World Champions Germany Edge Past Australia

Milos Degenek says Australia are capable of winning the FIFA Confederations Cup

There are points to be made too by the likes of Joshua Kimmich, the Bayern full-back or midfielder keen to put his case as successor to the retired Philipp Lahm. The teams are in group B together with the African and South American Champions.

With an average age of 24 years and four months, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confederations Cup teams.

With a record 48-goals for the Australian side, Cahill will look to add to his global goal-scoring tally against the world champions.

"For many it was the first game in such a tournament". "When the teams walk out tomorrow, if I had to have a guess, I reckon we will be younger". "If people dismiss that they will dismiss everything else, so I do not really care".

However, the Socceroos have arrived in Russian Federation on the back of a narrow World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia and a 4-0 hammering by Brazil.

After ten months of mainly administrative work, Loew's ambitions come back to life Bierhoff said as he has to coach and guide an inexperienced team through an worldwide tournament. Rudiger has experienced racist jeering during his time in Italian football with Roma and Russian Federation, which has had its well-documented problems with racial abuse in football stadiums, is under scrutiny a year ahead of its hosting the World Cup.

The German coach called it his obligation to integrate the country's top talent and at the same time give his stars a chance to recover.

The best and worst of Ange Postecoglou's side was on display in Sochi.

Their style of play could be different from Germany's fluid style of football. He is sure the fans around the globe want to see the German stars attending a World Cup rather than a Confed Cup.

Germany always seemed to have an extra gear and they exercised it nearly straight from the kick-off as they restored their lead from the penalty spot.

The match in Sochi will be the sixth time that the two nations have faced one another, but while Germany won the first three, Australia have recorded a win and a draw in the last two contests.

However, Australia have always performed well in their previous matches against Germany.

The first-up loss makes it hard to see Australia getting out of the group, with taxing matches against Cameroon and group leaders Chile to come. Loew said through a translator.

Die Mannschaft coach Jogi Low opted to leave a number of his high-profile players at home as he expand his options ahead of their World Cup defence next summer.

The world champions, however, were back in front just three minutes later as Draxler converted a penalty, with Goretzka adding a third early in the second half.



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