Germany Edge Past Australia with 3-2 Win at 2017 Confederations Cup

The win was Germany's second against Australia at the FIFA Confederations Cup following their 4-3 win over the Socceroo in the group stage of the 2005 edition in Germany.

The question is, what will Ange Postecoglou take from Russian Federation 2017?

Germany then notched up around a dozen unanswered chances without ever managing to establish a cushion.

Tom Rogic - who made HuffPost Australia's list of the best sports people of 2016 who were not dickheads - scored this lovely goal to make things 1-1.

"The Confed Cup is like a gift for me", said Germany's head coach Joachim Loew. In the first half we sat back a little bit more, which is not our game.

Chile already beat the Cameroon 2-0 yesterday night, to go top of the group, and will be only confirmed after today's game.

Midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is close to completing a £10 million move to Huddersfield, and Burton Albion's Jackson Irvine are expected to start the game. Loew said through a translator.

Good question, the Confederations Cup is held every four years and sees the World Cup winners, most recent Federation Internationale de Football Association confederation champions and the host country all compete in what is often seen as a prelude to the World Cup.

"As much as we had defensive problems, when we got the ball we were too static in our movement", said Postecoglou of the attacking substitutions.

"But it was encouraging we were able to do the things we wanted in the second half - we just need to put it all together now".

World champions Germany will field an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener today with striker Timo Werner fearing a robust challenge from the Socceroos.

Seconds after the restart, though, Germany regained control, winning a penalty that Draxler converted, wrongfooting Mathew Ryan in the Australian goal.

Germany opened the scoring in the fifth minute on their way to a 3-2 win, and for the opening half hour, Australia appeared lost against the Germans, and Postecoglou admitted the Socceroos could have been three or four down at half-time.

Leno produced another howler after the break, when he spilled a tame shot straight to Tomi Juric, who punished his error with a simple tap-in.

The final half-hour was entirely at odds with the opening period, with Australia carving out opportunities to level, though Germany can point to their own chances, hitting a post late on.

"We know that they're a young side but we also know that they've got a lot of great players", Cahill said.

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

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Being cranky and prickly is a badge of honor for Australia coach Ange Postecoglou. Stindl exploited vast gaps in the center of the pitch to advance unchecked to meet a cutback from 21-year-old winger Julian Brandt. At 28 and an attacking midfielder, Stindl was always going to struggle to be a part of the Germany team, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, here he is.