't played that well these last few games, but his liveliness means he can't be relaxed against. I can see why Liverpool have been linked with him - he's a very Klopp player.
LOVELY GOAL! Germany 2-0 Cameroon (Werner) Sule brings the ball out and drives an excellent pass out to Kimmich. He drives a cross back towards the opposite side of the box where Werner, who's looked really lively, is clever enough to allow a bounce before diving low to head across Ondoa. Superbly taken, because most would've thrashed at that.
The game continues.
IT'S A RED FOR MABOUKA! WELL THAT ONLY TOOK SEVERAL MINUTES, NO INTERRUPTION TO THE FLOW WHATSOEVER! SEAMLESS!
...AND THE REF SENDS OFF SIANI! HE RETURNS TO THE VIDEO TO CHECK IF IT'S THE RIGHT MAN!
The ref orders a review of the booking....
Can raises his foot to tame a high ball and along comes Mabouka, foot even higher, imprinting studs on thigh. The ref, er, books Siani.
Lovely from Anguissa - he looks a player - spinning to flick just outside the box, finding Ngamaleu. He slides square for Aboubakar, but in moving the ball into stride it gets under his feet and his ill-hit shot slides just wide.
Good old Claudio.
Ngamaleu replaces Djoum.
Teikeu goes down, so we have a little break.
Cameroon are rocking; Germany are rolling. Can slides a lovely pass into Werner, Ondoa doing brilliantly to charge him and snaffle a touch and he shoots. The ball winds up with Kimmich on the right of the box and he drives low, Ondoa doing really well again to shovel behind.
Draxler's turning it up now, drifting into space in midfield and finding Werner. He looks full of confidence, stopping, pulling the ball wider than necessary, and shooting ... but slicing wide.
Germany are playing with a little more vim this half - if Cameroon chase the game, they're in all sorts of trouble.
That was a lovely goal. I'm not sure it'll ever happen, but a midfield of Goretzka and Demirbay would be delicious.
Oh ja! GOAL! Germany 1-0 Cameroon (Demirbay) Lovely turn in midfield from Demirbay, and he finds Draxler, running off him as a deft drag-back and return is performed. Even then, he's on the edge of the box with the ball on his less good right foot, but manages to concentrate hard enough to strike across a shot which soars into the near top corner!
German football Twitter loves bantz. Oh ja!
Demirbay finds some space outside the box, and with nothing on looks to flight a shot at goal. He can't quite decide whether it should be chip or curler, though, so just sends it over the bar instead.
Ok, we all do, but you know what I mean.
So, an alright half in which Germany were the better side, also creating the better chances. But Cameroon had their moments too, and if they can turn it up in the second half - perhaps taking a few more risks - who knows.
Half-time: Germany 0-0 Cameroon
There shall be one added minute.
Mabouka has time to measure a cross - Ginter dives for it over Moukandjou and misses - and so the ball arrives at Anguissa, towards the back post. It's bouncing, so rather than put his foot through it and risk making a mess, he punches a sidefooter that Ter Stegen has to tip over. He then does an excellent job catching the resultant corner under pressure.
In Moscow, Australia lead Chile 1-0. If they can nab another and if this game finishes in a draw, they'll go through. Yeah, alright, I know.
Glenn Hoddle notes that Germany have a back-three and as such one of them should be bringing the ball forward. But then Draxlert finds a ball out to Plattenhardt who delivers another good cross - low this time - which Werner slides against Ondoa. Turns out he's offside.
Aboubakar finds himself on halfway with no one either side, so having noted Ter Stegen off his line he tries a driven chip which drifts five yards wide.
Djoum takes possession out on the left and waves his foot over the ball, intimating a backheel or missing a backhell - it's hard to tell. So Kimmich runs into him and Cameroon have a free-kick, close to the top corner of the box ... Moukandjou curls it towards the back post, and Rudiger just about backs it away from Djoum, stood behind him.
Siani frees Basssogog, somehow on the left, and he screeches towards the box. But instead of seeking to shoot he espies the teeniest of gaps between Plattenhardt, somehow on the right, and Rudy. Between them they smother the danger.
