The Socceroos are one defeat away from equalling Saudi Arabia’s five on the trot, but still some way behind New Zealand’s eight.
“Yes, we didn’t win the games, but we evolved to the Asian Cup where we won it, a competition we weren’t supposed to win”.
Replays showed the ball striking Juric’s arm before Leno saved, but the goal was allowed to stand.
Germany, who have rested several star names for the tournament, took an early lead against the Asia Cup holders in Russian Federation.
For once Germany isn’t so fixated on the trophy.
Ange Postecoglou and his men will be eager to get some momentum and confidence back in the Socceroos side at the Confederations Cup ahead of their crucial remaining qualifiers. We’re trying to play a certain way against the very best.
The world champions did not bring the likes of Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller with them to Russian Federation, but Low’s experimental team proved to be more-than-adequate replacements for this test as Lars Stindl, captain Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka all found the net.
But his hand was forced in terms of goalkeeping selection, with no.1 Manuel Neuer out injured.
“Our stars should not be fearful (of losing their places) because they have been playing at a top-notch level and are world champions”, Loew said.
With a record 48-goals for the Australian side, Cahill will look to add to his worldwide goal-scoring tally against the world champions. If people want to do some research, see who the younger team will be.
“It’s a great test for us, but I am not buying into the idea that we are playing against a weakened team – I think that’s a bit of a myth”. “They’re a team who are hard to play against”. Obviously they are missing some of their biggest players, but that doesn’t change much.
“They got in behind a few times and tended to counter attack against them”.
Like the surrounding theme park, which was inspired by Russian folklore, the trip with the German national team is a dream come true.
“For many it was the first game in such a tournament so I am satisfied”, he added.
“We want to win it but that is not the end of it all”, Loew said.
“It would have been easy to come out in the second 45 and chuck the towel in but we didn’t do that”.
Scorer Lars Stindl is the second-oldest player in a youthful German Confederations Cup squad – behind 29-year-old Sandro Wagner.
“We’re trying to play a certain way against the very best”.
Cahill says he expects to face a team up for the challenge but carrying the weight of expectation that comes with representing the football powerhouse.
He said Australia were “100 per cent” still in the tournament, despite never progressing from their group at Federation Internationale de Football Association or AFC level when they’ve lost the opening game. I’ve featured in many games, but not from the beginning.
“This strategy aims to promote fairness and integrity, ensure the game is accessible to everyone and optimise the use of technology”.
The world champions have made no secret of the fact their goal is not to win the Confederations Cup, but to blood their next generation of stars.