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Germany vs Australia: International Soccer Friendly Schedule, Stream, Predictions & Preview: Sports: Latin Post

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Get ready, soccer fans: another round of international friendly play kicks off with Germany and Australia getting ready to collide in a much-anticipated soccer friendly match on Wednesday.

This is a pretty interesting matchup considering the fact that these two nations don't play each other very often. The last time these two soccer teams faced off was in a 2011 friendly, when Australia was victorious 2-1. Germany is 2-0 in FIFA World Cup play against Australia having defeated them in the 1974 and 2010 World Cups.

Let's preview the game and see who has the advantage:

What a FIFA World Cup it was for Germany. They defeated Lionel Messi and Argentina 1-0 to win the tournament for the first time since 1990, when they also beat Argentina 1-0. It comes as no surprise that Germany is the No. 1-ranked national team in the world. This will be Germany's first international friendly since they defeated Spain in November 2014.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will not be starting in net. Instead, Ron-Robert Zieler of Hannover 96 will get the start. Team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger leads the German defense along with Toni Kroos and Mesut Özil. Germany is hailed for having arguably the best defensive unit in the world.

Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller is the team's most skill forward, and he had himself quite a World Cup. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he led all scorers with five goals, and in 2014 he found the net five times as well. Only James Rodriguez of Colombia had more goals in 2014.

Germany will also benefit from having home field advantage.

Australia (65)

The Australian National Team is the 65th-ranked squad in the world, and the No.4-ranked team in the Asian Football Confederation behind Iran, Japan and South Korea. After qualifying or competing at just one World Cup tournament from 1930 to 2002, Australia has successfully qualified for the last three.

Unfortunately for Australia, they will be without their best offensive weapon. Tim Cahill will not be playing against Germany because of an Achilles injury. Cahill is the all-time leading scorer for the Australian National Team at the World Cup level. Head coach Ange Postecoglou will have to find a way to get others involved efficiently.

To make matters more difficult, Robbie Kruse will also not be playing.

Matthew Ryan is expected to get the start in goal for Australia. Similar to Germany, Australia hasn't played an international friendly since November, either. It won't be an easy contest, but this is the type of game that gets you ready for global competition later on.

Schedule, Where to Watch

Germany and Australia will face off on Wednesday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m. EST. The game will be played at the Fritz-Walter-Stadion in Kaiserslautern, Germany. You can view a live game stream here.

Predictions

Australia will put up a good fight, but Germany will be just too much to handle. Germany's defense is as elite as it gets, and even their call-ups can get the job done when needed. This will be a good test for Zieler in goal against an average Australian squad.

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Germany and Australia will play each other in an international friendly soccer game. Rosters, game stream, preview, schedule and predictions provided here. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will not play, and neither will Tim Cahill. But high profile players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and Thomas MГјller are expected to compete.

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China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

Dong FangZhuo (L) of China heads the ball watched by team mate Han Peng (2nd L) of China, Lucas Neil (3rd L) and Australian team mate Michael Beauchamp during the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on. More

Dong FangZhuo (L) of China heads the ball watched by team mate Han Peng (2nd L) of. Dong FangZhuo (L) of China heads the ball watched by team mate Han Peng (2nd L) of China, Lucas Neil (3rd L) and Australian team mate Michael Beauchamp during the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China. Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

The Australian Men's National Team pose for pictures before the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China.

The Australian Men's National Team pose for pictures before the friendly match. The Australian Men's National Team pose for pictures before the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China. Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

Shane Stefanutto (L) and Lucas Neill (R) of Australia stop China's Shao JiaYi's shot as Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer watches during the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in. More

Shane Stefanutto (L) and Lucas Neill (R) of Australia stop China's Shao JiaYi's. Shane Stefanutto (L) and Lucas Neill (R) of Australia stop China's Shao JiaYi's shot as Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer watches during the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China. Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

China's Mao Jianqing (R) avoids a tackle from Australia's Shane Stefanutto during their international friendly football match in Guangzhou, southern China's Guangdong province 24 March 2007. Australia beat China 2-0.

China's Mao Jianqing (R) avoids a tackle from Australia's Shane Stefanutto during. China's Mao Jianqing (R) avoids a tackle from Australia's Shane Stefanutto during their international friendly football match in Guangzhou, southern China's Guangdong province 24 March 2007. Australia beat China 2-0. Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

Australia's Brett Holman (R/#8) celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal during their international friendly football match against China, 24 March 2007 in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province. Australia. More

Australia's Brett Holman (R/#8) celebrates with teammates after scoring the first. Australia's Brett Holman (R/#8) celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal during their international friendly football match against China, 24 March 2007 in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province. Australia defeated China 2-0. Players from left to right are: Neill Lucas (#2); 2/L Mile Sterjovski (#21); 3/L China's Xu Yunlong (#13); 4/L Carl Valeri (#13); 5/L Shane Stefanutto (behind #13); and Holman (R/#8). AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

Australia's goal scorer Brett Holman (L) high-fives teammate Mark Bresciano (R) after Bresciano provided the pass in the goalmouth for Holman to score Australia's opening goal against China during first-half action, 24 March 2007 in. More

Australia's goal scorer Brett Holman (L) high-fives teammate Mark Bresciano (R). Australia's goal scorer Brett Holman (L) high-fives teammate Mark Bresciano (R) after Bresciano provided the pass in the goalmouth for Holman to score Australia's opening goal against China during first-half action, 24 March 2007 in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province. Australia defeated China 2-0. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN Less More

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China's football coach Zhu Guanghu is seen prior to the team's friendly match against Australia in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province, 24 March 2007. Zhu faced down growing calls to quit after the tame defeat to. More

China's football coach Zhu Guanghu is seen prior to the team's friendly match. China's football coach Zhu Guanghu is seen prior to the team's friendly match against Australia in Guangzhou, in southern China's Guangdong province, 24 March 2007. Zhu faced down growing calls to quit after the tame defeat to second-string Australia which raised early doubts about their Asian Cup chances. Less More

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Chinese footballer Sun Jihai (L) challenges Australia's Nick Carle for the ball during a friendly match in Guangzhou, 24 March 2007. Australia defeated China 2-0. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN

Chinese footballer Sun Jihai (L) challenges Australia's Nick Carle for the ball. Chinese footballer Sun Jihai (L) challenges Australia's Nick Carle for the ball during a friendly match in Guangzhou, 24 March 2007. Australia defeated China 2-0. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

Mark Viduka of Australia stands with a Chinese boy hand in hand before the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China.

