Australia coach is not taking young German players lightly


World Champions Germany began their FIFA Confederations Cup on a high, as they claimed a 3-2 win over Australia in an entertaining encounter. Many of his players will experience new tactics, styles and challenges Loew said.

Team Germany dominated the game from the very beginning, they score a goal within the 5 minutes of the game and the second goal came at the 44th and 48th minute for them. 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.

Despite the odds firmly in the Germans' favour, Australia got a goal back and once again, had Leno to thank for.

Rogic's shot from the edge of the area was lacking any real venom and should have been dealt with comfortably by the Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper, but he spilled the attempt into the path of Juric, who was left with a simple finish to make it 3-2.

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.

"It's disappointing, we were barely clinging on in the first half", admitted Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. "So in the second half, Australia had a bit more possession but I didn't think they had a lot of opportunities and chances".

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. Australia, on the other hand, will be at full strength and a win will be a huge confidence boost for the Socceroos.

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.

SBS have picked up the rights to every Socceroos game of the tournaments, as well as the semi-finals and final.

The gulf in quality was clear, and yet the callow Germans discovered the perils of not killing off a game. Throw some interesting defenders like Antonio Rüdiger, Shkodran Mustafi, and Matthias Ginter into the mix, and seeing how this squad shakes out and plays will be a lot of fun.

However, Germany were awarded a penalty on the stroke of halftime when Leon Goretzka was brought down. 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.