Cameroon haven't attacked in quite some time.
Yer Germanys win a free-kick down the left which Plattenhardt curls in - like Hector, who he replaced, he can cross. And this one picks out Rudigder, but Anguisas, recognising that he's in trouble, backs away and blocks the header.
Draxler, who's been disappointing in this close-season, takes the ball out on the left with his back to goal and spins away from two challenges. He makes nothing more of it, but that was promising; his sleight of foot is a joy to behold.
Can finds Rudy, outside the box and left of centre. He wipes his right foot across the ball, which duly whoshes high and wide.
Germany are opening up now and they move the ball through Rudy, Werner and Can, taking it from right to left. It ends up with Plattenhardt, and he swerves in a lovely cross! All Kimmich has to do is nod it home, or leave it for Demirbay to tap in! Instead he bundles wide! Oh dear, dear me!
Cameroon aren't really pressing, so it's hard for Germany to find space. But then Plattenhardt slides a ball in behind Mabouka for Draxler, and when he cuts back to the edge, Can does really well to shimmy left the move right, opening an angle for the shot. He places it just wide of the far post.
Germany are starting to enjoy some phizog-time with the ball now. They don't look threatening, but it's a start.
Much respect to Clive Tyldesley's commitment to pronouncing Chile "Chilay".
Nice from Bassogog down the right, snapping a cross into the box for Anguissa. He might swivel and shoot but decides to set for Aboubakar instead. Naturally, he fires against the nearest defender.
Lovely interplay between Kimmich and Werner down the right before the latter decides to cut-back when he might've shot - a bad call. But turns out he's offside anyway.
Fai beats Draxler to the ball and feeds Moukandjou, weaving down the left. But he quickly runs out of position and that's that.
Tyldesley was saying that one of the German papers had a team for the next World Cup in it; and a team, and a team, and a team. Their first XI might not be that good, but the rest of it, dear me.
Kimmich crosses from the right and Ondoa flies out to punch clear, just ahead of Draxler.
Siani smuggles the ball into Djoum just outside the box, and he diddles Can beautifully, making outside and coming inside. But he decides the angle isn't right for a shot so tries to improve it by going back the other way and makes it worse. His eventual effort is smothered at source.
No one bothered to tell Clive Tyldesley that Djoum was replacing Mandjeck. Don't they know who he is?
Rudiger hits the divine Kimmich with a diag but Ngadeu is alert and tempts yerman into a foul.
Fai bends in a cross from the left, flighting it directly into Ter Stegen's arms.
Siani picks off Rudy in midfield and the ball ends up[ with Bassogog on the right, but he's quickly crowded out. He's nowhere near as useful from a standing start.
Germany are playing 3-4-3, Cameroon their usual 4-3-3/4-5-1 affair. Things are pretty sedate thus far.
It's a pleasant day in Sochi, he said from north-west London. Provided you're - well, you fill in the rest.
Great ta kna!
So, off we go with apologies for the slight delay - stuff crashed. Anyway, Germany need a point to be certain of the semis, Cameroon a win by two.
The players are out and we're enjoying some anthems. Some antha?
Low notes that Rudiger has more pace than Mustafi hence his selection. Amazing, how much Arsenal paid for the latter; the third most expensive defender of all-time!
Dropped, now, ah, we've loved you all along, we were just saving you...
Against Australia, Aboubakar had the finest nightmare I've seen in ages; let's hope for more of the same this afternoon. I wonder, though, if Cameroon's pace, movement and familiarity might cause problems for Germany's ad hoc defence.
Quiz time: what's the connection between Sepp Herberger and this?
In what aspect?
Joachim Low loves messing about. Out go Mustafi, Hector, the lovely Goretzka and Stindl; in come Plattenhardt, Demirbay, Werner and Rudiger. Or, put another way, Germany have so many players it's silly. Cameroon omit Djoum; in comes Mandjeck.
Shall we have some teams? I think we shall. Good. Thanks. No problem. Pleasures all mine.
Afternoon all. We've been without football for a few seconds, so blessedly, here's some more. Eyes down for Germany v Cameroon!