FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany Trying To Secure Semi-Final Spot vs. Cameroon
By Peter Phillips
World Cup Champions Germany needs a win against Cameroon to advance to the semi-finals of the Confederates Cup, while Cameroon needs to win by three goals to advance to the second round. The match will take place this coming Sunday at 11 AM. ET.
Germany was expected to breeze through Group B but the team hasn’t played as well as expected. The Germans squeaked by lowly Australia 3-2 in their first match, before playing to a 1-1 draw against Chile in their second match. The win and draw gave them four points but they are stuck in second place because Chile (with also four points) has a better goal differential.
Germany has stacked four goals for the tournament so far and three of them came against Australia, the very team that has allowed the most goals in the tournament incidentally.
CAF champions Cameroon didn’t have high expectations coming in and after two games have only one point to their record, however, thanks to Germany and Chile playing to a draw, the African champions still have a chance to advance to the next round as long as they win decisively against Germany.
Australia showed it is possible to score against Germany, but Cameroon will have a tough time doing so because they have only scored one goal so far and are tied with New Zealand as the worst offensive team in the tournament.
Even though Joachim Low doesn’t have his full squad, the Germans have proven that they can put up goals. The only question is: will their defense hold up?
As previously mentioned, the German defense has been shaky so far, which has caused the team to give up three goals in two games. Their three goals allowed put them in a tie with Mexico for the second most goals allowed in the tournament.
Despite their defensive struggles, there is no cause for concern for the Germans heading into this game against Cameroon, who have had trouble finding the back of the net in the tournament.
Defensively, Cameroon hasn’t fared better than Germany, and the team has allowed three goals as well. However, their offense hasn’t been able to hide their defensive issues.
Cameroon has no room left for defensive errors, as the offensive Germans will certainly look for ways to capitalize on any of them.
Also, Cameroon has to be wary of Germany’s quick strike ability and avoid getting into an early hole. If they can prevent early goals from the Germans, they will give themselves a better chance to win the match.
Since both teams need the three points from this game, expect them to field their best available players in what should be a tough game. The last time the two countries played the game finished in a draw and both teams will be trying to avoid the same result this time around.
Germany vs. Cameroon Pick
This is a game Cameroon really needs, and I expect them to come prepared to battle. All things considered, the Germans are stronger and more talented than their opponents and should be able to get the win. Germany wins a close game.
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