- 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.
*FIFA.com team reporter analysis *
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.
What you need to know
1 Germany and Mexico have faced off once before at the FIFA Confederations Cup, in 2005, the year before the Germans hosted the FIFA World Cup™. With current boss Low looking from the dugout as an assistant coach, a Germany side featuring Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger won 4-3 after extra time in the match for third place. Curiously, that game took place 12 years ago to the day, on 29 June.
2 The Mexicans have been the kings of the comeback at Russia 2017, having come from behind in all three of their group matches, eventually beating New Zealand and Russia by 2-1 scorelines and drawing 2-2 with Portugal, a game in which they equalised not once but twice.
3 Germany are on a 13-match unbeaten run, one that comprises ten wins and three draws. Their last defeat came in the middle of last year, when they lost 2-0 to France in the semi-finals at UEFA EURO 2016.
Germany: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Matthias Ginter, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Ruediger; Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Emre Can, Jonas Hector; Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler; Timo Werner
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Miguel Layun, Nestor Araujo, Hector Moreno, Oswaldo Alanis; Jonathan Dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Luis Reyes; Raul Jimenez, Javier Hernandez, Javier Aquino