Germany have added the FIFA Confederations Cup to their bulging collection of trophies, winning this tournament for the first time after holding off an impressive but wasteful Chile side in Saint Petersburg.
They prevailed after the most intriguing of finals, which pitted Russia 2017’s youngest side against its oldest; the tournament’s deadliest attack against its meanest defence.
The match also provided the umpteenth example of Germany’s ability to prevail in seemingly any circumstances, as the world champions survived a relentless Chilean onslaught either side of Lars Stindl’s decisive goal.
La Roja enjoyed 63 per cent of possession and three times as many touches in the opposition half in the first half, and peppered the German goal with shots throughout.
Ultimately, though, they paid the price for profligate finishing, not to mention a calamitous error by Marcelo Diaz in the build-up to Stindl’s trophy-winning tap-in.