Germany hold off Australia to claim thrilling win at FIFA Confederations Cup

Posted on June 19 2017 , at 06:49 pm
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  • The world champs kicked off their campaign with a deserved win against the Socceroos.

Bailey Wright, Julian Draxler, Emre Can and Trent Sainsbury shake hands at the final whistle. Photo: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Germany may have left a team of their star players at home, but still managed to get the job done in their opening FIFA Confederations Cup match on Monday.

The world champions, without Toni Kroos, Mesut Oezil, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Leroy Sane and more, got a 3-2 win over Australia.

Lars Stindl put the Germans ahead after just five minutes but Tom Rogic equalised for the Socceroos four minutes before half time.

Goretzka celebrates after scoring Germany’s third. Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The Germans ensured they went into the break ahead, though, as captain, Julian Draxler converted a 45th minute penalty.

And it seemed the result was sealed when Leon Goretzka made it 3-1 for Germany after 48 minutes.

The Australians however pulled one back through Tomi Juric after 57 minutes, before seeing a shout for a penalty waved aside two minutes later as Germany held off to claim the win.

Germany now lie in second behind Chile in Group B of the Confederations Cup, with both nations meeting on Thursday night in a game that would likely decide which of them wins the group.

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