Untested Germans seek Confed Cup thrills at theme park site

Posted June 20, 2017

They were punished when Tommy Rogic scored out of nowhere, his first off-target shot bouncing off a defender's back and his rebound slipping in under goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

"We know they are a young side, but we also know they have a lot of great players".

"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.

Much had been made before kick-off of Germany bringing a young squad and their starting line-up had just 138 global appearances between them.

However, Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou refuses to believe the Germans can be considered as inexperienced underdogs.

Germany's Julian Draxler, right, fight an aerial duel wit two Australian players during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Australia and Germany, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 19, . And while the players might cross into the fantasy world across the road to try the extreme rides, they can't afford to ease up on the pitch if they are to return to Russian Federation. 1-0 to Germany with just five minutes on the clock. 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.

Three Australian defenders all got sucked into the near post when Julian Brandt prepared to cross and he cut the ball back for an unmarked Stindl to slam home his first global goal.

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The opening half-hour saw Australia on the ropes, with Stindl's fifth-minute opener bringing fears of a belting.

It was not to last.

It was extended further three minutes into the second half.

But Australia never stopped working to get the ball, and their pressure paid off in the 41st minute.

A now-obligatory review from the Video Assistant Referees found no offside but replays appeared to confirm that Juric had handled Rogic's shot before Leno's error, but the goal stood.

Germany sent on Timo Werner for the ineffectual Wagner, and the young RB Leipzig striker was causing Australia all sorts of problems with his pace, nearly scoring a fourth goal after a twisting and weaving run but could only manage to hit the post in the 75th minute.

"Being able to have the chance to get to that marker will be a massive honour in my career but, over time, I'd much prefer to take success in this competition because it's a massive competition", said Cahill, who vouched for Australia being revitalised under Postecoglou.