Untested Germans seek Confed Cup thrills at theme park site

Rosalie Stanley
June 20, 2017

Germany's Leon Goretzka is congratulated by teammates after he scored his side's third goal during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Australia and Germany, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June.

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.

That team is out of the automatic qualification places to return to Russian Federation for the World Cup next year with two matches remaining in the group stage.

It was left to Rogic to force the issue - the rangy Aussie slicing through the German defence firing, collecting the rebound off an opposition player, and then unleashing again to beat Bernd Leno between the sticks.

Lars Stindl had put Germany ahead before Celtic's Tom Rogic equalised.

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.

"So if people are easily dismissing that, they'll dismiss everything else", Postecoglou continued. "So in the second half, Australia had a bit more possession but I didn't think they had a lot of opportunities and chances". Australia, on the other hand, will be at full strength and a win will be a huge confidence boost for the Socceroos.

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After last Tuesday's 4-0 drubbing by the Selecao in Melbourne, head coach Ange Postecoglou expects Germany's young guns to prove themselves in Sochi. 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.

The gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game. With Jens Lehmann, Christoph Metzelder, Torsten Frings, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Kevin Kuranyi, Oliver Neuville and Tim Borowski no longer a part of Die Mannschaft for the 2010 World Cup, a host of changes were made to the starting eleven.

One would have to go back nearly 80 years to find an occasion of the Germans getting knocked out in the group stage.

Eight wins and two draws in their last ten matches, netting 31 goals and conceding just two, shows the Germans to be in red hot form. Rodic's shot came off defender Shkodran Mustafi and he followed up with a shot that went under Leno.

When Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo scythed down Goretzka in the area three minutes later, Germany captain Draxler drilled home the resulting penalty to make it 2-1 at the break.

It was extended further three minutes into the second half.

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