Broos Bemused By VAR 'Melodrama' During Germany Vs Cameroon

Chile’s Alexis Sanchez dribbles the ball during a Confederations Cup match.- AFP

African champion, Cameroon, failed to make the cut to the semi final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation as the Vincent Aboubakar led Indomitable Lions lost their last Group B game 3-1 to Germany at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi yesterday.

By safeguarding the top spot in Group B, an unskilled Germany squad playing without most of its 2014 World Cup winners will now stay in the Black Sea hotel of Sochi as well as play Mexico on Thursday.

Germany was leading through Kerem Demirbay's 48th-minute strike when a case of mistaken identity halfway through the second half that replays were meant to eradicate left the African champions bemused and irritated.

Germany looked set for a comfortable win although Cameroon to their credit stuck to their task despite the numerical disadvantage, and pulled a goal back when Aboubakar headed home on 79 minutes.

New Zealand's Chris Wood celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Mexico and New Zealand, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The RB Leipzig striker made the points safe nine minutes from time after Vincent Aboubakar briefly gave Cameroon hope, sealing top spot in the group and a semi-final against Mexico.

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos was baffled by the decision and said that the referee had not explained his decisions after the game either.

Africa's representative at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon have crashed out of the tournament after losing 3-1 to Germany on Sunday.

Cameroon midfielder Ernest Mabouka raised his foot in a challenge on Emre Can and was issued a straight red card by Referee Wilmar Roldan with the assistance of the VAR (Video Assistance Referee).

Chile started well early in the first half as Juventus' Arturo Vidal collected José Fuenzalida's long range cross and forced Australia goalie Mathew Ryan to parry away his shot, with Eduardo Vargas apparently not able to convert the rebound.

In an opening half of few chances, they were nearly made to pay late on when Zambo Anguissa looped an effort towards goal only to see Marc-Andre ter Stegen make a good save.

But Werner put the result beyond doubt when he fired home substitute Benjamin Henrichs' pass on 81 minutes.

Cameroon need to beat Germany with a two-goal margin to advance - unless Australia secure an unlikely big-margin victory against Chile.

A goal and an assist from him were crucial in ensuring the Copa America champions picked up points against Cameroon and Germany.

But Fifa's Video Assistant Referee was again thrust into the limelight after a farcical sending off in the 3-1 Germany win.

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