Germany clings on to beat Australia after keeper's blunders

A youthful Germany side weathered a second-half fightback by Australia to open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over the Socceroos on Monday in Sochi. The Video Assistant Referees checked the goal for offside and the goal stood despite a questionable handball in the build-up.

Postecoglou's Australia bowed out in Brazil with three defeats from group matches against Chile, Netherlands and Spain - prompting a period of supposed transition that has already reaped handsome rewards. "A couple of days training and we're ready to go".

"We lost our way after 60 minutes and need to work on retaining our stability, but a lot of things worked well".

The Australia vs Germany game was given with 3 minutes extra time, but both the teams didn't score any goals and at the end of FT, Germany scored 3 and Socceroos scored 2. We are getting an ok price on this so perhaps this is the best bet to make on this match.

"It's a loss and the loss falls on me, it's my responsibility".

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. The B-team represents the current world champion is looking to win the tournament he emphasized. 1-0 to Germany with just five minutes on the clock.

Germany were dominant from the start and out sprinted their opponents, with Lars Stindl converting a perfectly-timed cutback from Julian Brandt to put them ahead in the fifth minute.

Germany got off to the ideal start as they went 1-0 up in the fifth minute through Stindl who smashed in a superb cutback from the right.

Australia nearly leveled things up as Trent Sainsbury got free from a free kick but headed wide under no pressure at all.

It was not to last.

Australia's joy did not last long, though, as Draxler restored Germany's lead, coolly dispatching a penalty after Massimo Luongo had clumsily hacked down Goretzka inside the area.

Brandt combined with Joshua Kimmich, who floated a cross over the defence for Goretzka, and he took it in his stride and rifled home.

"The Confederations Cup is a great gift", Germany coach Joachim Loew said Sunday through a translator, "because it will help us in the run up to next year and the following years to reach our goals and improve our players".

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.

Germany were denied a fourth goal in Russian Federation when Timo Werner hit the post.

Juric then teed up another sub, Robbie Kruse, but his effort was saved well down low by Leno as Australia pushed hard late on for an equalizer but couldn't find one with even Tim Cahill jumping off the bench.

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