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It's another clinical display from Germany at a major international tournament, while for Mexico it's another second successive lopsided defeat in a knockout stage. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
Germany usher in their new generation with another appearance in a major final as they see Mexico aside to secure a rematch with Chile on Sunday. Leon Goretzka got the party started with a brace inside of 10 minutes, before Timo Werner widened their lead just shy of the hour mark. Marco Fabian's goal of the tournament gave Mexico stark consolation, before Amin Younes capped the day off in stoppage time.
FULL-TIME: GERMANY 4-1 MEXICO.
WHAT A FINISH! Jimenez denied once again the goal he so clearly deserves, as Ter Stegen flies through the air at full-stretch to keep out his header following a Mexican corner!
Can picked out the pass as the substitutes link up for the goal.
THREE-GOAL LEAD RESTORED! Clinical finish from Younes, who comes off the bench to score his second international goal in impressive fashion, rolling a finish beyond Ochoa and in at the far post.
There will be three minutes added on at the end of this match.
Herrera provides the assist.
FINALLY MEXICO HAVE THEIR GOAL! Herrera rolls a square pass into the path of Fabian from a free-kick, and the substitute hammers the strike of the tournament beyond the reach of Ter Stegen, at full-stretch, from 35 yards! That is the goal of the tournament thus far, no doubt about it!
Mexico continue their seemingly fruitless pursuit of a consolation marker as the clock dwindles down. The 3-0 scoreline is not an adequate representation of how this match has unfolded. It could just as easily be 3-3, but it's not, and Germany are heading to the final.
STAT: Germany are unbeaten in their last 13 matches across all competitions (W10 D3).
NEARLY A FAIRYTALE MOMENT! The game is lost but Mexico nearly grab their consolation marker through Rafa Marquez, who rises highest to meet a corner, but his header from point-blank range is quite spectacularly denied by Ter Stegen! What a moment that would have been for the 38-year-old defender.
It's worth noting that no team who has won the Confederations Cup has gone on to win the World Cup the following year. That being said, the German side who travel to Russia next summer will look very different than the one here now.
Ajax's Amin Younes is brought on as Germany make their final change of the night, replacing Draxler, who hands the captain's armband to Kimmich on his way off.
Germany's second change of the match sees Julian Brandt replace Stindl.
STAT: Mexico’s last nine games against European opposition have seen a total of 32 goals scored, averaging just over 3.5 per match (W5 D1 L3).
OFF THE BAR! Mexico must feel snake bitten. They have played far too well to be 3-0 down, and they still can't buy a goal - one they thoroughly deserve. Lozano picks out a dazzling cross for Jimenez, who crashes his header off the bar. It's another near-miss for El Tri.
NEARLY FOUR! Terrific running from Draxler as he makes quick work of Layun before stepping inside of Araujo and letting fly from close range, but it's straight at Ochoa who makes one of his more comfortable saves of the evening.
Can becomes the first player booked on the night for Germany, just minutes after coming on.
BEATEN AWAY! Lovely interplay atop the box from Mexico, but they still can't buy a goal as Layun's effort from 20 yards is parried brilliantly by Ter Stegen! What will it take for Mexico to break the deadlock?
Mexico's fight is waning a bit as we approach the final 20 minutes. Running out of time in an understatement for the predicament they're faced with. They need a goal very soon if they are to have any chance of getting back in this game.
Germany's first change of the evening sees the departure of man of the hour Leon Goretzka, with Emre Can taking his place.
J. dos Santos
Mexico's final change sees ageless wonder Rafa Marquez replace Jonathan dos Santos.
STAT: Mexico have lost just two of their last 40 matches across all competitions (W27 D11).
SIDE NETTING! Stunning link-up play between Hernandez and Jimenez atop the area, as the two exchange four one-touch passes to play their way in, with the ball eventually coming to Fabian at the far post, but he's unable to find the back of the net!
G. dos Santos
Mexico's second change sees Bundesliga player Marco Fabian, who crafts his trade with Eintracht Frankfurt, replace Giovanni dos Santos.
Mexico are accepting their fate now, it seems. Germany back on the front foot and looking to add to their lead. Any sort of comeback now would have to be one of historic proportions for Mexico, who might be more worried about this getting out of hand than anything else.
Hector is credited with the assist, serving that up on a platter for Werner.
GERMANY ON THEIR WAY TO THE FINAL! Mexico carved apart for a third time as their job gets a whole lot harder. Draxler springs Hector on the left, and the full-back squares brilliantly for Werner, who has all the time and space in the world to slot into the gaping goal. That should do it.
