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Confederations Cup: Socceroos v Germany - Everything you need to know

20 June 2017
Confederations Cup: Socceroos v Germany - Everything you need to know

Following his appointment, Postecoglou did an admirable job of balancing generational transition and competitive results.

The Socceroos are still learning to adapt to a new back three formation but Wright is bullish about their chances adding: "We're going to be a hard team to play against".

Goals from Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka, secured the win for Germany.

Lately, though, the Socceroos have looked listless. The setting only reinforces the sense Germany is taking a more casual approach to this eight-team tournament than the Australians.

Germany, four-time World Cup winners, three of those as West Germany, have never won a Confeds Cup.

The Socceroos' last outing ahead of the Confederations Cup was a 4-0 humbling at the hands of Brazil in a Melbourne friendly.

The team's performances in Russian Federation this week will therefore set the tone for the remainder of Postecoglou's tenure - the manager has already signalled that he will step down when his contract expires in July 2018.

Chile's breakthrough was just reward for a dominant performance at the Spartak Stadium, where the South American champions had a goal controversially ruled out for offside by video technology at the end of the first half.

The German's arrive in Russian Federation with an unblemished 100 per cent record in their World Cup qualifying group - winning all six games, scoring 27 and conceding just once.

Like everyone in the Socceroos camp, Cahill is confident Australia can leave a mark on the tournament.

Low will also hope these heroes of German football, rested from duty in Russian Federation this month, will also have watched the country's Under 21s embark on their Uefa U21 tournament campaign with the same interest yesterday.

What even is the Confederations Cup? Last week defender Trent Sainsbury hit out at the media's "nitpicking", telling the Sydney Morning Herald: "We have the support of the fans, it would be nice to have the support of the media as well". "They stuck to our principles", said a visibly dejected Postecoglou at his post-match news conference.

"The team and I are really up for the start", he said.

Mesut Ozil has not made the trip to Russian Federation as Germany have named a number of fringe players in their squad. Injury or illness ruled out other players, including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and midfielder Mario Goetze. Cameroon will play vs Australia on the same day in St. Petersburg. "You need to evolve and grow the team".

Germany and Australia continue to enjoy a long lasting footballing connection with the Socceroos squad that includes Bundesliga stalwarts like Matthew Leckie, Mitch Langerak, Jamie MacLaren and former Bayern Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 1am (AEST) on Tuesday, June 20, which corresponds to 6pm local time.