After what was a dramatic end to the first semi-final between Portugal and Chile, with La Roja emerging victorious, the second semi-final pairing between Germany and Mexico promises to be even more exciting.
Germany and Mexico face each other in the second semi-final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, with both sides yet to lose a game, having won two, and drawn one each.
Mexico are champions of CONCACAF, while Die Mannschaft are the world champions, setting the stage for what is expected to be a pulsating match, going by the history of matches involving both sides.
For Low, he’s happy with his team’s progress and spirit.
“I’m really happy to be in the semi-final with this side,” Low said during his pre-match press conference. “We have an incredible team spirit, which is very pleasing. There is a real team out on the pitch.
“We are up against a strong opponent. Mexico are on a similar level to Chile,” he added.
For his opposite number, Juan Carlos Osorio, Germany’s young side shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“You can be young and have a lot of experience,” Osorio said. “A 30-year-old person that starts studying cardiology will know a lot less than a 21-year-old graduate,” he added.
For world champions Germany, while most of their star players would be watching from home, their young team mates in Russia are fit and raring to go against El Tri.
Mexico are expected to be without captain, Andres Guardado, who is suspended for tonight’s match.
The encounter tonight isn’t the first time these two sides are meeting, especially at the Confederations cup. They first met in 2005, as Germany ran out 4-3 winners in the third place match, after 120minutes of gripping football, with the current coach of Mannschaft, Joachim Low, an assistant manager then.
In terms of their other meetings, Germany and Mexico have played each other ten times, with Germany having the upper hands, with four wins, five draws, and their only loss coming almost fifty years ago. In those ten games, Die Mannschaft have scored twenty times, conceding 12 goals.
It promises to be an interesting game, and with an average of 3.2 goals per match, unlike in the first semi-final, we can expect to see goals tonight. For Germany, while history favours them, they’d be wary of an El Tri side that has scored six times in three matches in Russia.
For Juan Carlos Osorio and his boys, they won’t be lacking in motivation, as tonight presents a glorious opportunity for them to make history, beat Germany for the first time in a competitive match.