Germany are doing a much better job defending their lead now. Defending through attack is one way to go about it, and they're doing well to limit the amount of time spent in defence. At one point or another, Mexico will have to throw caution to the wind.
Jimenez tracks back to help break up a Germany counter, doing so successfully, but it comes at the expense of a yellow card.
STAT: Germany have conceded in five of their last six matches, including all three in the group stage, following a run of seven successive clean sheets.
INCHES WIDE! Werner is sprung behind the defence by Stindl and bursts into the area. He gets a slight shove in the back from Moreno that puts him off just enough, as his final effort rolls agonisingly wide of the far post!
Germany respond with a decent spell in attack, but Mexico sniff it out and break forward in a hurry. Jimenez is picked out at the end of it, cutting in on his left and firing at goal, but it's straight at Ter Stegen! What a chance that was!
Mexico pick up where they left off at the end of the first half, on the front foot, eager to reduce the deficit. Lozano is already looking lively on the left, but you can see large pockets of space forming in Mexico's defence for Germany to exploit should they get the chance.
Back underway in Sochi!
One change at the break for Mexico as new PSV winger Hirving Lozano replaces Aquino.
A Leon Goretzka brace helped Germany to a 2-0 lead inside of 10 minutes, but it's been all Mexico since then. El Tri have dominated possession and come agonisingly close to getting back into the game, setting the stage for what promises to be an exciting second half in Sochi, as Germany still have a long way to go to see this through.
HALF-TIME: GERMANY 2-0 MEXICO.
There will be one minute added on at the end of this first half.
STAT: Germany have won all four meetings between the two sides at major tournaments – three World Cup victories and one Confederations Cup.
VITAL FROM GINTER! Alanis bends a deliciously inviting cross in from the left, which appears to be heading right to Jimenez for a simple tap-in at the far post, but Ginter is able to reach in and get a touch to knock it behind! That likely saved Germany from conceding!
LOVELY HIT! Herrera lines up a free-kick from close to 30 yards and strikes it towards goal with plenty of venom. It looked to be heading just over the bar, but Ter Stegen is taking no chances as he parries it behind for a corner, which comes to nothing in the end.
One-way traffic in Sochi as Mexico are really dominating possession here, taking their figure in the match up above the 60 per cent mark. They have to make this spell count, though, because Germany do not need many chances to add to their lead, and they have shown twice already how capable they are of silencing Mexico on the break.
LIFTED OVER! Chicharito produces a stunning touch to flick Giovanni dos Santos' throughball beyond Kimmich, and then tries to chip Ter Stegen, but his effort crashes onto the roof of the net! That looked like their opener! It certainly is coming, though!
THE BROTHERS COME CLOSE! Giovanni is slipped through on the right as Mexico negotiate their best opening of the match thus far, but Ter Stegen is equal to it, stretching his leg far out to make a foot save. Pressure stays on and Jonathan gets on the end of a cross, but his header lacks the power it required as Ter Stegen is able to get across and make another stop!
Draxler lazily caught in possession right outside his own penalty area by Giovanni dos Santos. The LA Galaxy attacker takes just one touch before firing a shot towards the near post, but he can't hit the target. Good determination from him to chase that ball down, though. Mexico have not yet lost their fighting spirit.
STAT: Mexico have scored at least a goal in their last 11 matches across all competitions, last being held scoreless in a 0-0 draw at Panama in World Cup qualifying in November 2016.
Inching closer and closer are Mexico. Germany are getting by with some important last-ditch defending, but they are coming under immense pressure as Mexico continue to knock on the door. The ball just isn't settling for them in and around the area, but you get the sense that the bounce they need is imminent.
The brothers nearly link up here for Mexico, who are really looking a threat to halve this deficit. Giovanni dos Santos dinks a clever ball over the top for little brother Jonathan, but it's just inches ahead of the midfielder as Ter Stegen is able to collect.
Solid pressure here from Mexico, who have Germany pinned back in their own end. Kimmich and Ginter produce a pair of crucial blocks, while a strong defensive header from Rudy helps see away the threat. Still, something for Mexico to build off.
Mexico do look confident and comfortable in possession, but that's not enough for them. They need to be clinical and quick to get back into this game. They're asking questions of the Germany defence, but thry have yet to pick out the final ball they crave.
STAT: The last meeting between the two sides came in the semi-final of the 2005 Confederations Cup. Hosts Germany led three times in the 90 minutes, but Mexico answered each time to send the game to extra-time at 3-3, before Michael Ballack settled it once and for all.
CRUCIAL FROM OCHOA! Germany that close to putting the game to bed inside of 20 minutes! Mexico's defence all over the place again as Werner is slipped through on goal this time, but Ochoa is able to spread himself out and make a terrific stop with his trailing leg!
