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Australia in need of more composure after Germany loss - Ange Postecoglou


With all of his World Cup-winning stars left at home, Low warned his youthful side that their next opponents, Chile, will offer them a tough test in Kazan tomorrow.

Australia has held its heads high against Germany in their last two friendlies. More than half of the traveling party in Russian Federation is at its first tournament with coach Joachim Loew. Unfortunately for them, the influential left-back picked up an injury in the 1-0 defeat of Morocco in a 2019 continental finals qualifier played just before they set off for Russian Federation, and has not been replaced.

"Second half was better, we composed ourselves a little bit, we were smarter defensively and good with the ball".

Chile already beat the Cameroon 2-0 yesterday night, to go top of the group, and will be only confirmed after today's game.

But Lars Stindl's opener was all they had to show for their efforts and Rogic seized the initiative in the 41st minute, lashing a drive under Bernd Leno after Shkodran Mustafi blocked his initial effort.

In the second half Joshua Kimmich flawless pass brought on the strike Goretzka and teammate Yevhen Konoplyanka at Schalke from a lethal position has not missed.

Australia's Tomi Juric, 4th right, scores during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Australia and Germany, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Monday, June 19, 2017.

We need to get a quick goal and then exert some dominance."A year out from the World Cup in Russian Federation, there has never been a better time for the Socceroos to poach a first win over Germany at a major competition at the fourth attempt".

"We're trying to play a certain way against the very best".

It took Germany five minutes to shatter those illusions and highlight the frailties of Australia's three-man defence, a system staunchly defended by the coach, Ange Postecoglou, in recent months.

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

"I know there is the thought of them coming in as underdogs, but Draxler is no small name", said Cahill. The players they will rely on though will include the likes of Wenger and Leno to lead the team to a victory here.

"(We've taken) no points but we can take the fact that we played really well", he said.

"It's a loss and the loss falls on me, it's my responsibility". The Germans have recorded 8 wins and 2 draws over their last 10, and they are both healthy going into today's head-to-head.

"They (Germany) caused us problems down the left-hand side and we had to move things around after the break".

Australia's commitment to a more attacking style of play, even against global heavyweights, has drawn some criticism but Behich is confident their approach will pay dividends in St Petersburg.