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Confederations Cup is a gift for Germany gaffer Joachim Loew

In the Sochi news conference, a Brazilian journalist enquired in English what the advantages and disadvantages were of playing against such a youthful opponent.Australia rarely plays African opposition and has never faced Cameroon, participating in the Russian tournament after a whirlwind African Cup of Nations victory earlier this year.Up stepped captain Julian Draxler to fire Die Mannschaft back into the lead.At the other end another substitute, Timo Werner, went close as he wriggled free but the RB Leipzig man hit the post. A good night’s sleep and we’re back on deck in the morning! Russian Federation is their third appearance at the Tournament of Champions – they went out at the group stage in Mexico in 1999, although managed to claim third place as hosts in 2005, thanks to a 4-3 win over Mexico in their playoff. “We had a few opportunities to get another one”.Low promised to change up his tactics and teams through the tournament, which Germany regards as preparation for their World Cup defence in 2018.”So for us, there’ll be positives, but over the whole of 90 minutes, we needed to be better and I’m sure we’ll look at it and pick ourselves up for the next game”.Cahill, who scored one of the best goals at the 2014 World Cup finals with a cracking volley against the Dutch, could also break the 50-goal mark for Australia in Russian Federation.”We know the issues we have are not massive”. Unfortunately for them, the influential left-back picked up an injury in the 1-0 defeat of Morocco in a 2019 continental finals qualifier played just before they set off for Russian Federation, and has not been replaced.And Australia, ever persistent, made them pay with a goal out of nowhere.”I’m proud of the boys”, he said.”First half they were just too good for us”. Inevitably the focus on Germany has centered on its callow squad, containing only three world champions from 2014 while numerous established stars have been given a break.World-class goalkeeper Neuer is recovering from foot surgery, so Bayer Leverkusen’s shot-stopper Bernd Leno is tasked with keeping Australia’s attack at bay.The Socceroos have a win, a draw and a loss against the Germans under Joachim Low’s management.The German’s arrive in Russian Federation with an unblemished 100 per cent record in their World Cup qualifying group – winning all six games, scoring 27 and conceding just once.However, the Socceroos have arrived in Russian Federation on the back of a narrow World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia and a hammering by Brazil.”Because we’ve lost today we want to go and put things back right and get back to winning”.After the opening game in Sochi, Cameroon and Chile then await Australia and Germany in Group B. The top two sides progress to the semi-finals.