Leon Goretzka's early brace helps Germany beat Mexico in semifinal
Germany 4 - 1 Mexico

Leon Goretzka's early brace helps Germany beat Mexico in semifinal

Leon Goretzka's two goals staked Germany to an early lead and the world champions cruised past Mexico 4-1 to advance to the Confederations Cup final.

Goretzka had Germany 2-0 up inside eight minutes after scoring a brace in a span of one minute, 48 seconds, before Timo Werner added the third goal in the second half.

Mexico could not respond until Marco Fabian's stunning long-range strike in the 89th-minute, but even that was cancelled out by Amin Younes in stoppage time.

Germany, playing with a mostly experimental squad, advanced to take on Chile in Sunday's final, while Mexico will face Portugal in the third-place playoff.

Goretzka opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a powerful shot after Benjamin Henrichs squared the ball to him at the top of the box.

And less than two minutes later, the Schalke man had his second, this time running onto Timo Werner's through ball and beatig Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa with a shot to the far post.

Werner nearly added a third when he ran in alone on goal in the 19th minute, but this time Ochoa made the save.

Mexico found the footing with a series of chances after the half-hour mark.

First, Germany keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was called upon to make a double save, first from Giovani Dos Santos and then the follow-up from his brother Jonathan.

Two minutes later, Mexico saw their best chance go begging as the ball fell to Javier Hernandez six yards from goal, but the striker put his hurried attempt over the bar.

Hector Herrera's free kick than lofted a few inches too high as Germany entered half-time with their lead still intact.

Werner had another opportunity in the 52 minute as his attempt from an tight angle flashed across the face of goal.

But seven minutes later he finally found his goal, tapping in a cutback from Hector Herrera to go level with Goretzka atop the tournament's Golden Boot race with three.

Mexico had a few more attempts to get back in the game -- substitute Fabian struck the side netting, and Ter Stegen made a good save to deny Miguel Layun.

Raul Jimenez put a 75th-minute attempt off the crossbar, but that was as close as Mexico came to denting Germany's lead until Fabian's blast from distance following a set piece provided a consolation late on.

Younes added a tap-in in the added time to restore Germany's three-goal advantage before the final whistle.

Betting on Confederations Cup? Bet365 are offering a 100% deposit bonus, up to £200 - find out more

Related news

Germany hold off Chile to win Confederations Cup with Stindl goal

Germany hold off Chile to win Confederations Cup with Stindl goal

Lars Stindl struck the only goal of the match as Germany beat Chile 1-0 to win the Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg on Sunday.

Portugal secure third spot in Confed Cup with win over Mexico

Portugal secure third spot in Confed Cup with win over Mexico

Portugal claimed third place in the Confederations Cup with a fiery 2-1 extra-time victory over Mexico in Moscow.

Bravo the hero as Chile stun Portugal on penalties to reach final

Bravo the hero as Chile stun Portugal on penalties to reach final

Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout defeat of Portugal in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday.

Germany ease into semifinals with win over Cameroon

Germany ease into semifinals with win over Cameroon

Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner both scored their first senior international goals as Germany beat 10-man Cameroon 3-1 in Sochi to book their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Chile reach Confed Cup semis after draw against Australia

Chile reach Confed Cup semis after draw against Australia

Chile survived a scare to reach the semifinals of the Confederations Cup with a 1-1 draw against Australia in Moscow.

Ronaldo on target as Portugal ease into semifinals

Ronaldo on target as Portugal ease into semifinals

Portugal coasted to a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St Petersburg to secure their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Mexico-beat-Russia-to-advance-to-Confederations-Cup-semifinals

Mexico-beat-Russia-to-advance-to-Confederations-Cup-semifinals

Mexico advanced to the Confederations Cup semifinals as Group A runners-up by rallying for a 2-1 win over hosts Russia, who were eliminated.

Alexis Sanchez sets Chile goals record in draw with Germany

Alexis Sanchez sets Chile goals record in draw with Germany

Alexis Sanchez became Chile's leading goal scorer but he was unable to celebrate the occasion with a victory after Germany struck back in a 1-1 Confederations Cup draw at the Kazan Arena.

RELATED NEWS

Germany hold off Chile to win Confederations Cup with Stindl goal
Chile 0 - 1 Germany

Germany hold off Chile to win Confederations Cup with Stindl goal

Lars Stindl struck the only goal of the match as Germany beat Chile 1-0 to win the Confederations Cup in Saint Petersburg on Sunday.

Portugal secure third spot in Confed Cup with win over Mexico
Portugal 2 - 1 Mexico

Portugal secure third spot in Confed Cup with win over Mexico

Portugal claimed third place in the Confederations Cup with a fiery 2-1 extra-time victory over Mexico in Moscow.

