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World Cup winners Germany beat Asian champions Australia 3-2 in their opening Confederations Cup Group B match at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Julian Draxler's penalty and Leon Goretzka's goal which came minutes either side of halftime sealed Australia's fate, though Tomi Juric did scramble home a consolation goal.

Germany is one of the strongest teams in world football, and are also looked upon as favourites to win the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russian Federation. "This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days".

Australia was outplayed in their last global friendly at home by Brazil, and they will be looking for a better performance against Germany.

Lars Stindl had put Germany ahead before Celtic's Tom Rogic equalised. That he's landing in an attack-minded league should make things easier too, while the presence of fellow Mexican Andres Guardado definitely helps.

Like everyone in the Socceroos camp, Cahill is confident Australia can leave a mark on the tournament.

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Those who did turn out saw Germany waste no time in taking the lead with just five minutes gone. Stindl exploited vast gaps in the center of the pitch to advance unchecked to meet a cutback from 21-year-old winger Julian Brandt.

Mesut Ozil has not made the trip to Russian Federation as Germany have named a number of fringe players in their squad. With Jens Lehmann, Christoph Metzelder, Torsten Frings, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Kevin Kuranyi, Oliver Neuville and Tim Borowski no longer a part of Die Mannschaft for the 2010 World Cup, a host of changes were made to the starting eleven.

It should have been 2-0 soon after as Goretzka's wonderful cross found Sandro Wagner, but the Hoffenheim forward sent a diving header inches wide of the post when he should've done better.

Eight wins and two draws in their last ten matches, netting 31 goals and conceding just two, shows the Germans to be in red hot form.

At least two members of the Australian squad will be familiar to the Germans - goalkeeper Mitch Langerak of newly-promoted Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart and Mathew Leckie, who has just been relegated with FC Ingolstadt but is set to line up for Hertha Berlin next season. Defender Shkodran Mustafi was already a part of the national team at both the 2014 World Cup and EURO 2016.

And Germany extended their lead with a copybook move on 48 minutes. But the German keeper couldn't hold onto the ball, and Juric pounced on the rebound.


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