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- 2nd Half
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- 1st Half
- Draxler (P)44'
Australia - Germany
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Well, Germany got there in the end. They played really well in the first half, but perhaps found things too easy, allowing Australia back into the game twice. Australia, meanwhile, will wonder what might've been if they'd started properly.
Full-time: Australia 2-3 Germany
Germany have looked vulnerable these last few minutes but at the same time have looked likelier scorers than Australia. Werner in particular has been lively, and he rushes tgowards the middle but can't quite find the angle for a shot.
There shall be four added minutes.
Australia win a corner down the left which is immediately cleared, and Werner dashes from halfway, moves right, then runs across the face of the box towards the middle before sending a curler just wide. Excellent play.
Mooy sends Troisi away down the left, but his cross is intercepted by Mustafi. Was that Australia's last chance?
Change for Australia: Cahill replaces Juric. Why take off your centre-forward with three minutes left and chasing a goal?
Clive Tyldesley just used the word "acceleration" when describing Emre Can. Your guess is as good as mine.
That this game is close is quite remarkable.
Germany try to rouse themselves, Kimmich and Can leading an incursion down the right. Nothing comes of it directly, but they maintain possession for a fair while, which is good enough in the circumstances.
Again, Leno busts Germany's offside trap, running onto Troisi's pass and forcing Leno to sprint out of his goal then slide into a tackle-cum-clearance.
Finally, Australia are playing with conviction.
Juric does well to find space in behind Rudiger, then controls on the volley, turns adroitly and finds Kruse, who shoots immediately; Leno dives left to save.
Can replaces Stindl.
Germany haven't created much these last 10 minutes, but as I type that Hector robs Sainsbury and forced the ball through to Werner, who kicks through Mooy's challenge on the left of the box ands swivels to drag a low shot against the base of the post.
Troisi, who is looking for a club, finds himself in space outside the D and shoves a curler towards the far post ... Leno dives high to palm away, easily enough. Though the way he's played, that could easily have gone wrong.
Germany are playing with a back-three now. Should that be hyphenated? I'm not sure. Anyway, Sule is on the right, which is nice as he has Kimmich tanking up and down on his outside.
Troisi replaces Rogic.
Apologies - my system crashed. You missed everything.
Sainsbury is booked for a foul - on whom I didn't see. But Hector's delivery from the right is horrible and Germany are forced backwards.
Sule,who is joining Munich presently, replaces Brandt,
Germany are back composed again.
Werner replaces Wagner.
GOAL! Australia 2-3 Germany (Juric) Leno is having an absolute shocker! Mooy shoots, the wall deflects, and Rogic's shot then hits Juric; Leno saves, but only fumbles the ball back into play, and this time Juric snaffles the chance. The ref looks at the footage, but sees not reason to change his decision.
Gotezka is late on Rogic just outside the box, right of the D, and Australia have a free-kick; Goretzka is booked...
Leckie finds himself free on the right but has no idea what to do next, so Rudiger walks through him and clears.
Draxler skips away from Milligan in centrefield and then free of Degenek too, but is forced wide. So the ball goes to the other flank and back again as Germany seek a further opening.
Stindl lofts a ball into the box and Goretzka is after it - that's an excellent run in behind, forcing Ryan to head clear.
This is over.
GOAL! Australia 1-3 Germany (Goretzka) This is a lovely finish, but Australia are really not paying attention. Brandt finds Kimmich on the right touchline, who lifts a lovely ball into the box. Goretzka advances, keeps his cool, and punches a side-footer high past Ryan at the near post.
Good possession from Australia, and immediately Milligan releases Kruse. But his shot sputters wide of the near post, and Germany then build.
Australia have replaced Luongo with Kruse.
Australia set us off again.
Back come the players.
Germany have been pretty good, Australia have been pretty ordinary.
Half-time: Australia 1-2 Germany
There shall be one added minute.
GOAL! Australia 1-2 Germany (Draxler pen) Ryan dives right, Draxler clips centre-left, and the scoreline once more reflects the play in some small way.
PENALTY TO GERMANY! Goretzka feeds Steindl and chasing the return, gets himself in front of Luongo inside the box. So he waits for the tackle, allows himself to be felled when it arrives, and there you go.
GOAL! Australia 1-1 Germany (Rogic) Draxler gives it away on halfway and three accurate passes see Rogic lank clear with the ball. As he nears the box, he lets fly with a left-footer, which skews off his toe and into Mustafi's back, bouncing back into his path. So he tries again, this time getting an effort on target, but even then Leno needs to dive over the top of it for it to go in.
Kimmich is very, very good, and he sends Draxler away down the right to cross low and hard into the middle. Ryan can't get close, and with Stindl ready for the tap-in, Leckie shows admirable skill and balls to slide towards his own net and force the ball over the top when an own-goal looked the likeliest outcomes.
