Socceroos Stunned Deutschland With A Win

Australia stunned Germany with two goals in three minutes to snatch a 2-1 away win in the friendly in Mönchengladbach and exact revenge for their World Cup group stage defeat last year.

David Carney slotted in after an hour and Luke Wilkshire converted a penalty to cancel out Mario Gomez's first‑half goal and hand them their first win over the Germans in four matches. The hosts, who beat Australia 4-0 in South Africa, were missing five starters and the Germany coach, Joachim Löw, made eight changes to the team who beat Kazakhstan on Saturday to top their Euro 2012 qualifying group, bringing in several young players.

It took a while before his team settled and Lukas Podolski had their first good chance when he curled his free‑kick just wide of Mark Schwarzer's goal on 23 minutes. Two minutes later Gomez was on target, firing in from the edge of the box to beat the Fulham goalkeeper and underline his ambitions for a starting spot after replacing Miroslav Klose for the game.

With the captain, Michael Ballack, watching from the stands with his international future to be decided next month, the Germans imploded in the second half allowing David Carney to race clear and slot in the equaliser through the legs of the goalkeeper Tim Wiese. Luke Wilkshire made it 2-1 with a spot‑kick three minutes later after Harry Kewell was brought down in the box to give Australia's German coach, Holger Osieck, a memorable win.

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