Germany vs Australia Preview: Youthful German squad prepare to face Socceroos test

Antonio Rudiger as Germany warm

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.

The world champions did not bring the likes of Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller with them to Russian Federation, but Low's experimental team proved to be more-than-adequate replacements for this test as Lars Stindl, captain Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka all found the net.

Cahill, who scored one of the best goals at the 2014 World Cup finals with a cracking volley against the Dutch, could also break the 50-goal mark for Australia in Russian Federation.

For now it's all about the Confederations Cup, which features the World Cup holders, six regional national team champions and host Russian Federation.

"I'm disappointed. It's no fault of the players to be fair to them".

"The last World Cup in Brazil, we outplayed some of the best teams in the world for long stretches".

Australia almost snatched an equaliser in the 81st minute but goalkeeper, Bernd Leno rushed off his line to deny Juric.

"First and foremost, I am happy we picked up the three points", beamed Germany coach Joachim Loew, who punched the air at the final whistle. However, even with a lot of individual qualities, it remains to be seen how they'll perform as a unit. 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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However, Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou refuses to believe the Germans can be considered as inexperienced underdogs.

Germany's rawness wasn't obvious at all early in the game when a goal was created after only five minutes.

The 28-year-old found an acre of space to volley Julian Brandt's cut-back past Mat Ryan and the inattentive back three.

Germany made wholesale changes to their squad, with only seven players from their EURO 2016 squad called in for this tournament.

Mexico controlled possession and spent more time in Portugal's area, but the Euro 2016 champions were a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at the Kazan Arena. Since 1974, the German national team has won 3 wins, one victory was remembered by the Australian national team, and once the teams played a draw. Rodic's shot came off defender Shkodran Mustafi and he followed up with a shot that went under Leno.

"Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win".

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.

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