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March 25, 2015

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.

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Podolski was free at the far post to sweep in a cross from fellow substitute Andre Schurrle 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.

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