Confederations Cup: Germany struggles to victory

Terry Joseph
June 20, 2017

Germany's Julian Brandt, right, and Australia's Bailey Wright go for a header during the Confederations Cup.

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

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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.

However, the Socceroos have arrived in Russian Federation on the back of a narrow World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia and a 4-0 hammering by Brazil.

Joachim Low's men now meet Chile on Thursday, while Australia take on Cameroon on matchday two.

The game was played in Sochi on Monday. He is sure the fans around the globe want to see the German stars attending a World Cup rather than a Confed Cup.

Emre Can came off the bench as Germany got their Confederations Cup campaign up and running with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Australia on Monday afternoon. 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.

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

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

"It wasn't a great start, that's obvious, but it's how you build on it and grow and if you let it get to you then it can affect you for the whole 90 minutes".

Only three of the squad - Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler - lifted the World Cup in Brazil three years ago, but none of the trio played in the Rio final.

Australia on the other hand will be looking to play as a team to get past the strength of the Germans.

"We expect some nerves, as most of the players are playing their first tournament". The Confederations Cup will undoubtedly provide the platform for Kimmich to convince Carlo Ancelotti to use him more at German champion Bayern. I think the whole squad is. All eyes are on the Socceroos and manager Postecoglou, as they begin what could prove an era-defining run of games.

Of the squad Low picked for Russia, a full eleven might just as easily be performing in Poland with the U21s, which gives an indication of how youthful the squad selected for the Confeds Cup is, and also how much faith the German Football Federation have in the breadth of talent available to them.

Chile's breakthrough was just reward for a dominant performance at the Spartak Stadium, where the South American champions had a goal controversially ruled out for offside by video technology at the end of the first half.

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