Germany vs Australia 19 June 2017: Confederation Cup Preview and Predictions

Germany saw out the closing stages to take three points and second place in Group B, but Low will be concerned by his side's deficiencies at both ends of the field.

"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.

"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".

Chile now top Group B after their 2-0 win over Cameroon in Moscow on Sunday, and both teams lining up in Sochi will been to keep pace with the South American champions.

Coach Ange Postecoglou is likely to ring the changes for the match - not necessarily due to poor performers, but to spare exhausted bodies. We are getting an ok price on this so perhaps this is the best bet to make on this match.

"I'm disappointed with the result but not the performance of my players".

Still, Germany held on to open its Group B campaign with a 3-2 victory in Sochi.

Russian Federation is warming up for the 2018 World Cup by playing hosts to this event with this match set to take place at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Having conceded after just five minutes, Australia regrouped and almost levelled but Trent Sainsbury could only head wide from a free-kick.

Joachim Low's men took the lead after just five minutes when Lars Stindl broke through to fire home for his first goal for the national team.

Attacking brightspot: Tommy Rogic shoots for goal for the Socceroos against Germany. Even though Germany couldn't put a second on the board for a while, they were well in control, and simply lacking a finishing touch in front of goal.

However, Australia finally threatened against the run of play in the 37th minute when Aaron Mooy's free kick was headed wide by an unmarked Trent Sainsbury, and four minutes later they did level through Rogic.

It was not to last.

Parity did not last long as Massimo Luongo clattered into Leon Goretzka to concede a penalty that was dispatched by Julian Draxler - the Paris Saint-Germain winger who had been given freedom to roam to devastating effect.

While Kimmich showed much promise, Leno demonstrated that he's far from being a contender to replace 31-year-old Manuel Neuer in the German goal when it really matters for the world champions.

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.

Those moves paid off - Kimmich was effective midfield and Werner hit the post in the 75th minute - but the Germans still barely held onto the win.

  • Julie Sanders