Joachim Low's exciting young Germany team overcame Mexico 4-1 on Thursday to set up a re-match with Chile in the Confederations Cup final.
An early two-minute brace from Bayern Munich target Leon Goretzka saw Germany take control of the semi-final in Sochi, where Mexico refused to give up but struggled to cope with the energy and quality of a side derided by many before the tournament as disrespectfully inexperienced.
Rather than find themselves out of their depth in Russia, Low's raw squad have instead served to make a statement of the ominous depth of talent beyond the first-choice ranks of the world champions, typified by striker Timo Werner, who struck his team's third goal shortly before the hour mark. Marco Fabian's blistering late free-kick mattered little for Mexico, a fact hammered home when Amin Younes restored Germany's three-goal cushion in added time.
Germany will now tackle Chile for the second time in the tournament in the decider in St Petersburg on Sunday.
The battle-hardened Copa America holders, penalty shoot-out winners over Portugal a day earlier, have been the only team to trouble Die Mannschaft's tyros in a 1-1 group stage draw earlier this month.