With just one point in two matches, African representative in the on-going Confederations Cup, Cameroon, mustÂ win against Germany in their last group game for a chance to forge ahead in the competition
TÂ he Germans played out a 1-1Â draw with Chile in their second group outing after a 3-2 win over Australia in their first match.
A point from todayâ€™s game against Cameroon will see Germany seal a place in the semi finals next week but defeat could see them tumble out depending on the result of the other game.
Africa Cup of Nations winners, Cameroon, were in front in their match against Australia but they were pegged back and had to settle for a point. The Lions had lost their first game against Chile -2-0 and only a win today will give them a prolonged stay in the tournament.
Group B remains delicately poised after a day of 1-1 draws that left all four teams in exactly the same positions they held on Thursday morning. More importantly, none of the quartet are yet assured of a place in the last four or consigned to elimination, though Chile and Germany remain well placed to qualify due to the three-point cushion separating them from Australia and Cameroon.
The mutual respect that exists between the joint-leaders was evident throughout a high-quality Kazan encounter in which Alexis Sanchez made history. His sixth-minute opener was the FIFA Confederations Cup’s 400th goal and, more significantly, took him past Marcelo Salas as La Roja’s all-time leading scorer.
While Cameroon and Australia remain winless and rooted to the foot of the table, neither is giving up hope of a third-match upset that could propel them into the semi-finals.