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Fresh-faced Germans made to sweat in 3-2 win over Australia

27 June, 2017, 14:30 | Author: Christina Hansen

"Physically, the team is in a good condition and has made a good impression in training".

Tim Cahill prepares to come on during the FIFA Confederations Cup match against Germany.

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 29, 2016, Germany's Antonio Ruediger kicks the ball during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Slovakia in Augsburg, Germany.

The Socceroos only managed one shot on goal in the first-half. Behind another, a theme park with its roller coasters and fairytale castle.

Against Germany we let one through in the first five minutes - not ideal but at least slightly less embarrassing.

Germany's last Confederations Cup campaign was also in 2005, before they hosted the World Cup a year later.

For once Germany isn't so fixated on the trophy.

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"We know that Germany play with a very set style". Their every move is being assessed, judged on whether they have a long-term future in the squad.

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. Injury or illness ruled out other players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Mario Goetze.

"They've stated that they want to win a World Cup in 12 months time and this is part of their preparation for it".

No need to lighten up just because you're at a Federation Internationale de Football Association tournament.

Just three members of their 2014 World Cup winning group - Julian Draxler, Matthias Ginter and Shkodran Mustafi - have been included. "They could bring another three or four teams and it would still be the same".

"They have faultless during their qualifying".

"They'll leave the ball to us and will counter-attack".

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"For many it was the first game in such a tournament so I am satisfied", he added.

Tom Rogic equalised against the run of play but Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka were on target either side of the interval, before Tomi Juric reduced the arrears to leave an improved Socceroos pushing for an unlikely point.

Some, like strikers Sandro Wagner and Lars Stindl, have had to wait until their late 20s to get a chance in the senior squad. A lack of playing time at Bayern Munich has frustrated the versatile 22-year-old who has still become a regular in the Germany starting XI.

This German team in the Confederations Cup is the youngest among all the eight teams in the competition. "I've already played under him for a year". The boys know the basics and have a lot of quality.

Loew has said there is much more to come from his young squad and his starting line-up in Sochi had only 138 worldwide appearances between them.

"It's just disappointing. I didn't come here to lose games".

The gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game.

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


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