African champions Cameroon crash out of Confederations Cup

The semi-finals, to be staged on 28 and 29 July, pits Portugal against Chile and Group B winners Germany with Mexico.

Cameroon were gifted a way back into the match when Marc-Andre ter Stegen let Aboubakar's header burst through his gloves in what was a poor goal to concede for the Barcelona keeper. He was finally rewarded for his fine performances in the Bundesliga last season, where he was the top-scoring German in the league.

Joachim Loew remains wary of the threat posed by Cameroon as the Germany coach bids to maintain his decade-long record of reaching the semi-finals at major tournaments in the Confederations Cup today.

But their hopes of a comeback were effectively extinguished when Mabouka was eventually dismissed for a risky challenge on Can, referee Wilmar Roldan first booking Siani and then producing a red card for the midfielder before reviewing the footage a second time on the protests of Cameroon players.

"To play 100 games for your country, to score at three World Cups. and he didn't start his worldwide career until he was 24, not because of ability but because of other factors, so he could be sitting here with 120, 130 caps".

Meanwhile, Chile joined group leaders Germany in the knock-out phase following a 1-1 draw with Australia.

"We're not happy to be going home but we more than held our own".

In the 36th minute, Australia sprang to life, with Massimo Luongo forcing Claudio Bravo into an excellent close-range save after a brilliant chipped setup by James Troisi.

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"I was quite excited when we got them in the draw", he said on Saturday.

"Everybody who came in wanted to show the boss they could contribute, and I thought we did that".

Postecoglou praised veteran forward Tim Cahill as Australia's captain made his 100th global appearance.

Cahill, who plays in the Hyundai A-League with Melbourne City, will win his 100th cap if he takes the field at Spartak Stadium side's must-win Confederations Cup clash with Chile and Postecoglou described the 37-year-old as a "great Australian who transcends sport".

Alexis Sanchez then managed to get clear but the ball was taken off his foot by Ryan Milligan's last-ditch tackle.

Arturo Vidal almost replied instantly when his stooping header was blocked on the line by Milligan with the rebound eluding Jose Fuenzalida.

Germany had an easier ticket, beating hard-fighting Cameroon 3-1, with all the goals scored in the second half in the match played at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

They paid for those misses when Rodriguez turned the ball in from Eduardo Vargas' header after the Australia defender failed to clear an attack.

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