Confederation Cup: Germany Start With Hard-Fought Win Vs Australia

Ange Postecoglou praised the performance of Tomi Juric in Australia's win over Saudi Arabia

"We know that they've got to produce". Chile and Germany share top positions in the group, with three points each.

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.

"If we have a free afternoon perhaps one or two of us will go over there", Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich said ahead of Monday's Group B opener against Australia.

"If we can play the style that we know, we can most definitely beat them".

Australia, the reigning Asian Cup Champions, are in good form too, excluding a 4-0 hammering in a friendly against Brazil last week. "They're a great team. abundant in Bundesliga stars and European stars", Kruse said.

A year out from the World Cup in Russian Federation, there has never been a better time for the Socceroos to poach a first win over Germany at a major competition at the fourth attempt.

Dominant in possession, Germany were rampant in attack as they carved through Australia's three-man defence at will but with thanks to some profligacy, were unable to make their domination count.


Team Germany dominated the game from the very beginning, they score a goal within the 5 minutes of the game and the second goal came at the 44th and 48th minute for them.

Lars Stindl marked his tournament debut with a goal after five minutes that was canceled out by Tommy Rogic when the Australia forward fired the ball under Leno. However, even with a lot of individual qualities, it remains to be seen how they'll perform as a unit.

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.

"It's disappointing, we were barely clinging on in the first half", admitted Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. The oldest tried to join him by also scoring his first tournament goal, but Sandro Wagner's diving header was off target. Inevitably the focus on Germany has centered on its callow squad, containing only three world champions from 2014 while numerous established stars have been given a break.

At least two members of the Australian squad will be familiar to the Germans - goalkeeper Mitch Langerak of newly-promoted Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart and Mathew Leckie, who has just been relegated with FC Ingolstadt but is set to line up for Hertha Berlin next season.

Julian Draxler restored Germany's lead from the penalty spot just before the break before Leon Goretzka put the World Cup holders 3-1 up.

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