Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Germany clings on to beat Australia after keeper's blunders

World Champions Germany began their FIFA Confederations Cup on a high, as they claimed a 3-2 win over Australia in an entertaining encounter.

Much had been made before kick-off of Germany bringing a young squad and their starting line-up had just 138 worldwide appearances between them.

"At the last World Cup in Brazil I got to play and witness an exceptional young bunch of players outplay some of the best teams in the world for big parts of the games".

"We don't all know how fit we are after a long and hard season", admitted Werner. Absolutely I thought we matched it with them for periods of the game. "We need to get a quick goal and then exert some dominance".

Like everyone in the Socceroos camp, Cahill is confident Australia can leave a mark on the tournament.

Cameroon are unlikely to offer the same threat as the Germans, even if the world champions have come to Russian Federation without a host of leading players. And while the players might cross into the fantasy world across the road to try the extreme rides, they can't afford to ease up on the pitch if they are to return to Russian Federation.

"Australia will be playing very quickly".

"In the second half, we showed we were fitter and stronger and capable of doing that to them".

Good question, the Confederations Cup is held every four years and sees the World Cup winners, most recent Federation Internationale de Football Association confederation champions and the host country all compete in what is often seen as a prelude to the World Cup.

Germany have changed up their squad for the Russian tournament, resting key players with one eye on their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Close Contender: Julian BrandtJulian Brandt: "Winning the match makes it a positive start for us". The German captain, Julian Draxler, converted.

With 30 caps, the Paris St-Germain star has the most experience and is expected to lead by example in the attacking midfield role.

The impressive Goretzka burst forward to put breathing space between the two sides on 48 minutes, but an error from goalkeeper Bernd Leno allowed Australia back eight minutes later through Tomi Juric.

Australia have done quite well against Germany in recent years with their last match, a friendly in 2015, ending 2-2.

The German midfielder's flawless penalty pushed the reigning World Cup champions to a 2-1 lead right before half time and Australia were level with them only for roughly three minutes. None of Germany's starters in Sochi on Monday had played in the 2014 World Cup final, and only a few seem likely to figure heavily in the real Russian competition next year.

After last Tuesday's 4-0 drubbing by the Selecao in Melbourne, head coach Ange Postecoglou expects Germany's young guns to prove themselves in Sochi.

"The belief for me comes from over a decade with the Socceroos", he said.

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