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Ryan backs Postecoglou and the Socceroos' controversial system

Ryan backs Postecoglou and the Socceroos' controversial system

Oh dear, you thought to yourself, as the Socceroos journeyed to Russian Federation to play Germany in the Confederations Cup football tournament.

Germany will be favourite, and if Australia is to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages, it is imperative for the Socceroos to come with a favourable result. "There was a little bit of frustration within ourselves at the first-half performance".

Having conceded after just five minutes, Australia regrouped and almost levelled but Trent Sainsbury could only head wide from a free-kick.

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. "In the first-half [Germany] were just too good for us and we struggled to get hold of the game".

After the opening game in Sochi, Cameroon and Chile then await Australia and Germany in Group B, with the top two sides progressing to the semi-finals.

Celtic's Tom Rogic scored Australia's first to make it 1-1 by sliding a long-range attempt under Leno's hands before Tomi Juric made it 3-2 when finishing a rebound after Germany's goalkeeper had let a routine Rogic try slip from his grasp.

In the second half Joshua Kimmich ideal pass brought on the strike Goretzka and teammate Yevhen Konoplyanka at Schalke from a lethal position has not missed.

Germany coach Joachim Low said he never expected his new-look squad to be "perfect" after they were given a fright by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday.




June 19, 2017 at 18:00, in Sochi, will be another match in the first round of the worldwide tournament - the Confederations Cup, in which the stadium "Fisht" national team of Australia will play against Germany.

"We played well in the first half - the only bad thing was that we were only 2-1 up at the break".

"Robbie makes really decisive runs and we thought could cause them some problems and ask them some different questions".

"They're putting themselves out there and testing themselves as we want them to".

"It's a loss and it falls on me".

"We know that Germany play with a very set style". Russian Federation is their third appearance at the Tournament of Champions - they went out at the group stage in Mexico in 1999, although managed to claim third place as hosts in 2005, thanks to a 4-3 win over Mexico in their playoff.

"At the last World Cup in Brazil I got to play and witness an exceptional young bunch of players outplay some of the best teams in the world for big parts of the games".

Australia's commitment to a more attacking style of play, even against worldwide heavyweights, has drawn some criticism but Behich is confident their approach will pay dividends in St Petersburg.

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