- Mexico and Germany both picked up seven points in the group phase
- This is their second Tournament of Champions meeting
- A place in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg is at stake
The second semi-final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 sees reigning world champions Germany take on CONCACAF kings Mexico. Both sides are unbeaten in the competition, having scored two wins and a draw each in their three group matches.
Steffen Potter with Germany The world champions seem to be peaking at just the right time and their one intention now is to kick on and lift the trophy. “The players want this to be their tournament,” said coach Joachim Low at the start of Russia 2017, a wish that is well on the way to being fulfilled. The Germans are coming up against a Tri side that can struggle when pressed hard – just the kind of scenario in which Low's men could prosper.
Martin Langer with Mexico The Mexicans have been looking forward to this encounter. Yet while the Germans have left most of their stars at home, the Mannschaft squad that has travelled to Russia has more than enough talent to pose a stern test to Tri coach Juan Carlos Osorio's system and players. Mexico will also find it hard to get by without the services of their captain, Andres Guardado, who is suspended for Thursday’s game.