Germany Vs Australia Live Stream, Preview, Lineups, Confederations Cup 2017
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 13:38
With an average age of just 24 years and four months, and a combined total of 179 global appearances, Germany have the youngest squad among the eight Confed Cup teams.
Celtic midfielder Tommy Rogic had made it 1-1 in the first half and Tomi Juric added Australia's second after the break from a goal that was allowed to stand despite a suggestion of handball leading to a review from the video assistant referee.
The livewire Goretzka burst in behind the defence and fell under the desperate challenge of Massimo Luongo, and Draxler despatched the spot-kick emphatically to send his side in 2-1 ahead.
Germany were left to rue their poor conversion rate as they also hit the post late in the game.
After Goretzka went close, winger Julian Brandt cut the ball back for Stindl, who slotted home his first goal for his country on only his third worldwide appearance. "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".
Germany boss Joachim Low declared himself pleased with his experimental team and defended goalkeeper Bernd Leno for his two errors in the 3-2 Confederations Cup win over Australia.
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Australia managed to pull another goal back in the 56th minute as Mooy's free-kick deflected into the path of Tomi Juric, who fired home easily.
Germany could have been out of sight before the half-hour mark as they constantly unlocked a pass-orientated back three their visitors looked vulnerable in.
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"It is conceivable that we will play different systems in the tournament, even maybe during a game". In terms of the result, it's a loss and it falls on me.
The Australian threat persisted but Germany clung on to collect three points in the Fisht Stadium, where around 20,000 seats were empty.
"The only way to do that is by playing at this level against the very best and hopefully that composure comes".
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.
"We had good moments through the game but we made it hard for ourselves when you look at the times we conceded".
Those improvements will have to come next time out against Cameroon, who were also defeated in their first Group B match by Chile.
Despite the odds firmly in the Germans' favour, Australia got a goal back and once again, had Leno to thank for.
"As much as we had defensive problems, when we got the ball we were too static in our movement", said Postecoglou of the attacking substitutions.