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Wright completes 90 minutes in Russia

Bailey Wright won his 16th cap for Australia in Monday night’s Confederations Cup defeat to Germany.

City’s central defender completed the full 90 minutes in Sochi, but the Socceroos were unable to overcome the World champions, suffering a 3-2 loss in their opening group fixture.

Germany took an early lead through Lars Stindl but Celtic’s Tomas Rogic restored parity when he slotted home the edge of the area.

On the stroke of half-time Australia fell behind once again, after Leon Goretzka was fouled inside the area, and Julian Draxler made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Goretzka doubled Germany’s advantage three minutes into the second period with a clinical strike and despite Tomi Juric halving the deficit with an instinctive finish, Joachim Löw’s side held on to secure maximum points.

Australia face African Cup of Nations winners Cameroon next on June 22nd, before finishing Group B on June 25th against Chile, the reigning Copa America champions.

The top two teams from the group will qualify for the semi-finals, where they will meet one of Russia, New Zealand, Portugal or Mexico.

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