Player Ratings: Socceroos 2 Germany 3 – Luongo a mess, Tomas duo...

Player Ratings: Socceroos 2 Germany 3 – Luongo a mess, Tomas duo rise again

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Goals from Lars Stindl, Julian Draxler and Leon Draxler have seen Germany hold on for a dramatic 3-2 victory over Australia in their Group B Confederations Cup match.

Mat Ryan – 6.5: An extremely busy first half in which Ryan’s quality shone through with two impressive saves from Julian Brandt. It could have quite easily been a different scoreline if it wasn’t for his efforts.

Milos Degenek – 5.5: A slip allowed Sandro Wagner a big chance, an opportunity he should have taken. Like so many of his teammates, he improved in the second half, showing a greater sense of composure when playing out from the back.

Trent Sainsbury – 6: Missed a huge chance to put the game on level terms with a free header in the first half but failed to realise how much time he had. Beginning to looking more comfortable in a back three formation.

Bailey Wright – 4.5: Like Behich, the English-based defender endured a poor start to the match. He often left too much space in behind him which the Germans exposed. That was not as evident in the second 45 minutes.

Massimo Luongo – 2.5: A player who is playing as a shadow of his former self. Playing in the number six role he failed to provide any sort of protection for his back four while also giving the ball away far too easily. An absolute nightmare as he was withdrawn at half-time.

Mark Milligan – 5.5: The former Melbourne Victory man produced a solid performance having shouldered a greater defensive responsibility. He provided the necessary defensive cover when required.

Mat Leckie – 5: A game in which he produced more defensive moments than he did going forward. Leckie offered very little in the final third but did produce a number of impressive efforts.

Aaron Mooy – 5.5: A mixed night for Mooy. He failed to have any sort of impact in an advanced position but controlled the tempo of play during the second half when shifted deep. Was caught ball watching for the German’s third goal.

Tom Rogic – 7.5: Australia’s best player, the Celtic man looked dangerous every time he looked to turn Germany’s defence. Put the Socceroos back on level terms with a speculative effort from range, after his initial effort was deflected. He showed fine footwork led to the set-piece which eventually led to the Roos’ second. Looking most likely to create for the Roos. Substituted after 70 minutes.

Aziz Behich – 5: A nightmare first half for the Turkish-based defender who often saw the ball played in behind him. He improved in the second half, showcasing his threat going forward.

Tomi Juric – 6.5: Got through a mountain of work in particular off the ball and did his value no harm. Juric was first to react to Rogic’s deflected effort before tapping home from Leno’s save for his side’s second. Presented Kruse with a chance from the edge of the box after strong hold-up play.

Substitutes

Robbie Kruse – 6: Provided plenty of energy from the bench, a factor in the Socceroos better second half pressing. One of his better performances for a while.

James Troisi – 5.5: Forced a strong save from Leno with a curling effort which looked destined for the bottom right corner, but produced nothing else of note.

Tim Cahill – N/A: Introduced in the 87th minute.

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