Germany got their FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 campaign off to a solid start with a 3-2 win over Australia at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi in front of 28,605 fans.
Julian Brandt was bright throughout and it was his run and cutback that teed up Lars Stindl to open the scoring, with his first goal for Germany.
Joachim Low’s side were – momentarily – punished for not increasing their lead after concerted pressure, as Tom Rogic’s shot squirmed underneath Bernd Leno to level matters.
Within five minutes, Leon Goretzka was brought down by Massimo Luongo in the Australian penalty area and captain Julian Draxler stepped up to slot the ball home, sending Maty Ryan the wrong way.
After the break, Joshua Kimmich’s lovely dinked through ball teed up Goretzka to extend the German lead, before Leno spilled a deflected Rogic shot into the path of Tomi Juric, whose goal was validated by a VAR review.
Substitute Timo Werner later hit the post as Germany controlled proceedings despite the slender lead.
Budweiser Man of the Match
The third-youngest German FIFA World Cup™ winner certainly has an old head on youthful shoulders, and Julian Draxler stepped up to the plate when his side needed him today.
A calmly-converted penalty was emblematic of an authoritative performance by the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.
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