Germany too good for Socceroos in Russia

Germany too good for Socceroos in Russia

Germany too good for Socceroos in Russia

"Maybe that's just my demeanor", Postecoglou said after a series of abrasive responses to questions ahead of Australia's Confederations Cup opener against Germany on Monday.

Goretzka joined Stindl in netting a maiden global goal shortly after half-time and, although Australia were much improved during the second period, they could not find an equaliser after Tomi Juric punished more slack work by Leno.

Australia faces Joachim Low's legendary outfit on Monday night (Tuesday morning AEST) in Sochi.

Draxler's misplaced pass gave Australia the ball inside their own half and though Rogic's first wayward attempt was blocked by Jonas Hector, he converted the second chance by firing underneath Leno's hands from range. Still, Germany held on to open its Group B campaign with a 3-2 victory in Sochi. "This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days".

Being a defending Champions, this 8 team confederations warm-up match is a test to defend their championship for next year Russian Federation 2018 World Cup. That he's landing in an attack-minded league should make things easier too, while the presence of fellow Mexican Andres Guardado definitely helps.

"We can't just expect that everything will function seamlessly", he said.

However, the Socceroos have arrived in Russian Federation on the back of a narrow World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia and a hammering by Brazil.

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Julian Draxler, an unused substitute in the 2014 World Cup final win over Argentina, restored Germany's lead from the penalty spot before halftime.

The World Champions grabbed a third goal three minutes into the second half as Goretzka got on the end of Joshua Kimmich's cross and sent a fine finish past goalkeeper, Matthew Ryan, 1-3. Chile and Germany share top positions in the group, with three points each.

Joachim Low's squad have been preparing with a handful of unusual drills, while Socceroos great Tim Cahill has been drawing inspiration from his finest goal on the worldwide stage. Julian Brandt with a surging run down the right flank cut the ball back to the unmarked Borussia Monchengladbach forward who fired past goalkeeper Mat Ryan for his first global goal.

At 28, Stindl is the second oldest player in the squad.

With Bayer Leverkusen's Brandt causing mayhem down the right flank, striker Sandro Wagner had two clear chances, a diving header and then a shot which both went wide. Not going there and just being physical Australian players out there to be physical.

Germany have won eight and drawn two of their last 10 matches, scoring 31 goals in that time, but their youthful squad could yet prove vulnerable to an upset.

And Germany extended their lead with a copybook move on 48 minutes.

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