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Germany 3 - 2 Australia: Postecoglou hails courageous Socceroos in Confederations Cup opener

20 June 2017, 10:59 | Erica Roy

With just five minutes remaining before the break, Vargas managed to find himself alone in front of the net at Spartak stadium before some 33,500 fans but his goal was annulled after the Video Assistant Referee ruled offside.

Fresh-faced Germany were made to work harder than expected in their 3-2 victory over Australia in their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Group B debut yesterday. We kind of lost the plot a bit but the important thing is we won.

"I'm proud of the boys", he said, "obviously we want to win the game (but there were) just a few key moments there where we conceded goals".

Brandt's fiercely-hit shot from outside the area produced a diving save from Socceroos goalkeeper Maty Ryan, and Australia barely escaped their own half in the opening 30 minutes, but they eventually started to build some momentum.

"It's a loss and the loss falls on me, it's my responsibility".

"I thought we played really well".

Goals by Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka, either side of a penalty by Julian Draxler, saw Germany home to leave them second in Group B behind Chile, who they face in Kazan on Thursday.

Cameroon are unlikely to offer the same threat as the Germans, even if the world champions have come to Russian Federation without a host of leading players.

Postecoglou said he also encouraged his team to remember their pregame confidence.

"They probed for weaknesses, they capitalized on the opportunities they had".

Massimo Luongo, who gave away a penalty on a night to forget, was substituted for Robbie Kruse, allowing Aaron Mooy to sit deeper and have more time on the ball.


The best and worst of Postecoglou's side was on display in Sochi.

However, his opposite number Joachim Loew said Australia have developed since Postecoglou took charge in 2013.

"It would have been easy to come out in the second 45 and chuck the towel in but we didn't do that".

Australia's commitment to a more attacking style of play, even against worldwide heavyweights, has drawn some criticism but Behich is confident their approach will pay dividends in St Petersburg.

- Arturo Vidal scored the opening goal of Chile's Confederations Cup campaign and now has three goals in his last four games for his country.

Loew has said there is much more to come from his young squad and his starting line-up in Sochi had only 138 worldwide appearances between them.

"Who'd expect everything to run top notch after only 10 days together?"

"We were losing our thread, our attacks were not as consistent and we weren't single-minded", Loew said.

The world champions, despite fielding a youthful, experimental side, were rampant in the opening period, with Postecoglou admitting his side were lucky to only be trailing 2-1 at the interval.

Having conceded after just five minutes, Australia regrouped and almost levelled but Trent Sainsbury could only head wide from a free-kick.

"Chile is one of the world's best teams, not just in this tournament, they have a lot of experience and fantastic individuals".



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