Germany clings on to beat Australia after keeper's blunders

Lars Stindl and Julian Draxler, with a penalty, scored Germany's goals in a first half when they might have had expected more, considering the number of clear chances they created.

- Three of Germany's last five goals have been assisted by Joshua Kimmich, including Leon Goretzka's 48th-minute goal against Australia, in Germany's opening game.

Leno demonstrated that he's far from being able to replace 31-year-old Neuer in the German goal, as he was wrong-footed on Australia's first goal and spilled a soft deflection for their second. We're trying to play a certain way against the very best and it's not easy to do. It's hard to see Australia coping better with the speed of a powerful and fast Cameroon side in the next game.

Chile will hope to have Alexis Sanchez fully fit to start after the Arsenal star came on as a second-half substitute against Cameroon as part of his recovery from an ankle problem.

"Hopefully we can build on that second half".

"I'm disappointed. It's no fault of the players to be fair to them".

Australia on the other hand will be looking to play as a team to get past the strength of the Germans.

Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan embrace after their loss to Germany. Subs: Kruse 7, Troisi 7, Cahill 6.

Germany's Julian Draxler, right, fight an aerial duel wit two Australian players during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Australia and Germany, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 19, .

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew at a news conference.

23' - Goretzka is also a player, tall and elegant, and his accepts a pass in midfield, looks u, and clips a lovely ball of the top for Wagner. He never looked confident taking that on, but it really was a good chance.

It didn't take long for Germany to earn the lead as Stindl found the back of the net in the opening moments. Anyway, as a effect of a sloppy cession of possession, Australia win a free-kick down the left, over which Mooy stands.

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.

- However, Germany are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions (W9, D2), conceding just four goals in that run.

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. Goretzka feeds Steindl and chasing the return, gets himself in front of Luongo inside the box. You can't prepare them for what they're going to face out there.

Draxler was impressive as he displayed his range of forward play, proving he is now one of the most exciting players in Europe.

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