Chile take on Germany in the Confederations Cup final
After beating Argentina and Portugal, Copa America winners take on world champions Germany in today's final to prove they are the world's best team
Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal (left) reacts during a training session in Saint Petersburg prior to the Confederations Cup final against Germany on Friday. Pic/AFP
Midfielder Arturo Vidal said Chile can prove they are the world's best team and throw down a marker for next year's World Cup by beating Germany in the Confederations Cup final today.
Copa America champions Chile take on world champions Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages. Alexis Sanchez's early strike for Chile was cancelled out by Lars Stindl when the teams met in Kazan ten days ago.
Third trophy in three years
Chile are looking for their third international trophy in three years after winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles - beating Argentina in the final on penalties on both occasions. Having knocked Euro 2016 winners Portugal out of the Confed Cup in Wednesday's semi-final, Vidal says beating Germany's young guns will prove Chile are the best.
"We have proven our value, we have beaten Argentina and Portugal, the European champions," said Vidal.
"If we win tomorrow, we will prove we are the best team in the world. We have reached this final with our spirit and attitude - this is a waiting room for the World Cup - and if we win tomorrow, that will show where we are.
'Need to qualify for the WC'
"We still have to qualify for the World Cup, but we have a lot of energy and want to prove ourselves."
Chile showed their penalty shoot-out pedigree again in Kazan, as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved all three Portugal spot-kicks after it finished goalless after extra-time.
While Chile played 120
minutes, Germany will be slightly fresher having beaten Mexico 4-1 in normal time in Thursday's semi-final. A German is set to finish as the tournament's top scorer with Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner both on three goals, while Stindl has netted twice.
Confederations Cup final: Chile v Germany Ten2, 23:30
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