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Preview: Caltex Socceroos v Germany

Lead by ambitious Ange Postecoglou, the Caltex Socceroos kick off their fourth FIFA Confederations Cup campaign against the reigning world champions Germany in Sochi on Tuesday morning (1am KO, AEST).

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Top 10 stats: Australia v Germany

Gallery: Caltex Socceroos train in Russia

4 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. With an eye on next year’s World Cup, Germany have rested a number of big names for this tournament but this youngish group is still high class.

2. Eye-catching PSG playmaker Julian Draxler, Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi and Liverpool's Emre Can are all in the mix to face Australia.

PSG star Julian Draxler has been named in Germany's Confederations Cup squad.

3. Australia warmed up for this tournament with a 3-2 World Cup qualifier win over Saudi Arabia on June 8, and a 4-0 loss to Brazil in a friendly on June 13.

4. Germany got into the groove with a 7-0 World Cup qualifier win over San Marino and a 1-1 result away to Denmark in a friendly.

AUSTRALIAN SQUAD NEWS 

  • Wingback Brad Smith and skipper Mile Jedinak are both out of the tournament due to injury.
  • Norway-based Alex Gersbach and Austria-based James Jeggo are their replacements.
  • Keeper Mat Ryan has just signed for EPL newcomers Brighton from his parent club Valencia. 

CURRENT WORLD RANKINGS

Australia: 48

Germany: 3 

FINAL WORD

To open their group at the Confederations Cup, expect a free-flowing game between two attack-minded nations who’ve reinvented their football culture in recent years.

The Socceroos have undergone a complete transformation in style and personnel since Postecoglou took over in last 2013.

The Germans for their part completely rebooted their player development system and approach with a root-and-branch reinvention just over a decade ago, one which resulted in winning the 2014 World Cup.

The German team trains in Russia ahead of their Confeds Cup opener against the Caltex Socceroos.

At that same tournament in Brazil, the Socceroos showed the world a new, bolder approach despite three losses.

Three years later and with a vastly more experienced squad playing in their third major FIFA tournament as a group, the Australians are well placed to give a good account of themselves in Russia this month. 

Smith and Jedinak’s injuries are a blow but you sense this could Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy’s time to really show their class on the international stage.

And in Mark Milligan Australia have one of the most underrated talents in Asia.

The UAE-based midfielder may be deployed in central defence or as the six – either way, he’ll be a vital cog.

Mark Milligan in action for the Caltex Socceroos in Tuesday night's friendly against Brazil.

Joachim Loew’s Germany may’ve taken Australia lightly back in 2015 – a 2-2 friendly draw in Kaiserslautern.

Likewise in 2011 when Australia (coached by German Holger Osieck) defeated Germany 2-1 in Monchengladbach.

In Russia, Loew will not take Australia lightly a third time. 

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Veteran striker Tim Cahill says he'll 'pick up' the rest of the Caltex Socceroos squad for the Cameroon clash.

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Caltex Socceroos push Germany but lose opener

The Caltex Socceroos have opened their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 loss to Germany after pushing the reigning world champions all the way in Sochi.

Re-live Caltex Socceroos v Germany as it happened in the Match Centre here

GAME IN SUMMARY

* Germany dominated the first half but Australia hurt them just before the break with a Rogic rocket.

* The VAR was called on for Australia’s second goal before it was finally officially awarded to the green and gold.

* Australia's second half was much better as they pushed the Germans all the way.

GOALS

Lars Stindl Germany, 5’: 0-1

Australia got exposed down the right, the Germans got in behind, into the box and the cutback was smashed home by Stindl.

Lars Stindl goal

Tom Rogic Australia, 40’: 1-1

Rogic found space in between the central defenders, and from just outside the box his first effort rebounded back to him and he made the Germans pay with a sizzling low strike underneath the German keeper

Julian Draxler Germany 43’ (pen): 2-1

Luongo was adjudged to have fouled a German player and Draxler stroked home the go-ahead goal just before the break.

Leon Goretzka Germany 47’: 3-1

Goretzka’s run into the box was found with a perfectly weighted ball and on an angle he smashed it past Ryan.

Tomi Juric Australia 56’: 3-2

Rogic’s power strike was spilled by Leno and Juric was on the spot to stroke home Australia’s second from right in front.