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Lars Stindl struck the only goal as Germany beat Chile 1-0 to win the Confederations Cup in St Petersburg on Sunday.

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Stindl tapped home against the run of play after a defensive blunder midway through the first half as world champions Germany added another major trophy to their collection, The Independent reported.

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Copa America champions Chile have advanced to the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 1-1 draw against a spirited Australia.

James Troisi put Australia in the lead, opening the scoring two minutes before the end of the first half on Sunday evening. Martin Rodriguez scored the equalizer for Chile in the 67th minute.

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Ace forward Lionel Messi helped Argentina beat Chile 1-0 in an intense football match of the South American qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, putting the Albiceleste in the direct qualification zone. Messi scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 16th minute on Thursday.

The Argentine squad managed to kill two birds with one stone; first, they exacted revenge against Chile after La Roja defeated them in the last two Copa America finals. Secondly, Argentina climbed to third place with 22 points, one less than Uruguay and eight behind Brazil, putting the Albiceleste in the direct qualification zone for the World Cup.

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The Brazilian football confederation (CBF) has been fined for the second time in less than a month for homophobic chants by fans.

World football's governing body FIFA said on Thursday that the CBF was fined 25,000 Swiss francs - around $26,000 - for the behaviour of fans during Brazil's 5-0 victory over Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier in Natal last month.

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A day after officially securing the victory over Chile in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off tie on Saturday, Canada continued winning at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on Sunday to complete the sweep with a final score of 5-0. In his Davis Cup debut, 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) defeated Christian Garin 7-6(5), 6-4 before Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ont.) beat Gonzalo Lama 6-4, 6-4.

Junior Wimbledon champion Shapovalov shook off some nerves and rust to take control of his match. Garin had more chances in the early goings, but Shapovalov saved four break points in the first set before winning the tiebreaker. In the second set, the junior world No. 10 was broken at 2-3 but rebounded immediately to break back, and ultimately secured his first Davis Cup win in just 83 minutes. Shapovalov, who acted as a hitting partner for the team in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last year, is currently ranked No. 245 on the pro circuit.

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Tennis Canada announced Tuesday the Canadian Davis Cup team nominated to compete in the upcoming Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Canada and Chile being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Daniel Nestor (Toronto), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver) and Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) were named to the squad by captain Martin Laurendeau to compete on an indoor hard court at the Scotiabank Centre from September 16-18.

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The draw for the 2016 Davis Cup World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the International Tennis Federation headquarters in London. The Canadian Davis Cup team will play a home tie versus Chile from September 16-18 to retain its spot in the World Group for 2017. Tennis Canada also announced that the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia has been selected as the host site for the tie which will be played on an indoor hard court.

“We are very happy to be awarded a home tie after two very tough back-to-back road ties in the last year,” said Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We are also very excited to be heading back to Halifax as the World Group play-off there in 2014 was a huge success for us. The city, the venue and the crowd provided us with the ideal conditions to win and keep our spot in the World Group, and we will need that same support this time around against Chile as they will pose another big challenge for us.”

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