Youthful Germany squeeze past Australia

Australia v Germany - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 19, 2017 Australia’s goalkeeper Mathew Ryan fails to save a goal by Germany’s Leon Goretzka. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Australia v Germany - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Group B - Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 19, 2017 Australia’s goalkeeper Mathew Ryan fails to save a goal by Germany’s Leon Goretzka. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A youthful Germany side weathered a second-half fightback by Australia to open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over the Socceroos on Monday in Sochi.

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.

Celtic midfielder Tommy Rogic and Tomi Juric scored for Australia, who had a string of late chances to equalise.

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