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Germans brace for speedy Socceroos match

Germany are bracing themselves for a speedy Socceroos assault when the two sides kick off their Confederations Cup campaign.

The world champions face Australia on Monday night (Tuesday 1am AEST) in Sochi and expect to face a team of counter-attackers uninterested in holding the ball.

The Socceroos have a win, a draw and a loss against the Germans under Joachim Low's management.

Germany brutalised Australia in a 4-0 drubbing at the World Cup in 2010 but the following year Holger Osieck led Australia to a surprise 2-1 friendly win over his homeland.

In their most recent meeting, Ange Postecoglou's 2015 Asian Cup winners drew 2-2 in their first game after winning their continental crown.

Low said a steely defence would be essential in getting an edge over Australia.

AAP