Fresh-faced Germans made to sweat in 3-2 win over Australia

Germany’s Leon Goretzka fires in the third goal. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Fresh-faced Germany were made to work harder than expected in their 3-2 victory over Australia in their Confederations Cup Group B debut on Monday with the world champions' young squad still adjusting to tournament life.

With half a dozen key players rested this summer ahead of next year's World Cup title defence in Russia, Germany coach Joachim Loew brought a young team to Russia eager to prove itself ahead of next year's World Cup.

Loew's men would have had a far easier afternoon on the Black Sea were it not for their wasted scoring chances.

"In the first half we should have made more with our chances," said captain Julian Draxler, who netted Germany's second goal with a penalty.

"In the second half we made it hard for ourselves. We kind of lost the plot a bit but the important thing is we won. We must improve (and) we will do that."

The Germans were in control from the start and outsprinted their opponents, with Lars Stindl converting a perfectly timed cutback from Julian Brandt to put them ahead in the fifth minute.

They squandered a bagful of chances in a one-sided first half with Leon Goretzka, Sandro Wagner and Julian Brandt all coming close.

They were punished when Tommy Rogic scored out of nowhere, his first off-target shot bouncing off a defender's back and his rebound slipping in under keeper Bernd Leno.

Their joy lasted only three minutes with the Germans earning a penalty in the 44th and Draxler putting them back in the driving seat.

Goretzka grabbed another in the 48th but the Germans dropped the ball with Leno letting a shot slip out of his hands and Tomi Juric tapping in. Germany were left to rue their poor conversion rate as they also hit the post late in the game.

The Germans next play Chile on Thursday while Australia face Cameroon.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Russian Olympic Committee approves athletes to compete under one bizzare condition

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on Tuesday gave a green light for its athletes to compete under a neutral flag at the 2018 Winter Olympics despite a ban on the country's national team. This means that they will not fly the flag of Russia in the 2018 Olympics.

How the Chelsea dressing room reacted to drawing Barcelona in the Champions League

Chelsea discovered their Champions League fate on Monday when they were drawn against old foes Barcelona in the last-16 of the competition. Upon learning they would be facing their old foes in the Champions League last-16 this February, Chelsea players were relaxed. According to reports in Sport, the Blues stars took the news "very well" as they are already mentally prepared for the tie.

Wanyama’s return to action draws near

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama returned to training for the Premier League club on Monday as he recovers from a knee injury sustained at the start of the campaign. The 26-year-old Kenyan international, who missed just two league games last season, featured in the north London club’s first two matches before picking up the injury ahead of the home match against Burnley in August

Arsenal's Europa League hopes to be tested by Swedish giants

Arsenal's hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Ostersunds, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded in the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.

Real eyes Liverpool star in mouthwatering deal

Real Madrid are readying a player-plus-cash deal to take Mo Salah to the Bernabeu - and are willing to offload Lucas Vazquez in the other direction. That is according to Don Balon, who say Los Blancos are serious about their interest in the Egyptian who has taken the Premier League by storm this season.

Gor Mahia dominate season’s nominees list

The Gor Mahia attacking trio of George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, and Meddie Kagere have made the eight-man shortlist for the inaugural Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Year award. The three, who scored a combined 32 goals to help K’Ogalo win a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, will battle it out with their captain, Musa Mohammed, and last year’s winner, Kenneth Muguna, for the top accolade.

More Stories
Arsenal's Europa League hopes to be tested by Swedish giants

Arsenal's hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Ostersunds, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded in the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.

Gor Mahia dominate season’s nominees list

The Gor Mahia attacking trio of George Odhiambo, Jacques Tuyisenge, and Meddie Kagere have made the eight-man shortlist for the inaugural Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Player of the Year award. The three, who scored a combined 32 goals to help K’Ogalo win a record 16th Kenyan Premier League title, will battle it out with their captain, Musa Mohammed, and last year’s winner, Kenneth Muguna, for the top accolade.

Oburu carries Kenya's title hopes

The forced smile on the face of Harambee Stars' head coach Paul Put at the final whistle of their last group A match against Tanzania yesterday told it all. Kenya were staring at the exit door of the 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup yesterday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Stars knew that anything less than maximum points against Taifa Stars would see them walk away in shame.

Salah named BBC African player of the year

Egypt star Mohamed Salah won the prestigious BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, rewarded for a 2017 packed with sparkling displays for Liverpool, Roma and his national team. The 25-year-old topped a poll that saw a record number of votes cast after firing Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and almost single-handedly taking Egypt to their first World Cup finals since 1990, scoring five and setting up their other two goals in qualifying.

Ronaldo v Neymar as Real draw PSG in Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid will resume their bid for a first European Cup treble in 42 years against Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain after the big-spending duo were on Monday drawn together in a mouth-watering Champions League last 16 clash. No club has won the European title three years running since Bayern Munich in the mid-1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Madrid -- 12 times winners overall -- won the trophy again in the final in Kiev in May.

FA demands answers over Old Trafford bust-up

The Football Association demanded answers from Manchester United and Manchester City on Monday following reports of ugly scenes that reportedly left City assistant coach Mikel Arteta bloodied after a fracas. The Guardian newspaper said Arteta was left with blood streaming down his face after a bust-up involving up to 20 players and members of staff from the two clubs after Sunday's Manchester derby, which City won 2-1.

English teams to wait for the draw amid talks that they may dominate the tournament

A record five English clubs will feature in the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, amid talk that the Premier League is ready to dominate Europe once again. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all progressed from the group stage, making England the first country to have so many sides through to the knockout phase.

It's win or perish for Kenya: Tanzania coach declares ‘war’ on hosts ahead of tie

Already eliminated Taifa Stars aim to stop Harambee Stars from advancing to semifinals.

Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia great Thigo: Clubs should shun mediocrity or perish

Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia great Allan Thigo has challenged local football clubs to celebrate their former players, look up to them and embrace best management practices as a step towards full professionalism.

Athletics: Njeru and Kiprop top Safaricom Imenti race

London marathon pacemaker Pauline Njeru’s three-year dominance at the Safaricom Imenti South 15km champion came to an abrupt end as she surrendered the race title at Nkubu in Meru yesterday.