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Thursday 29 June 2017

Germans victorious

Lars Stindl
Lars Stindl

Fresh-faced Germany were made to work harder than expected in their 3-2 victory over Australia in their Confederations Cup Group B debut yesterday with the world champions' young squad still adjusting to tournament life.

Loew's men would have had a far easier afternoon on the Black Sea were it not for their wasted scoring chances.

The Germans were in control from the start and outsprinted their opponents, with Lars Stindl converting a perfectly timed cutback from Julian Brandt to put them ahead in the fifth minute.

Germany were then punished when Tommy Rogic scored out of nowhere as he slipped the ball under keeper Bernd Leno. Their joy lasted only three minutes with the Germans earning a penalty in the 44th which Draxler converted.

Goretzka grabbed another in the 48th but the Germans dropped the ball with Leno letting a shot slip out of his hands and Tomi Juric tapping in. Germany were left to rue their poor conversion rate as they also hit the post late in the game.

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