Youthful Germany expects tough start at Confed Cup

Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has outlined how Australia are preparing to beat Germany

The FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 will be telecast live on ITV and the United Kingdom football fans can live stream the Germany Vs Australia match with the Sky Go app or via the ITV website.

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

Germany coach Joachim Loew has as a result brought a young team to Russian Federation, and the players on the journey are eager to prove themselves ahead of next year's World Cup.

Brazil have won the last three Confederations Cups, but will not be able to defend their trophy after failing to win either the World Cup or Copa America. "They're a team who are hard to play against".

The best and worst of Ange Postecoglou's side was on display in Sochi. Retaining the World Cup next year is the priority. Even three straight defeats at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil could not dampen the spirits of Australian fans, as Postecoglou's side played with poise against highly fancied opposition.

Australia made it 3-2 when Juric tapped home from close range after Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed to hold a deflected Rogic shot on 56 minutes.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Germans next play Chile on Thursday while Australia face Cameroon in their respective second round of matches. With the usual suspects of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil, Mario Gómez, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller all absent, the Socceroos have a golden opportunity to start the tournament on a positive note.




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Germany have traveled to Sotchi in southern Russian Federation as World Cup champions but the squad contains only three players who lifted the trophy in Brazil three years ago - Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and captain Julian Draxler.

"I don't think they have brought an under-strength team", Australia defender Milos Degenek said.

"We just have to believe now - that's the biggest key", he said. To do so now, with so many of their first-teamers left behind, would throw down a powerful gauntlet, declare that they have a first-class batch of second-string footballers. 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.

Their other group opponents are Copa America champions Chile and Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon. I've featured in many games, but not from the beginning.

"Being able to have the chance to get to that marker will be a massive honour in my career but, over time, I'd much prefer to take success in this competition because it's a massive competition", said Cahill, who vouched for Australia being revitalised under Postecoglou.

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