Seven of eight nations remain alive for the knockout rounds after two-thirds of the group stage at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. The cynic will note that the tournament’s location could help the Russians beyond simple home-field advantage, while a bigger cynic may not that Mexico has been the beneficiary of plenty of officials’ whistles and non-whistles in recent years.
Multiple reports claim Crystal Palace has offered its managerial position to Dutch boss Frank De Boer. Palace has been without a manager since Sam Allardyce retired after the season. The Eagles finished 15th in the Premier League, five points behind eighth place Southampton and seven points clear of the drop zone. An accomplished defender at Ajax and Barcelona, the 47-year-old De Boer led Ajax in his first managerial stint before spending less than three months at Inter Milan last season. De Boer twice won the Rinus Michels Award as the top manager in Dutch football, and would become just the second Palace manager from outside the British Isles. He would inherit a very good group of attackers
The Chile-Germany match was largely a dud, but Alexis Sanchez reminded everyone he’s anything but. Alexis Sanchez, the 28-year-old Arsenal forward who has led Chile to back-to-back Copa America titles, scored and whipped a free kick just high in La Roja’s 1-1 tie with Germany in the Confederations Cup on Thursday. The defending South American champions were evenly matched with the World Cup holders, who got on the board through Lars Stindl.