Germany passed the acid test against South American champions Chile, holding their own in a 1-1 draw that leaves both sides within a point of the semi-finals.

"We knew they'd play with a lot of pressure and power," said Lars Stindl, who scored Germany's equaliser. "We were prepared for that. We needed a little bit of luck, but the result isn't undeserved. We go away with the knowledge that we can compete against big teams."

Nevertheless, Germany were unable to prevent Chile taking an early lead through Alexis Sanchez in the sixth minute, even if it was the result of a defensive mistake. "That was perhaps down to a few nerves about playing such a strong team," said captain Julian Draxler.

Sanchez was likewise satisfied with the draw and happy to have found the net, for not only was the forward's strike the 400th goal in the history of the competition, it also meant he became Chile's all-time top scorer: "Obviously I'm delighted, but it's something I'll only really appreciate when I'm an old man. We can live with the result."

His coach Juan Antonio Pizzi reflected on "an excellent match between two teams with a clear game plan". "It was no doubt a very attractive spectacle for the players and the fans," he added. "The match lived up to its billing. Both teams wanted to win but sometimes we cancelled each other out."

His counterpart Joachim Low echoed those sentiments: "It was an incredibly demanding game played at the highest level. I'm very satisfied with my boys. They all did a great job."

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