No time for myths as Australia face hard reality against Germany

Taylor Byrd
June 20, 2017

Australia managed to pull another goal back in the 56th minute as Mooy's free-kick deflected into the path of Tomi Juric, who fired home easily.

"We want to get good combinations going, as we did well against San Marino and Denmark".

Postecoglou's Australia bowed out in Brazil with three defeats from group matches against Chile, Netherlands and Spain - prompting a period of supposed transition that has already reaped handsome rewards.

Joachim Low has chose to field youngsters to give his superstars a rest this summer, but he'll also be hoping to find a few players who can add something to the final 2018 squad.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Being cranky and prickly is a badge of honor for Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.

It was left to Rogic to force the issue - the rangy Aussie slicing through the German defence firing, collecting the rebound off an opposition player, and then unleashing again to beat Bernd Leno between the sticks.

Mark Donaldson and Alejandro Moreno dissect Joachim Low's much-changed Germany side after a narrow win over Australia.

After Goretzka went close, winger Julian Brandt cut the ball back for Stindl, who slotted home his first goal for his country on only his third global appearance.

Australia next face Cameroon, who lost 2-0 to Chile in their opening game, in Saint Petersburg on Thursday with both teams needing a win in their bid to reach the semi-finals. The oldest tried to join him by also scoring his first tournament goal, but Sandro Wagner's diving header was off target.

It was not to last.

Germany would retake the lead prior to the break, though, as Draxler scored a penalty when Massimo Luongo slid through the back of Goretzka.

It was extended further three minutes into the second half.

Lars Stindl marked his tournament debut with a goal after five minutes that was canceled out by Tommy Rogic when the Australia forward fired the ball under Leno.

The Socceroos were 3-1 down when Tomi Juric's goal was allowed to stand despite a suspected handball after a review by the video assistant referee.

Australia nearly leveled things up as Trent Sainsbury got free from a free kick but headed wide under no pressure at all.

Germany sent on Timo Werner for the ineffectual Wagner, and the young RB Leipzig striker was causing Australia all sorts of problems with his pace, nearly scoring a fourth goal after a twisting and weaving run but could only manage to hit the post in the 75th minute.

Veteran midfielder Tim Cahill, now 37, came on towards the end for his 98th cap, but the Socceroos' all-time top scorer failed to add to his tally of 48 goals.

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