Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Youthful Germany squeeze past Australia Confederations Cup

SOCCEROOS defender Ryan McGowan is confident that Fifa's use of Video Assistant Referees at this year's Confederations Cup will ensure that major decisions are called correctly during the tournament.

SOCHI: Beyond one goal, there's the beach.

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. Germany is taking the Confed Cup seriously said Bierhoff when talking to the press after arriving in Russian Federation.

Rapid-fire matches with Cameroon and Chile follow for Australia, with the top two sides from the four-team group progressing to the semifinals.

If the match on Monday is anything like that 2005 contest in Frankfurt, then the fans in Sochi's Fisht Stadium are in for a rare treat.

After their Asian Cup win in 2015, Postecoglou took his champions to Germany for a friendly which Australia led before drawing 2-2. On paper the African champions are the most beatable of the Socceroos' opponents, sitting just 16 spots above them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

A couple of those Germanys might win two, even three future World Cups by the end of the next decade, if Low dares turn up the optimism filter in his imagination to full beam.

Since Miroslav Klose, the enduring veteran, retired after Germany had lifted the 2014 World Cup, the search has been ongoing to find a striker with orthodox poacher and target-man skills, to compliment the many creators - such as Ozil, Muller, Julian Draxler, Marco Reus - who like to play just behind the No 9 spot.

Australia on the other hand will be looking to play as a team to get past the strength of the Germans. "We're not going to make any sort of impact unless we're absolutely at the peak of our powers in everything we do", Postecoglou said.

"We expect some nerves, as most of the players are playing their first tournament".

VAR was used in the A-League in the latter stages of the season just passed, though with the vast majority of the Socceroos squad based at overseas clubs, the process will be new to most. "If people dismiss that they will dismiss everything else, so I do not really care". "I think my tenure has already been defined". The teams are in group B together with the African and South American Champions. All eyes are on the Socceroos and manager Postecoglou, as they begin what could prove an era-defining run of games. "Absolutely I thought we matched it with them for periods of the game and the character and resilience they showed is unquestionable".

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