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Germany salvages 2-2 draw with Australia in friendly

Lukas Podolski salvages 2-2 draw for Germany against Australia in friendly

Austarlia's Jason Davidson, left, and Matthew McKay, center, challenge for the ball with Germany's Mesut Ozil, right, during a soccer friendly match b...
Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal during a soccer friendly match between ...
Germany's head coach Joachim Loew attends a soccer friendly match between Germany and Australia in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Wednesday, March 25, 2015....
Austarlia's Mile Jedinak, right, scores his side's 2nd goal during a soccer friendly match between Germany and Australia in Kaiserslautern, Germany, W...
Australia's Alex Wilkinson, left, and Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes, right, challenge for the ball during a soccer friendly match between Germany and Au...
Australia's Mathew Leckie, left, and Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes, right, challenge for the ball during a soccer friendly match between Germany and Aus...

Germany Soccer Australia

Austarlia's Jason Davidson, left, and Matthew McKay, center, challenge for the ball with Germany's Mesut Ozil, right, during a soccer friendly match b...

Germany Soccer Australia

Austarlia's scorer James Troisi, left, and his teammate Nathan Burns, right, celebrate their side's first goal during a soccer friendly match between ...

Germany Soccer Australia

Germany's head coach Joachim Loew attends a soccer friendly match between Germany and Australia in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Wednesday, March 25, 2015....

Germany Soccer Australia

Austarlia's Mile Jedinak, right, scores his side's 2nd goal during a soccer friendly match between Germany and Australia in Kaiserslautern, Germany, W...

Germany Soccer Australia

Australia's Alex Wilkinson, left, and Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes, right, challenge for the ball during a soccer friendly match between Germany and Au...

Germany Soccer Australia

Australia's Mathew Leckie, left, and Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes, right, challenge for the ball during a soccer friendly match between Germany and Aus...

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany (AP) -- Germany substitute Lukas Podolski scored late to salvage a 2-2 draw for the World Cup holders against Australia in a friendly on Wednesday.

Podolski was free at the far post to sweep in a cross from fellow substitute Andre Schuerrle in the 81st minute, eight minutes after coming on.

Germany had looked like it was headed for a second successive 2-1 home defeat to Australia, after goals from James Troisi and Mile Jedinak either side of halftime cancelled out Marco Reus' 17th-minute opener.

Troisi missed a good chance to make it 3-1 to Australia, as Germany again looked vulnerable in defense after failing to impress in recent games.

Joachim Loew's side has won only three of seven games since winning the World Cup last July.


Updated : 2021-09-17 00:43 GMT+08:00