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 become a common catchphrase when Australia face superior opposition. On an overcast Monday evening in Sochi the Socceroos showed touches of brilliance to ensure a respectable 3-2 scoreline without ever truly threatening their inexperienced German opponents.

Before the Socceroos’ first game of the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup the surrealism of Fisht Stadium suggested that anything might be possible in Sochi. Legacy infrastructure from the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 47,659-seat arena is nestled on the shores of the Black Sea alongside a turrets-and-all castle hotel and brightly coloured rollercoasters. Optimistic Australian fans could be forgiven for imagining a wonderland where victory against the world champions was possible.

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