LFC midfielder Emre Can was brought on in the second half of Germany’s 1-0 Confederations Cup final win over Chile on Sunday evening.
Germany proved their pedigree in yet another international tournament as they sealed Confederations Cup glory with a 1-0 win over Chile Russia’s Krestovsky Stadium last night.
The four-time world champions made just one change to the team that started the 4-1 semi-final victory over Mexico during the week, with Liverpool’s Emre Can once again resigned to starting from the bench.
Despite Chile boasting what looked a stronger XI on paper, it was the Germans who went ahead inside the opening 20 minutes as reported Liverpool target Timo Werner pounced on a loose ball, sliding it across to Lars Stindl who tapped home.
The game was an entertaining contest and despite Chile continuing to throw all they had at Joachim Löw’s young German side, the European powerhouse once again proved their ability to cope with pressure no matter the situation.
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With 12 minutes to go, Can replaced Timo Werner in an effort from Löw to shore up the German midfield and the Liverpool man did his job perfectly, ruffling the feathers of the Chilean players and doing his best to make himself a nuisance.
Despite a few nervy late moments, Germany held fast and dug deep to keep the Chileans at bay, holding onto their one goal lead right until the last.
Can will now jet off on holiday before reconvening with the rest of his Liverpool teammates at Melwood in a couple of weeks time, just before they head off on their pre-season tour of Hong Kong.
The Reds will play friendlies in the Asian country against Crystal Palace and one of West Brom/Leicester.
Congratulations to Emre and all his German teammates!