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January 21 2018, 12:18 | Van Peters
Turkey-based Behich was exposed at times down his left flank against Germany, though - like the rest of his teammates - he had a far more solid and composed second half. This will be a stern test for this young German side, and exactly the kind of challenge the coach and his charges were hoping for.
Having given the reigning world champions a scare, the Caltex Socceroos will now be out to keep their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign alive against African champions Cameroon in St Petersburg on Friday morning (1am KO, AEST). The Chileans comfortably defeated Cameroon 2-0 in their first game - even with superstar Alexis Sanchez only making a second-half appearance as a substitute.
Both teams will be determined to continue their winning ways when they come up against each other today as a win in this match will also secure a place in the knockout stage.
Low praised Australia's development after their tournament opener, won 3-2 by the Germans.
"They are flexible like maybe no other side, very unpredictable".
Teams will be looking to take possession and harry their opponents to put them under pressure early on.
"We certainly know how we want to play our football". The key to success will be to create pressure, avoid mistakes and play clever balls forward from the back.
In this round each team has a trump card to win the match, due to the fact that both of them were losers at first match against Chile and Germany. All 4 games were won by Europeans with a total score of 8: 1.
The most recent was in 2014 when Mario Goetze's goal sealed a 1-0 friendly win in Stuttgart.
Germany Squad: Bernd Leno, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp; Defenders: Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Benjamin Henrichs, Joshua Kimmich, Shkodran Mustafi, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule; Midfielders: Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Kerem Demirbay, Lars Stindl, Emre Can, Amin Younes, Julian Brandt, Sebastian Rud; Forwards: Sandro Wagner, Timo Werner. Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule, who are set to join the record-breaking Bundesliga champions this summer, can also be included.
Zabivava, the Official Mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is shown on a waving flag, prior to the Confederations Cup, Group A soccer match between Russia and New Zealand, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 17, 2017.