Germany beat the Australian national soccer team, the Socceroos, by three goals to two at Sochi, Russia.The world Cup holder, in preparation to their defense of the trophy they won in Brazil three years ago,brought a youthful side to prosecute this year Confederation Cup competition.
Conspicuously missing from the German team that played the Socceroos today was the bulk of the players that won Germany the World cup in Brazil. Regulars like Jerome Boateng,Mat Hummels,Thomas Muller,Mario Gotze, Toni kross, Benedikt Howedes, Samir Khidera and the injured first choice keeper Manuel Neuer gave way to a youthful German team that brimmed so much quality in every department on the field but betrayed lack of experience, as evidenced by the sloppiness, misplaced passes and lack of team cohesion they exhibited in today’s game.
The first goal of the match was scored by Lars Stindl.The Borussia Monchengladbach mid-fielder fired a well- placed shot into the net from a Julian Brandt’s pass that found him unmarked in the six yard box.
The Socceroos restored parity through Tom Rogic’s shot that slid through the hands of Bernd Leno.His intial shot at goal took a deflection from shkodran Musatafi, and he made no mistake the second time around when the deflected ball fell in front of him.
Germany shot into the lead again through a combination play between Joshua Kimmich and Leon Groretzka, which resulted in the former finding the space and ample time to shoot the ball into the net from an oblique angle.
Julian Draxler made it three for Germany when he beat Matthew Ryan from penalty kick spot.
Tomi Juric scored the Socceroos’ last goal of the match, smashing into the open net the ball goal keeper Leno had spilled in front of him after a brief scramble that resulted from a deflected free kick inside the penalty box.
The first fifteen minutes of the game saw the Germans dominating the play.They had more ball possession and prevented their opponent from making inroads into their own half of the pitch.
The socceroos found it very difficult to contain Brandt from the right flank.His dribbling runs and good positioning made the right flank an effective outlet for German offensive play in the early exchanges.Little wonder he gave the assist for the first goal of the match: a perfectly squared pass to an onrushing Stindl.
The Germans had chances to score more goals in the first half, but misses from Sandro Wagner and saves from Ryan kept the score line at one-one for a long spell in the half.
Tent Salisbury failed to find the goal the goal with his header from a one-one situation with Leno inside the penalty box.
The bright spot in the Socceroos mid-field was Aaron Mooy.The Manchester City mid-fielder was able to thread few passes to his team mates from the mid-field where Goretzka and Draxler were pulling the strings.The energetic mid-fielder threw a few tackles and on some occasions broke up the German’s offensive play from his position in central mid-field.
Just as it appeared that the game was heading for one-one first half draw,Goretzka was on hand again to turn the game on its head: the Schake 04 mid-fielder on receiving a pass inside the opponent’s penalty box,committed Massimo Luango into hacking him down, the penalty that was awarded led to the second goal for German
The Germans came into the second half with a renewed vigor, which soon led to their scoring their third and final goal of the match.Immediately after the goal, they became sloppy and were most times guilty of misplaced passes.This allowed the Socceroos to come into the game with more determination.
For a long spell, the determined Australian players kept the Germans away from attacking their own pitch.Though Germany still threatened with counter-attacking play, one of which would have resulted in a fourth goal had Timo Werner showed more composure in front of goal.
As the games wound on to its inevitable end the Socceroos, inspired by their second goal, peppered the Germans with their own attacking play, that was mostly orchestrated by Tomi Rogic and second half substitute,James Troisi.
Joachim Low introduced Liverpool’s Emre Can into the the game, and his calming influence helped to curtail the Socceroos late rally.
Timo Werner occasionally threatened the opponent with his pace and dribbling runs, but failed to find the net.
At the end of the game, the better side won.Most people had actually predicted that the Socceroos would suffer a heavy defeat from the highly rate German team, but the Australian gave a good account of themselves against the World champions. credit must be given to the Oceania representatives for the gallant battle they fought against a football power house like Germany.
Though the German team showed a lot of inexperience in their game, the youthful team they paraded showed that the future is very bright for German football.While it is unlikely that Bernd Leno would become the first choice keeper any time soon, but Germany has three excellent goal keepers in this competition that would some day succeed Neuer whenever he decides to hangs his gloves.Julian Brandt showed today that his more effective from the right flank than the highly intelligent but sluggish Mesut Ozil. Antonio Ruediger will challenge the normally slow Boateng for a starting spot in next year’s World cup Finals; so will Goretzka give the usual starters in his position a stiff challenge in future games.At present,Germany boasts an embarrassment of talented mid-fielders that would give the most tactically astute manger a selection headache.And this situation is in itself is a good problem for any manager.
The future is bright for Die Mannschaft.