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SOCHI, RUS­SIA: World cham­pi­ons Ger­many had a win­ning start to their Fifa Confederations Cup cam­paign yes­ter­day, with a largely youth­ful and in­ex­pe­ri­enced team de­feat­ing Aus­tralia 3-2. Lars Stindl and Leon Goret­zka,

got their first Ger­many goals and cap­tain Ju­lian Draxler con­verted a penalty; while Tommy Rogic and Tomi Juric were on tar­get for the Asian cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia. Ger­many wasted a host of chances in the first half and were also sloppy at times in de­fence, while goal­keeper Bernd Leno did not al­ways look com­fort­able. Aus­tralia, mean­while, im­proved as the game pro­gressed. Af­ter the vic­tory, Ger­many are sec­ond on goal dif­fer­ence in Group B be­hind Copa Amer­ica win­ners Chile, who beat Cameroon 2-0 on Sun­day. – dpa; Pic­ture: Reuters

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