Experience could prove to be the difference in Mexico's attempts to come back in this game as well, an area where Germany are very much lacking. They're an organised and well-coached side, but do they have the professionalism to see this out without any unnecessary hiccups?
The worry for Mexico, aside from the scoreline itself, is that this early deficit will force them to really open up and take their chances in attack. That will leave them exposed in defence to this ruthless and clinical German attack, as El Tri simply cannot afford to concede another.
Mexico have responded well to falling behind, which has been a theme for them in this tournament, conceding the opening goal in all three of their group matches, but they didn't go on to lose any of those matches. Here Alanis gets a shot on target from range, but it's not enough to trouble Ter Stegen.
Mexico are having a shocker! The only consolation is that it's still very early, so there is still a way back for them, but they are reliving their nightmare of that heavy 7-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Chile in the quarter-final of last summer's Copa America. "Oh no, it's happening again," must be the thought going through the head of all these Mexico players and fans alike.
Wonderful weight on that throughball from Werner as he provides the assist.
MAKE IT TWO! Moreno gets pulled out of position which allows Werner to slide a splendid throughball in to pick out the run of Goretzka, and the midfielder produces another stunning finish to double his and Germany's tally!
Henrichs is back in the side today and he has an early assist to justify his selection.
GERMANY TAKE THE EARLY LEAD! As mentioned just moments ago, this German side can go from back foot to front in a flash, and they do just that here! Mexico lose their shape as Germany hit back on the counter, with Goretzka finishing it off brilliantly with a strike placed in at the far post from the top of the box, on the end of a smart pick out from Henrichs.
Mexico remain in the ascendency here, working the ball around smartly in the attacking half. Germany are struggling to get out of their end, but they are so lethal on the break, so Mexico will have to be wary of being caught out.
Mexico are enjoying a nice spell of possession in these opening stages, winning the midfield battle in the early going. There's a terrific atmosphere here in Sochi, which comes as no surprise with these two nations boasting a proud set of faithful supporters.
AND THEY'RE OFF! Germany in white tops as they get us underway, attacking left to right, with Mexico in their green shirts.
Mexico are, however, boosted by the return to fitness of Javier Hernandez and Hector Moreno, each of whom overcame knocks to be included today. Their fitness will be something to keep an eye on as the match progresses, with the likes of Vela, Lozano and Oribe Peralta licking their chops on the bench.
Juan Carlos Osorio is without the suspended Andres Guardado and injured Diego Reyes as he makes four changes from the victory over Russia. Oswaldo Alanis and Giovanni dos Santos come in for the unavailable duo, while Javier Aquino and Raul Jimenez replace Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano.
Joachim Low makes four changes to his side from the 3-1 victory over Cameroon in their final group match. Full-backs Benjamin Henrichs and Jonas Hector are restored, while Leon Goretzka and Lars Stindl return after receiving a deserved rest, with Niklas Sule, Emre Can, Marvin Plattenhardt and Kerem Demirbay dropping to the bench.
SUBS: Lozano, Peralta, Marquez, Damm, Fabian, Reyes, Cota, Talavera, Reyes, Vela.
MEXICO (4-4-2): Ochoa; Layun, Araujo, Moreno, Alanis; Aquino, J. Dos Santos, Herrera, G. Dos Santos; Jimenez, Hernandez.
SUBS: Wagner, Sule, Mustafi, Can, Brandt, Leno, Younes, Demirbay, Plattenhardt, Trapp.
GERMANY (3-4-3): Ter Stegen; Kimmich, Ginter, Rudiger; Henrichs, Rudy, Goretzka, Hector; Stindl, Draxler, Werner.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Their last taste of a knockout stage at a major tournament came in last summer’s Copa America, where they were embarrassed 7-0 by Chile following a group stage that had many dubbing them dark horses to win the tournament. You know they would love nothing more than to beat Germany tonight and secure a rematch with Chile in the final.
Mexico were arguably the most entertaining team to come out of an otherwise uneventful group stage. They overcame 1-0 first-half deficits in all three of their group matches to draw with Portugal, before beating New Zealand and hosts Russia.
Joachim Low’s side will be hoping a replay of their draw with Chile is on the cards, but they first will have to get beyond high-flying Mexico. The knockout stage is the place for these young German players to earn their keep and solidify their hopes of returning to Russia for next summer’s World Cup.
Despite leaving many of their regulars at home, Germany still managed to cruise through the group stage with their young, inexperienced side, scoring in bunches, with victories over Australia and Cameroon, bookending an entertaining draw with Chile.
Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Fisht Stadium in Sochi as Germany and Mexico battle it out for the right to take on Chile in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final!