The Socceroos fly to Saint Petersburg overnight, where they’ll begin formulations for any crunch clash with African champions Cameroon (1am Friday AEST), while Germany mind to Kazan in front of a gathering with Chile.

In front of the Socceroos’ first bet on the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup, the surrealism of Fisht Stadium recommended that anything may be possible in Sochi. Legacy infrastructure in the 2014 Winter Olympic games, the 47,659 seater is nestled around the shores from the Black Ocean alongside a turrets-and-all castle hotel and brightly-coloured rollercoasters. Positive Australian fans might be pardoned for imaging a wonderland where victory from the world champions was possible.

Three minutes following the restart also it appeared once again the floodgates would open. A sublime aerial pass from Joshua Kimmich found 22-year-old Leon Goretzka, who demonstrated deft skill to manage and finished. However Australia responded, striker Tomi Juric pouncing on the Leno fumble within the 56th minute to narrow Germany’s advantage.

Single-1 half-time scoreline might have flattered Postecoglou’s side. However in the closing moments from the opening stanza, an ill-advised lunge saw Tottenham academy product Massimo Luongo concede a problem. German captain Julian Draxler didn’t have trouble in the place, dousing Australia’s about entering the break by having an upset still around the cards.

Australia’s Tom Rogic holds off Sebastian Rudy of Germany

Australia’s Tom Rogic holds off Sebastian Rudy of Germany.

Photograph: Sergei Fadeichev/TASS

Socceroos face uphill task after being edged out by Germany

Australia 2-3 Germany (Rogic 41, Juric 56 Stindl 5, Draxler 44, Goretzka 48)

Valiant in defeat has turned into a common catchphrase when Australia face superior opposition. With an overcast Monday evening in Sochi, the Socceroos demonstrated touches of brilliance to make sure a decent 3-2 score line without ever truly threatening their unskilled German opponents.

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