Australia 2 – 3 Germany
Germany beat Australia in Sochi to get their first Confederations Cup campaign since 2005 off to a winning start.
The Socceroos were 3-1 down when Tomi Juric’s goal was allowed to stand despite a suspected handball after a review by the video assistant referee.
Julian Draxler’s penalty made it 2-1 after Leon Goretzka was fouled before Goretzka got the third.
Tomi Juric ensured an exciting finish to the game when he pulled one back in the 56th minute – the goal awarded following the latest Video Assistant Referee (VAR) referral – but Australia lacked the individual quality to genuinely worry an experimental Germany.
Germany were denied a fourth goal in Russia when Timo Werner hit the post.
Joachim Low has named seven uncapped players in his Confederations Cup squad after resting experienced keeper Manuel Neuer, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, defender Mats Hummels and forward Thomas Muller.
Germany’s next Group B game is against Chile, who beat Cameroon 2-0 on Sunday,on Thursday