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Kerem Demirbay and Timo Werner both scored their first senior worldwide goals as Germany beat 10-man Cameroon 3-1 to book their place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

World champions Germany have defeated 10-man Cameroon 3-1 to reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Kerem Demirbay opened the scoreline for Germany in the 48th minute, before Timo Werner doubled Germany's lead.

Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan had consulted the VAR after a reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Germany's Emre Can saw Siani wrongly receive a yellow card in a case of mistaken identity.

The RB Leipzig striker made the points safe nine minutes from time after Vincent Aboubakar briefly gave Cameroon hope, sealing top spot in the group and a semi-final against Mexico.

African champions Cameroon failed to go beyond the group phase of the ongoing FIFA Confederation Cup in Russian Federation and it is by no means surprising for the team's head coach, Hugo Broos.

The World Cup winners will face a rejuvenated Mexican squad on Thursday, while two-time Copa America champions Chile will battle Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Wednesday.

Germany extended its lead two minutes after the red card on a diving header from Timo Werner.

RB Leipzig forward Werner opened his account at global level with a brace in the 3-1 win over 10-man Cameroon last time out.

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Cameroon have crashed out of the Confederations Cup while Germany have topped Group B with seven points.

Their path to this year's showpiece in St Petersburg has been complicated by their failure to top the group but defender Gonzalo Jara does not believe meeting Group A runners-up Mexico would have been any easier.

The best chance of a tight first-half fell to Germany's Joshua Kimmich as he headed wide from six yards with the goal gaping.

"Also, thanks to the players who have played for me in the past, their achievements and commitment, passion and attitude allowed us to get so many victories and get so much success".

Chile have failed to win any of their last three games with a European team and Fernando Santos' side have only been beaten once in their last 10 matches.

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"In fact that could have been a quarter-final in the World Cup, such was the level of this game", said Juan Antonio Pizzi.

Roared on by thousands of travelling fans, Chile hit back in the 67th when Eduardo Vargas flicked the ball on for substitute Rodriguez to hit it past goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

While German coach Loew praised his inexperienced side for overcoming Cameroon, the Africans' coach Hugo Broos lashed out at tournament organisers in Russian Federation with just a year to go before they stage the World Cup.