Football

Youthful Germany squeeze past Australia in Confederations Cup

A youthful Germany side weathered a second-half fightback by Australia to open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over the Socceroos on Monday in Sochi.

Germany's midfielder Lars Stindl celebrates after scoring on June 19, 2017
Germany's midfielder Lars Stindl celebrates after scoring on June 19, 2017 (AFP)

SOCHI - A youthful Germany side weathered a second-half fightback by Australia to open their Confederations Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over the Socceroos on Monday in Sochi.

Goals by Lars Stindl and Leon Goretzka either side of a penalty from captain Julian Draxler saw Germany home to leave them second in Group B behind Chile, who they face in Kazan on Thursday.

Celtic midfielder Tommy Rogic and Tomi Juric scored for Australia, who had a string of late chances to equalise.