Much had been made before kick-off of Germany bringing a young squad and their starting line-up had just 138 worldwide appearances between them.
Only three of the world champions from Brazil in 2014 have traveled to Russia: Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler.
On the back of his breakthrough season with RB Leipzig, striker Timo Werner expects a fiery start in Sochi.
"If we take our game to them, which is what we're going to do and what we always do, we'll cause them problems".
The world champions, however, were back in front just three minutes later as Draxler converted a penalty, with Goretzka adding a third early in the second half. "We need to get a quick goal and then exert some dominance".
The setting only reinforces the sense Germany is taking a more casual approach to this eight-team tournament than the Australians, who would regard winning this World Cup rehearsal as a major achievement.
"Robbie Kruse or Mathew Leckie are really fast players and we know them from the Bundesliga".
Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt are two of the most exciting attacking talents at the tournament, while Sandro Wagner goes into the clash with Australia having just netted a hat-trick in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying against San Marino. "They will never know how it feels (to be racially abused)". There are points to be made too by the likes of Joshua Kimmich, the Bayern full-back or midfielder keen to put his case as successor to the retired Philipp Lahm.
Good question, the Confederations Cup is held every four years and sees the World Cup winners, most recent Federation Internationale de Football Association confederation champions and the host country all compete in what is often seen as a prelude to the World Cup. "Our first priority here", said Oliver Bierhoff, the team's general manager, "is development of the squad".
The Socceroos shocked the below-strength Germans 2-1 in Moenchengladbach in 2011.
Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has arrived at the Confederations Cup with a warning about football's "incomprehensible" response to racism.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Being cranky and prickly is a badge of honor for Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.
"It's a great test for us and that's how we'll use it but I'll not buy into the idea we're playing against a weakened team".
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Germans next play Chile on Thursday while Australia face Cameroon in their respective second round of matches.style="text-align: center;"