Germany overcome battling Australia in Confederations Cup

Lars Stindl celebrates scoring for Germany against Australia at the Confederations Cup

Germany have yet to win the Confederations Cup

World champions Germany beat Australia in Sochi to get their first Confederations Cup campaign since 2005 off to a winning start.

The Socceroos were 3-1 down when Tomi Juric’s goal was allowed to stand despite a suspected handball after a review by the video assistant referee.

Lars Stindl had put Germany ahead before Celtic’s Tom Rogic equalised.

Julian Draxler’s penalty made it 2-1 after Leon Goretzka was fouled before Goretzka got the third.

Germany were denied a fourth goal in Russia when Timo Werner hit the post.

Joachim Low has named seven uncapped players in his Confederations Cup squad after resting experienced keeper Manuel Neuer, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, defender Mats Hummels and forward Thomas Muller.

Germany’s next Group B game is against Chile, who beat Cameroon 2-0 on Sunday, on Thursday (19:00 BST) in Kazan.

Australia face Cameroon on Thursday (16:00 BST) in St Petersburg.

Group A:

  • Russia, qualify as 2018 World Cup hosts
  • New Zealand, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners
  • Portugal, Euro 2016 winners
  • Mexico, 2015 Concacaf Cup winners

Group B:

  • Cameroon, 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners
  • Chile, 2015 Copa America winners
  • Australia, 2015 Asian Cup winners
  • Germany, 2014 World Cup winners

Live Text

Match ends, Australia 2, Germany 3.

Second Half ends, Australia 2, Germany 3.

Attempt missed. Timo Werner (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Rudy.

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Shkodran Mustafi.

Attempt missed. Leon Goretzka (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Timo Werner.

Substitution, Australia. Tim Cahill replaces Tomi Juric.

Emre Can (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Troisi (Australia).

Foul by Emre Can (Germany).

James Troisi (Australia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Robbie Kruse (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomi Juric.

Substitution, Germany. Emre Can replaces Lars Stindl.

Jonas Hector (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robbie Kruse (Australia).

Timo Werner (Germany) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Sebastian Rudy (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mathew Leckie (Australia).

Attempt saved. James Troisi (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Joshua Kimmich (Germany).

Aziz Behich (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Australia. James Troisi replaces Tomas Rogic.

Trent Sainsbury (Australia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Timo Werner (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Trent Sainsbury (Australia).

Substitution, Germany. Niklas Süle replaces Julian Brandt.

Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Australia).

Foul by Jonas Hector (Germany).

Robbie Kruse (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Julian Draxler (Germany) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Julian Brandt.

Substitution, Germany. Timo Werner replaces Sandro Wagner.

Goal! Australia 2, Germany 3. Tomi Juric (Australia) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Tomi Juric (Australia) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Mooy (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Leon Goretzka (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Leon Goretzka (Germany).

Tomas Rogic (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Leon Goretzka (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Rudy.

Goal! Australia 1, Germany 3. Leon Goretzka (Germany) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Joshua Kimmich with a through ball.

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