Sloppy start derails Socceroos in 5-goal Germany clash

Beth Cruz
June 20, 2017

However, two errors from goalkeeper Neuer's deputy Bernd Leno kept Australia in it as Celtic's Tom Rogic and Tomi Juric scored in either half, the second still standing despite the goal being referred to the much-debated video assistant referee (VAR) at the time.

Germany got off to the flawless start as they went 1-0 up in the fifth minute through Stindl who smashed in a superb cutback from the right.

The Australian threat persisted but Germany clung on to collect three points in the Fisht Stadium, where around 20,000 seats were empty.

But it was a much more composed performance by the Socceroos in the second half and just before the hour Australia reduced the deficit.

The result leaves Germany and Chile with a win from Group B while Australia and Cameroon will need to get something from their remaining matches.

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

Germany coach Joachim Loew has as a result brought a young team to Russian Federation, and the players on the journey are eager to prove themselves ahead of next year's World Cup.

"We can't just expect that everything will function seamlessly", he said. And while the players might cross into the fantasy world across the road to try the extreme rides, they can't afford to ease up on the pitch if they are to return to Russian Federation.

In their last nine World Cup appearances, they've always made it to at least the quarterfinal stage, while actually winning the Cup twice. That he's landing in an attack-minded league should make things easier too, while the presence of fellow Mexican Andres Guardado definitely helps.

Australia almost snatched an equaliser in the 81st minute but goalkeeper, Bernd Leno rushed off his line to deny Juric.

Germany once again looked like they were going to run away with the game just after halftime, scoring their third in the 48th minute.

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

On the other hand, Australia has come into the competition with an experienced squad which features Tim Cahill who is already on 97 caps for his country.

However, Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou refuses to believe the Germans can be considered as inexperienced underdogs. In 2011, they celebrated a shock 2-1 victory over an under-strength German side in Mönchengladbach before drawing 2-2 with the World Championsin Kaiserslautern in 2015.

Germany's rawness wasn't obvious at all early in the game when a goal was created after only five minutes. Another one of these would go down well.

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