Confederations Cup is a gift for Germany gaffer Joachim Loew

World champions Germany successfully started the FIFA Confederations Cup with a thrilling 3-2 win over Australia in Sochi on Monday.

Celtic midfielder Tommy Rogic had made it 1-1 in the first half and Tomi Juric added Australia's second after the break from a goal that was allowed to stand despite a suggestion of handball leading to a review from the video assistant referee.

In fact, only three German players who won the World Cup in 2014 - Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler - were named in the 23-man group, providing an opportunity for some of the country's rising stars.

Milligan and his teammates will scrutinize footage of Cameroon's 2-0 loss to Chile in their first group game, where defensive fragility could have been more soundly punished by the back-to-back Copa America champions.

Australia isn't exactly a slouch, having already advanced to the final round of Asian World Cup qualifying, but it's also not a team a fully functioning Germany should have trouble dealing with.

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"In the first half, they were just too good for us", conceded Postecoglou.

"We finished the game pretty strong".

"But if we show the same kind of patience against them that we showed in the second half against Germany then we can cause teams problems".

The best and worst of Ange Postecoglou's side was on display in Sochi.

"Being able to have the chance to get to that marker will be a massive honour in my career but, over time, I'd much prefer to take success in this competition because it's a massive competition", said Cahill, who vouched for Australia being revitalised under Postecoglou.

"We know that they've got to produce".

The champions of Asia, Australia, take on the World Cup winners, Germany. "We've got to learn from it again and move on".

However, Australia were a credible match for them, but could not find the attacking prowess needed to earn an equaliser in the closing stages.

An early goal to Lars Stindl led to a sustained period of German pressure and it seemed that the Socceroos were in for a torturous evening as they began their Confederations Cup campaign.

The ball ricocheted in the Germany box, falling to the Australian to slot home easily past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Australia have held their heads high against Germany in their last two meetings in friendlies.

"In the last last two and half years being involved in this group I've seen players buy into a philosophy and evolve", he said.

"We're a new squad and I think with each training session and with each game we're getting more confident", Kimmich said.

The Germans quickly closed the door on a comeback and protected their defence as they went hunting for a fourth.

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