SOCHI: Beyond one goal, there's the beach.
The Socceroos open their Confederations Cup campaign against Germany on Tuesday (1am AEST), with matches against Cameroon and Chile to come in the following six days of a condensed competition.
The withdrawal with injury of Manchester City's Leroy Sane, 21, from the Confeds Cup squad has deprived Low of a little dash from his forward line, but if Australia expect this Germany to look callow and timid, they should beware.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The learning curve facing an inexperienced and experimental German side became clearer to coach Joachim Loew after they were given a fright by Australia at the Confederations Cup on Monday. Retaining the World Cup next year is the priority.
But Germany were by no means in control and a blunder by Bernd Leno gifted Tomi Juric a tap-in to make it 3-2, setting up a nervy finish.
"The key thing for us is believing in the way we play and the philosophy of the last two or three years", he added. Headlined by Alexis Sánchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo, the South Americans might prove an even tougher opponent than the world champions. "You need to evolve and grow the team".
"Because we want to continue to evolve as a team and we want to do well here", he said.
In fact, only three German players who won the World Cup in 2014 - Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter and Julian Draxler - were named in the 23-man group, providing an opportunity for some of the country's rising stars.
Australia on the other hand will be looking to play as a team to get past the strength of the Germans.
Julian Draxler is the most-experienced worldwide in the squad and he led by example with a first-half goal.
VAR was used in the A-League in the latter stages of the season just passed, though with the vast majority of the Socceroos squad based at overseas clubs, the process will be new to most.
"The size of your squad and how healthy your players are becomes really, really important as you get deeper into the tournament". "I think my tenure has already been defined".
Chile's breakthrough was just reward for a dominant performance at the Spartak Stadium, where the South American champions had a goal controversially ruled out for offside by video technology at the end of the first half.
"These games are high intensity, a lot of pressure on them, so I'd imagine most of the squad will be used".