This is strong.
Hoddle criticises Brandt for making a mess of "what we call the little simple things"; we being? Anyway, as a consequence of a sloppy cession of possession, Australia win a free-kick down the left, over which Mooy stands. AND WHAT A MISS THIS IS! The ball is flighted over the top, behind the German defence, and Sainsbury strolls through the middle but can't get the ball in the middle of his forehead, knocking it in the direction he's facing, wide. Oh dear.
Rogic finds Leckie down the right and he sets off at Hector before being forced back inside. So Rogic goes the other way, trying Behich, but overhits the pass and Germany break.
Draxler plays a one-two with Goretzka around the edge of the Australia box, left of centre, and the skipper curls a right-footer just wide of the far post. This is embarrassingly one-sided.
This is both generous and harsh.
Glenn Hoddle reckons Australia are arriving too late when they try to press and he'll be relieved to learn that I agree. They need to defend deep and attack in numbers, because they're getting pieced-up here.
Germany win a corner and take it quickly, working the ball back to Brandt just outside the box. He has a look, then curls a shot towards but not that close to the far post, and Ryan dives to shove it away.
Rogic pumps a cross into the box, nowhere near Juric, and Leno strides out to claim. That's as good as Australia - sorry, the Sponsorship Socceroos - have mustered in nearly half an hour.
Goretzka is also a player, tall and elegant, and his accepts a pass in midfield, looks u, and clips a lovely ball of the top for Wagner. Having beaten the offside trap, he turns and moves towards goal, takes three touches where two would suffice and thus moves wider than ideal, before dragging a shot wide of the far post. He never looked confident taking that on, but it really was a good chance.
Brandt is a player. Kimmich finds him with a lively first-time turn around the corner, and though he slips on entering the box he is quickly back up again, cutting inside onto his left stick to shoot at the near post. Ryan saves, and the ensuing corner comes for nothing.
Australia are miles out of their depth.
Brandt is playing very well - Germany are threatening down the right - and he clips back another pass, this time for Goretzka, whose errant first touch means that the attack breaks down.
Goretzka nashes down the right and swings over a fine cross on the half-volley ... Wagner does very well to find the space to attack it, diving over Sainsbury. Once he's there he should score really. but the header flies wide.
Germany win a free-kick down the right when Luongo fouls Draxler; Hector swings over, and Stindl is up, but can only head over the top.
Rogic finds some space in front of the German defence, pretty much dead centre, and he feeds Mooy to his left. But with nothing on, he's forced to go backwards, and when the ball finally returns he dithers and Draxler nips in tackle.
Germany switch the play really well - that's a general observation - but they do so specifically from left to right, Brandt then looking for Kimmich but overhitting his pass.
Germany reserves are a lot better than Australia.
You can hear the shouts of the players. Anyway, Rogic sends a pass in behind Rudiger, looking for Leckie, but the defenders gets to the ball first, puts his body in the road, and sees it behind.
That was so easy for Germany. If Australia don't defend better than that they're cruising for a bruising.
GOAL! Australia 0-1 Germany (Stindl) Brandt hares down the right, cuts into the box, and as Behich comes across, clips back a lovely ball for Stindl to snap home his first international goal.
Germany aren't bothering to press Australia's defenders, instead waiting for them to give the ball away.
Germany look to be playing a back-four today, with Kimmich and Hector the full-backs.
Busy start from Australia, who are looking to get in amongst it.
Half the German squad are eligible for the under-21 European Championship; the team which won its opening game yesterday was basically a B-team; this is basically a full B-team.
It's very hot in Sochi.
Gianni Infantino is clapping and smiling. Naturally.
I remember before the 1990 World Cup semi-final, Pavarotti said England-Germany was a battle of two great anthems. He was half-right
Now playing: Advance Australia Fair - instrumental B-side.
Out they come!
The players are in the tunnel.
So this game comes to us from Sochi. I can literally smell the freedom and tolerance through my screen.
Trent Sainsbury is suuuuch a name.
Really, what is it with three at the back? I'm just not having it. Anyway, Australia are playing 3-2-4-1; er, alright then.
Tangential but, well you know: one of the boys I go to football with got married yesterday - he's missed a handful of games, home, away, abroad in the last ten years or so. Here's a little thing his brother put together for him.
Beauty of football dept:
So, Jogi Low continues experimenting, or, more properly, resting his better players. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Brandt, Kimmich and Goretzka.
So, Copa America champions Chile lead things in Group B after two late goals gave them victory over Cameroon yesterday. Alexis Sanchez has now featured in 892,512 consecutive games.
The "Caltex Socceroos", dearie dearie me.
Mid-afternoon international football, you say? Don't mind if I do!