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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 © (AFP)

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.