Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

'I don't care': Aussie coach tetchy ahead of Confed opener

'I don't care': Aussie coach tetchy ahead of Confed opener

Emre Can came off the bench as Germany got their Confederations Cup campaign up and running with an entertaining 3-2 victory over Australia on Monday afternoon.

Goals by Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka either side of a penalty from captain Julian Draxler saw Germany home to leave them second in Group B behind Chile, who they face in Kazan on Thursday.

Goretzka joined Stindl in netting a maiden global goal shortly after half-time and, although Australia were much improved during the second period, they could not find an equaliser after Tomi Juric punished more slack work by Leno.

Being a defending Champions, this 8 team confederations warm-up match is a test to defend their championship for next year Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Their style of play could be different from Germany's fluid style of football.

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

Postecoglou's Australia bowed out in Brazil with three defeats from group matches against Chile, Netherlands and Spain - prompting a period of supposed transition that has already reaped handsome rewards. We allowed them too much space and probably a little bit too much respect.

"They have young players but there is pressure on them to do well".

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Being cranky and prickly is a badge of honor for Australia coach Ange Postecoglou. 1-0 to Germany with just five minutes on the clock.

Germany made wholesale changes to their squad, with only seven players from their EURO 2016 squad called in for this tournament.

While Kimmich showed much promise, Leno demonstrated that he's far from being a contender to replace 31-year-old Manuel Neuer in the German goal when it really matters for the world champions.

Low's side continued to dominate play after their early opener and Sandro Wagner almost doubled their lead in the 16th minute, sending a diving header inches wide at the far post following Goretzka's pinpoint cross, before the Hoffenheim man fired just wide again minutes later after beating the offside trap.

The livewire Goretzka burst in behind the defence and fell under the desperate challenge of Massimo Luongo, and Draxler despatched the spot-kick emphatically to send his side in 2-1 ahead.

And Germany extended their lead with a copybook move on 48 minutes.

Mexico equalized less than 10 minutes later with a close-range diving header by Chicharito after Portugal defender Raphael Guerreiro failed to clear a ball crossed into the area. "Maybe that was a mistake".

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