Confederations Cup verdict: Best game, players, Russia readiness, future

The Confederations Cup came to an end on Sunday when Germany lifted the trophy in St. Petersburg. ESPN FC writers were in Russia to follow events and we asked them for their views on the tournament.
What was the best game you saw?
Gab Marcotti: Australia 2-3 Germany
Early goals were followed by a strong reaction. Low's men were relentless and there was brilliance from Draxler; it's not often they'll play a team with the style of Australia.
Mark Ogden: Germany 4-1 Mexico
Mexico believed they...
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Trending: Arsenal close on Lacazette, Germany win Confederations Cup

Monday's latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC's What's Trending...



ARSENAL: Arsenal are on the verge of signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette for a club-record fee, the French club's president has confirmed.
- Alexis Sanchez must leave Arsenal if he is to fulfil his ambition of winning the Champions League, Chile legend Ivan Zamorano has told SFR Sport.



CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Joachim Low called Germany's Confederations Cup final win against Chile "an absolute joy"...
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Germany's Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller under threat from Confed Cup stars

Germany won the European Under-21 Championship in Poland and the Confederations Cup in Russia within the space of 48 hours at the weekend. Glory at the latter tournament was sealed despite head coach Joachim Low's decision to rest key senior players such as Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer.
It was a show of force for German football, and while it opens doors for youngsters looking to break through, other more established players will now be feeling...
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Lessons from the Confederations Cup: Is Russia ready to host a World Cup?

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Russia has hosted 16 games across four venues during the Confederations Cup over the past fortnight as the country prepares to host the World Cup in a year's time.
Russia 2018 will be played on a much greater scale, with 32 nations aiming to win the trophy during a monthlong tournament. But after successfully staging the Confederations Cup, which saw Germany emerge as winners with a 1-0 victory over Chile in St. Petersburg on Sunday, is Russia now ready to stage the World...
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Five things Portugal learned from the Confederations Cup: Silvas shine

Portugal sent their strongest team to the Confederations Cup with the aim of winning the competition, so coach Fernando Santos's assertion that his team had played "an excellent tournament that the Portuguese people should be very proud of" is a questionable assessment and one not shared by most fans and pundits back home.
Santos was talking after the European champions had beaten Mexico 2-1 in Moscow on Sunday to secure third place in the tournament. In many ways Portugal's performance was reminiscent...
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Germany and Chile dominate Confederations Cup Best XI

The 2017 Confederations Cup is over and Germany are the champions. But who were the standout performers in the tournament? Here is our best XI.
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo (Chile)
It was no fault of Bravo's that he ended up on the losing side in the final -- indeed, he made a couple of useful saves to keep Chile in the game as Germany stretched them on the break -- but his major contribution in the tournament came four days previous. Three penalty saves in the semifinal shootout against Portugal took...
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Antonio Rudiger 'will see in coming weeks' about move to Chelsea

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger refused to speculate about a possible move to Premier League champions Chelsea in the wake of his nation's Confederations Cup victory.
Rudiger stood tall as the Germans kept a clean sheet against a dangerous Chile side, winning Sunday's final 1-0 in Saint Petersburg.









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Roma centre-back Rudiger has been linked to both Chelsea and Manchester City in England, but declined to discuss his club future as he celebrated with his international teammates.
"It's not about...
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Chile has 'nothing to reproach' Marcelo Diaz for after Confed Cup loss - Vidal

Arturo Vidal has absolved Chile teammate Marcelo Diaz of any blame after the midfielder's first-half error led to Germany's deciding goal in Sunday's Confederations Cup final.
The South American champions dominated the opening 20 minutes of the 1-0 loss in St Petersburg, but conceded a goal against the run of play after Diaz gave away possession and allowed Timo Werner to set up Lars Stindl for the winner.
Chile were unable to force their way back into the game after Diaz's gaffe, despite registering...
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Draxler, Low rejoice in Confederations Cup win that silenced critics

Joachim Low called Germany's Confederations Cup final win against Chile "an absolute joy" after his inexperienced national team held on for a 1-0 victory in Saint Petersburg on Sunday night.
Lars Stindl scored the only goal of the match after Timo Werner stole the ball from Chile's Marcelo Diaz in a dangerous spot and beat Claudio Bravo in goal to set up his teammate for an easy tap in.
Low had been criticised by some ahead of the match for leaving many of his more experienced senior team players...
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Low's German youngsters come of age as they withstand Chile's onslaught

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia -- On a day when they were frustrated, intimidated and pegged back by the red horde in front of them, Germany kept their nerve, hunkered down and punished an opponent's mistake for a 1-0 win that sealed the country's first Confederations Cup trophy.
It's what you'd call a veteran performance, borne out of age-old experience and tactical savvy -- except this German side has an average age of 23 and had hardly played together until 3½ weeks ago.









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