Confederation Cup: Germany Start With Hard-Fought Win Vs Australia


Germany's Confederations Cup campaign opens against Australia in the Black Sea resort of Sochi where people in blackface wearing African clothing and carrying bananas marched in a government-parade last month.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Beyond one goal, there's the beach.

The last time the two sides met at the Confederations Cup was in 2005, when their group clash ended in a thrilling 4-3 victory for Germany.

Much has been made of Joachim Low's decision to select a Germany squad lacking most of the country's star names for this trip to Russian Federation, with an emphasis on youth and fringe players a year out from their World Cup defence.

Tim Cahill leads his teammates during a training session ahead of tonight's Confederations Cup group match with Germany in Russian Federation.

Liverpool star Emre Can will represent Germany in the Confederations Cup who play their first game on Monday against Australia.

Juric was clearly onside and there was no conclusive proof from the replays that there had been a deliberate handball from the scorer so the game quickly restarted with Geiger's original call standing. Retaining the World Cup next year is the priority. Injury or illness ruled out other players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Mario Goetze.

"The key thing for us is believing in the way we play and the philosophy of the last two or three years", he added.

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

But Germany's young and relatively inexperienced team - their most-capped player and captain for the tournament is 23-year-old Julian Draxler, who has won a whopping 30 caps coming into the tournament - is a different beast and one who will be fascinating to watch over the next couple of weeks. "This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days". The oldest tried to join him by also scoring his first tournament goal, but Sandro Wagner's diving header was off target.

The world champions have sent a much-changed squad to Russian Federation for the tournament but remain among the favourites. We know they've got to produce.

"Most of the squad will be used". "I think my tenure has already been defined". Successive defeats to the world, African and South American champions would see Australia demoralised heading into their all-important August encounter with Japan. All eyes are on the Socceroos and manager Postecoglou, as they begin what could prove an era-defining run of games.

"I've been in the game for long enough now (to know) that you have your ups and downs during a game and, unfortunately for me, it happened quite early on but you've just got to bounce back", Wight said.


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