Germany

Germany's Second String Pass Their Test - But Only Just - vs. Australia

The clock at Sochi's Fisht Olympic stadium read 89:41 when Australia went up to take a corner. Germany were leading 3-2, and Joachim Low was more touchy and fidgety than usual in his technical area. The Socceroos' fans -- sparse but noisy -- howled in anticipation. They were joined by the Russian neutrals, at least those who weren't spending the last 20 minutes of the second half trying (unsuccessfully) to start a wave.

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