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The German media have heaped praise on the Australian national team following the impressive draw with the World Cup winners.

The Asian champions contained Germany to a 2-2 result in what was an outstanding display by the Aussies, even if the opposition were far from their usual selves.

The Socceroos dominated the first 15 minutes of play but it was Germany who struck first, finding the back of the net through Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, who missed the World Cup in Brazil last summer due to an injury.

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It was Real Madrid anchor Sami Khedira who picked out Reus inside the box, allowing the coveted playmaker to slot it home past a wrong footed Matt Ryan.

Germany went on to control much of the remainder of the first half but, despite that, Aussies managed to find an equaliser through Asian Cup hero James Troisi just five minutes before half time.

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Troisi headed the ball past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler after being picked out by a wonderful Nathan Burns cross.

The Socceroos were not finished just yet, as Ilkay Gundogan impeded goalscorer Troisi just outside the box, giving the Aussies a free kick in a dangerous area.

Captain Mile Jedinak, a proven free kick goalscorer, stepped up to take it and the Crystal Palace midfield master curled the ball over wall and past Zieler to give the Socceroos a 2-1 lead.

The goal was Australia's 1000th in their history and it couldn't have come at a better time or in a more impressive way.   

Despite the majority of the second half being controlled by the Socceroos, Germany were to find an equaliser thanks to Lukas Podolski. Tt was former Chelsea player Andre Schurrle who set up Podolski for a cool headed finish. 

The match ended 2-2, a great result for the Socceroos and a disappointing one for Germany respectively.

The Socceroos are no strangers to upsets against reigning world champions - the Aussies actually boast a rather remarkable record in that field.

In 1988 Australia defeated Argentina 4-1, while in 1997 Australia held champions Brazil to a 0-0 draw, while 2001 they managed to beat France, who had won the World Cup three years previous.

Aftermath

Even taking into account the fact that it wasn't a full strength German side can not take anything away from the exceptional display from the Aussies. Any Germany team is a strong one.

"Australia were bold and courageous," said Joachim Low as reported by SBS.

"When I look at it from the coach side, it was a hectic game for us.

The World Cup winning mastermind continued, outlining: "We never had the game completely under control."

For Germany the result is obviously a rather disappointing one, but it did provide something of a wake-up call ahead of more pressing matters, namely the Euro 2016 qualification trail.

Germany overcame Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday by two goals two nil and remain second in Group D. They are, however, not just one point behind Poland following the Republic or Ireland's late equaliser in Dublin.

Germany will be desperate to top the group and will remain favourites to do so despite having endured something of a testing time since the glory of last summer.

Australia fans: are you excited by what your team can achieve?

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