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Confederations Cup is a gift for Germany gaffer Joachim Loew

23 Juin 2017

Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka scored their first worldwide goals to help Germany beat Australia 3-2 in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday. Prior to that, though, the Socceroos shocked Die Mannschaft in 2011, recording a 2-1 win in Moenchengladbach.

"It's disappointing, we were barely clinging on in the first half", admitted Postecoglou.

"We had a good opportunity to win the game, in the end they were the better team, scoring three goals". They composed themselves a little bit. Thomas Rogic's first shot was blocked, putting Bernd Leno off balance in goal.

"The belief for me comes from over a decade with the Socceroos", he said.

The champions of Asia, Australia, take on the World Cup winners, Germany.

Alex Gersbach and James Jeggo will replace the two in Russian Federation, with Aaron Mooy also set to make an appearance at some point throughout the competition. That being said, this seems like a game to much for Australia and I think that they will be comfortably beaten by the Germans. It depends on the situation, obviously, but I've got full belief in our system and we've showed in games that we can play well with this system.

"In the second half we said let's stick to our principles".

"The five minutes just before half-time once we got back into it and then again just after [half-time]".

While head coach Ange Postecoglou suffered injury blows ahead of the tournament when captain Mile Jedinak and defender Bradley Smith were ruled out through injury, he can still call on experienced names in the form of goalkeeper Maty Ryan, who plays his club football at Valencia in Spain, defender Trent Sainsbury, who's at Inter Milan, and evergreen striker Tim Cahill - who at 37 remains committed to the Socceroos' cause.

Julian Draxler is one of the three players to have featured for Germany in the last World Cup.

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"It's hard to put a finger on it".

"We invested a lot in the first half and ran a lot", Kimmich said.

"Hopefully we can build on that second half".

Germany, led by Julian Draxler, were utterly dominant from kick-off and once they took the lead as early as the fifth minute via Lars Stindl.

Joachim Low's much-changed Germany opened their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 victory over Australia in Sochi.

"The first priority is to develop the team, the second to win here", said team manager Oliver Bierhoff. It's not easy to do.

This could be one of Australia's biggest test in the Confederations Cup group stages, and if they manage to even earn a point against the Germans, Australia will be pumped up for the remainder of the competition. We'll continue to do that.

"I'm disappointed with the result but not the performance of my players".

With the right chemistry and cohesion, you felt they would have been comfortable in the lead, adjusting to Australia's aggression and picking their spots on the break.

Confederations Cup is a gift for Germany gaffer Joachim Loew