Germany Edge Past Australia with 3-2 Win at 2017 Confederations Cup

"Chile are definitely one of the best teams in the world".

Only three players - Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler - were part of the World Cup-winning squad in Brazil three years ago, but none of the trio played in the Rio de Janeiro final.

Joachim Löw has named an inexperienced squad for the tournament in Russian Federation, with Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels all absent.

After his breakthrough season with RB Leipzig, Werner expects a fiery start in Sochi for the untested, green Germans.

"We had good moments through the game but we made it hard for ourselves when you look at the times we conceded".

"Yes, we didn't win the games, but we evolved to the Asian Cup where we won it, a competition we weren't supposed to win".

Germany take on Australia in their opening Confederations Cup clash in Russian Federation today.

Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka scored their first global goals either side of the Paris Saint-Germain star's spot-kick and victory would have been achieved by a more handsome margin but for two errors from Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

"We've always said all along we're not coming to this tournament with 12 or 13 players".

But Low is taking it as a positive that Germany have not yet reached their best ahead of a meeting of the teams ranked third and fourth in the world in Kazan. "Their wingers were very fast and like to dribble and they have (Vincent) Aboubakar up front who is a good target man, so we need to be aware of that". Led by 23-year-old captain Julian Draxler, the Germans ensured that did not happen and sealed a victory in their opening game of the Confederations Cup. "It is no fault of the players to be fair to them - they stuck to our principles", he offered.

The Australians quickly enough resumed an affair - Tomi Juric was first on the ball after another uncertain actions of the goalkeeper of the Germans.

Cahill - Australia's all-time leading scorer - had little time to influence the contest with Germany, thrown into the fray in the 86th minute.

- Arturo Vidal scored the opening goal of Chile's Confederations Cup campaign and now has three goals in his last four games for his country. On an overcast Monday evening in Sochi the Socceroos showed touches of brilliance to ensure a respectable 3-2 scoreline without ever truly threatening their inexperienced German opponents.

The changes made from the squad that defeated Saudi Arabia 3 - 2 did not pay dividends for coach Ange Postecoglou on that occasion.

"It's a great test for us, but I am not buying into the idea we are playing a weakened team - I think that's a bit of a myth", insisted the Socceroos' coach.

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