Mark Viduka of Australia stands with a Chinese boy hand in hand before the friendly. Mark Viduka of Australia stands with a Chinese boy hand in hand before the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China. Less More

China V Australia - Soccer Friendly

Patrick Kisnorbo (L) of Australia tries to stop China's Zheng Zhi's shot during the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China.

Patrick Kisnorbo (L) of Australia tries to stop China's Zheng Zhi's shot during the. Patrick Kisnorbo (L) of Australia tries to stop China's Zheng Zhi's shot during the friendly match between Australia and China at YueXiuShan Stadium on March 24, 2007 in Guangzhou, China. Less More

Australia crushes Canada in soccer friendly

Australia crushes Canada in soccer friendly

LONDON — Josh Kennedy, Dario Vidosic and Matt Leckie scored to give World Cup-bound Australia an easy 3-0 win over Canada in an international soccer friendly Tuesday.

The Canadian defence was ripped apart on all three goals at Craven Cottage, the west London home to English Premier League side Fulham.

The loss stretched Canada’s winless streak to 12 games (0-9-3) during which time it has been outscored 24-2. The Canadian men haven’t scored in their last eight outings, a drought that now stands at 12 hours 32 minutes.

The young Canadians showed signs of life in the first half, despite yielding a first-minute goal against experienced, motivated opposition. But the second half was all Australia.

The Socceroos, meanwhile, snapped a four-game losing streak in their first match since Holger Osieck, a former Canadian national team manager, was fired as coach.

After successive 6-0 losses to Brazil and France, a date with a green Canadian side was a welcome tonic for the Australians.

Australia is ranked 53rd in the world, compared to No. 106 for Canada.

Australia stroked the ball around in the first half, controlling close to 60 per cent possession with veteran midfielder Mark Bresciano pulling the strings for the Socceroos.

Still Canada had several good chances on the counter-attack later in the half.

The Canadians fell behind within the first 30 seconds when Kennedy headed in a chipped cross from Bresciano that left goalkeeper Milan Borjan rooted to the spot.

The 33-year-old Australian midfielder, a veteran of Italy’s Serie A who now plays for Qatar Stars League side Al-Gharafa, got a break when the ball bounced off a Canadian straight to him. But Canada’s central defence was flat-footed on the play.

The six-foot-four Kennedy plays for Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.

Canada came close to equalizing in the sixth minute but Mitch Langerak made a fine reflex save to deny Simeon Jackson after David Edgar headed on a Marcel de Jong free kick across the goal.

Dwayne De Rosario also had a chance in the 15th minute after Edgar charged down the right flank, but his cross was slightly behind the D.C. United star and the shot did not find its target.

Bresciano undressed the Canadian defence again in the 23rd minute but his one-two with Kennedy was ruled offside.

Langerak had to be sharp in the 30th to palm a Tosaint Ricketts header over the bar.

De Rosario earned his 75th cap in captaining Canada, which started with a backline of Nik Ledgerwood, Doneil Henry, Adam Straith, and de Jong in front of Borjan.

The centre back pairing featured 23-year-old Straith, who plays in Germany for Wehen Wiesbaden, and 20-year-old Henry, who plays for Toronto FC.

The midfield featured Ricketts, Julian de Guzman, Edgar, and Jackson supporting forwards Iain Hume and De Rosario.

Canadian coach Benito Floro was without influential midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, who returned to his Turkish club Besiktas late Saturday after arriving in camp with a minor injury.

Floro moved up Edgar, a defender normally, into midfield.

There were more midfield woes when de Guzman had to exit in the 25th minute with an injury. He was replaced by Kyle Bekker.

Both coaches made changes in the second half with Floro bringing on youth in the form of Jonathan Osorio, Stefan Cebara, Russell Teibert, Ashtone Morgan and Samuel Piette.

Canada mustered little offence, however, and Australia dominated as the game wore on.

Edgar took over as Canadian captain when De Rosario went off.

Australia doubled its lead in the 52nd minute off a corner. Henry’s clearing header went only as far as Rhys Williams, whose shot bounced off the turf before Vidosic redirected it in with his head just in front of Borjan.

Substitute Leckie made it 3-0 in the 78th minute when he outjumped both Canadian central defenders to head home a Carney cross.

It was Floro’s third game in charge. Canada played to a 0-0 draw and 1-0 loss to No. 150 Mauritania last month.

Osieck was fired in the wake of Australia’s lopsided losses to Brazil and France. Interim coach Aurelio Vidmar was put in charge.

Australia was captained by veteran defender Lucas Neill, who won his 95th cap.

Canada last won in October 2012 when it defeated Cuba 3-0 in Toronto in October 2012. Canada has not scored since a Marcus Haber goal in a 2-1 loss to Japan in Doha on March 22.

Australia wasn’t much better coming into Tuesday’s game, having lost four straight and gone winless in its last five matches — during which it was outscored 19-5.

NOTES — Craven Cottage officials did their bit to make Canada feel at home by playing the Barenaked Ladies and Tragically Hip during the warmup.

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