Confederations Cup: Germany too good for Socceroos in Russian Federation, winning 3-2

Posted June 20, 2017

Germany vs Australia will be played at 4 pm WET as the last game of the first round for the group stages of the Confederations Cup.

Liverpool midfielder Can was introduced in the 78th minute of the Group B fixture in Sochi.

However, two errors from goalkeeper Neuer's deputy Bernd Leno kept Australia in it as Celtic's Tom Rogic and Tomi Juric scored in either half, the second still standing despite the goal being referred to the much-debated video assistant referee (VAR) at the time.

Juric was clearly onside and there was no conclusive proof from the replays that there had been a deliberate handball from the scorer so the game quickly restarted with Geiger's original call standing.

Draxler's misplaced pass gave Australia the ball inside their own half and though Rogic's first wayward attempt was blocked by Jonas Hector, he converted the second chance by firing underneath Leno's hands from range. We allowed them too much space and probably a little bit too much respect. "They're a great team. abundant in Bundesliga stars and European stars", Kruse said.

However, Germany were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime when Leon Goretzka was brought down.

The first-up loss makes it hard to see Australia getting out of the group, with taxing matches against Cameroon and group leaders Chile to come.

"They have young players but there is pressure on them to do well".

Joachim Low's squad have been preparing with a handful of unusual drills, while Socceroos great Tim Cahill has been drawing inspiration from his finest goal on the global stage.

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Being cranky and prickly is a badge of honor for Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.

Germany's rawness wasn't obvious at all early in the game when a goal was created after only five minutes.

Germany made wholesale changes to their squad, with only seven players from their EURO 2016 squad called in for this tournament.

It should have been 2-0 soon after as Goretzka's wonderful cross found Sandro Wagner, but the Hoffenheim forward sent a diving header inches wide of the post when he should've done better.

The gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game.

One would have to go back nearly 80 years to find an occasion of the Germans getting knocked out in the group stage. Rodic's shot came off defender Shkodran Mustafi and he followed up with a shot that went under Leno.

And Germany extended their lead with a copybook move on 48 minutes.

With a record 48-goals for the Australian side, Cahill will look to add to his global goal-scoring tally against the world champions. But the German keeper couldn't hold onto the ball, and Juric pounced on the rebound.