Bravo the hero as Chile stun Portugal on penalties to reach final
Portugal 0 - 0 (0-3 a.p.) Chile

Bravo the hero as Chile stun Portugal on penalties to reach final

Chile advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a 3-0 penalty shootout defeat of Portugal in Kazan, Russia on Wednesday.

Germany ease into semifinals with win over Cameroon
Germany 3 - 1 Cameroon

Germany ease into semifinals with win over Cameroon

Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner both scored their first senior international goals as Germany beat 10-man Cameroon 3-1 in Sochi to book their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Chile reach Confed Cup semis after draw against Australia
Chile 1 - 1 Australia

Chile reach Confed Cup semis after draw against Australia

Chile survived a scare to reach the semifinals of the Confederations Cup with a 1-1 draw against Australia in Moscow.

Ronaldo on target as Portugal ease into semifinals
New Zealand 0 - 4 Portugal

Ronaldo on target as Portugal ease into semifinals

Portugal coasted to a 4-0 win over New Zealand in St Petersburg to secure their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Mexico-beat-Russia-to-advance-to-Confederations-Cup-semifinals
Mexico 2 - 1 Russia

Mexico-beat-Russia-to-advance-to-Confederations-Cup-semifinals

Mexico advanced to the Confederations Cup semifinals as Group A runners-up by rallying for a 2-1 win over hosts Russia, who were eliminated.

Alexis Sanchez sets Chile goals record in draw with Germany
Chile 1 - 1 Germany

Alexis Sanchez sets Chile goals record in draw with Germany

Alexis Sanchez became Chile's leading goal scorer but he was unable to celebrate the occasion with a victory after Germany struck back in a 1-1 Confederations Cup draw at the Kazan Arena.

22/09/2017
07:30 | Angelique Kerber v Karolina Pliskova - WTA - Tokyo Pan Pacific Open
09:00 | Garbine Muguruza v Caroline Garcia - WTA - Tokyo Pan Pacific Open
11:00 | Caroline Wozniacki v Dominika Cibulkova - WTA - Tokyo Pan Pacific Open
12:00 | ATP 250 - St. Petersburg Open
12:00 | ATP 250 - Metz
12:00 | WTA - Tokyo Pan Pacific Open
13:00 | Laver Cup
13:00 | M.Cilic (Europe) v F.Tiafoe (World) - Laver Cup
13:30 | Roberto Bautista Agut v Viktor Troicki - ATP 250 - St. Petersburg Open
15:00 | Jan-Lennard Struff - Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - ATP 250 - St. Petersburg Open
15:00 | D.Thiem (Europe) v J.Isner (World) - Laver Cup
18:00 | Benoit Paire v David Goffin - ATP 250 - Metz
19:00 | A.Zverev (Europe) v D.Shapovalov (World) - Laver Cup
20:30 | Bayern Munich - Wolfsburg
20:45 | Lille - Monaco
21:00 | T.Berdych / R.Nadal (Europe) v N.Kyrgios / J.Sock (World) - Laver Cup
23/09/2017
12:00 | ATP 250 - St. Petersburg Open
12:00 | ATP 250 - Metz
12:00 | WTA - Tokyo Pan Pacific Open
13:00 | Atletico Madrid - Sevilla
13:30 | West Ham United - Tottenham Hotspur
14:00 | Laver Cup
15:30 | Hoffenheim - Schalke 04
16:00 | Southampton - Manchester United
16:00 | Stoke City - Chelsea
16:00 | Manchester City - Crystal Palace
16:15 | Alaves - Real Madrid
17:00 | Montpellier - PSG
18:30 | Leicester City - Liverpool
18:30 | Borussia Dortmund - Borussia Monchengladbach
20:00 | Olympique Lyon - Dijon
20:45 | Girona - Barcelona
24/09/2017
12:00 | ATP 250 - St. Petersburg Open Final
12:00 | ATP 250 - Metz Final
12:00 | WTA - Wuhan Open
12:00 | WTA - Tokyo Pan Pacific Open
14:00 | Laver Cup
16:00 | Sampdoria - Milan
16:00 | SPAL - Napoli
16:00 | Verona - Lazio
16:00 | Fiorentina - Atalanta
16:00 | Roma - Udinese
16:00 | Inter Milan - Genoa
16:00 | Juventus - Torino
16:15 | Getafe - Villarreal
18:00 | Bayer Leverkusen - Hamburger
20:45 | Real Sociedad - Valencia
21:00 | Olympique Marseille - Toulouse
25/09/2017
12:00 | ATP 250 - Chengdu Open
12:00 | ATP 250 - Shenzhen Open
12:00 | WTA - Wuhan Open
21:00 | Arsenal - West Bromwich
DERBY OF THE WEEK
Leicester City - Liverpool
Derby of the week
18:30
23/09/2017
Derby of the week
W 4.00    
   W 1.85
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores
Free Betting Tips