R’S midfielder Massimo Luongo couldn’t prevent Australia tasting defeat in their Confederations Cup opener against Germany on Monday.
Luongo played the first 45 minutes in Sochi, where the Socceroos were eventually edged out 3-2 by the World Champions.
Germany made the early running and duly took the lead through Lars Stindl. Despite dominating the opening half, they were pegged back when Tommy Rogic equalised for Australia four minutes before half-time.
The Socceroos couldn’t stay on level terms, though, as a foul by Luongo allowed Germany to re-take the lead three minutes later courtesy of captain Julian Draxler’s penalty.
While Luongo was replaced at half-time, the Germans extended their lead within three minutes of the re-start thanks to Leon Goretzka.
Australia restored hope just before the hour-mark, reducing the deficit through Tomi Juric, but it proved a consolation as the Germans held on for victory.
Next up for Luongo and co in Group B is Cameroon on Thursday.