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The confederations Cup in 2017 in Germany has Australians

The world champions, despite fielding a youthful, experimental side, were rampant in the opening period, with Postecoglou admitting his side were lucky to only be trailing 2-1 at the interval.”With the first goal against us it looked unlucky too, but I think it was way harder because first I moved towards the other corner”.There was to be no off-the-canvas third for Postecoglou’s side, which finished stronger but left themselves too much to do.The Canberran – clearly Australia’s best player – kept his composure to score at the second attempt from long range, after his first was blocked, to shock the 28,605 at the Olympic Stadium.It is a U-turn from last month’s comments when Loew said he “wouldn’t be sad” if the Confed Cup, a warm-up tournament for the 2018 World Cup, is not held in 2021.There was to be no equaliser, and Postecoglou was especially disappointed about the way his side started the game.Robbie Kruse made a difference to the Australian attack when he came on midway through the clash against Germany. Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy also makes the squad for Australia.”Obviously, we’ll have to improve”, Draxler said, “but we will do that”. It depends on the situation, obviously, but I’ve got full belief in our system and we’ve showed in games that we can play well with this system.”In the second half we said ‘let’s stick to our principles”.But just two minutes later the Germans were back in front, and it was from the spot.However, Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou refuses to believe the Germans can be considered as inexperienced underdogs. Australia managed to put Die Mannschaft’s back line under serious pressure over the last 10 minutes, but Leno’s hands got a bit better, and he caught everything the Aussies sent his way. That’s the most disappointing thing.It was extended further three minutes into the second half.”We’re in a competition out here and the next game if we don’t get three points it’s all over”.Tom Rogic, briefly, restored parity with a goal against the run of play, before Leon Goretzka made it 3-1 immediately after the break.With an average age of just 24 years and four months, and a combined total of 179 global appearances, Germany have the youngest squad among the eight Confed Cup teams.They were punished when Tommy Rogic scored out of nowhere, his first off-target shot bouncing off a defender’s back and his rebound slipping in under keeper Bernd Leno.”If we have a free afternoon perhaps one or two of us will go over there”, Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich said ahead of Monday’s Group B opener against Australia.”This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over ten days”.”They have a few very mobile players and they are technically sound going forward”. It’s not easy to do.