Germany and Mexico clash in the 2017 Confederations Cup semifinal on Thursday (Watch live, 2 p.m. ET online via Telemundo Deportes) with the winner facing Chile in Sunday’s final in St. Petersburg.
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A young German side won Group B, while an injury-hit Mexico came runners up in Group A but will use all of their experience to try and get by an energetic Die Mannschaft who have left several key players at home.
Germany boss Joachim Low decided to see how many of his younger players coped with the Confed Cup and give them a chance to stake their claim for a spot in his World Cup roster next summer. Julian Draxler has led this young team admirably with Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner, Joshua Kimmich, Lars Stindl and Julian Brandt all stepping up.
As for Mexico, their manager Juan Carlos Osorio will be without captain Andres Guardado through suspension, while El Tri has had to cope with injuries to several key defenders in Russia. Still, reaching the semifinals was always the aim and given the extra experience Mexico has they could well surprise a young German side who has looked shaky at times in defense.
Below is the starting lineup for both teams as Werner starts up top for Germany and Chicharito has overcome tiredness to lead Mexico’s attack.
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