It was not, however, enough to secure the South Americans victory, as Germany hit back late in the first half through a beautifully crafted Lars Stindl equaliser.
Earlier in the day, Cameroon and Australia emerged from Saint Petersburg with a result that suited neither team, but nonetheless keeps alive their respective hopes of making the last four. The Socceroos staged a second-half comeback to claim a share of the spoils, restoring parity through Mark Milligan's clinically dispatched penalty after Budweiser Man of the Match Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa had lobbed the Indomitable Lions in front.
While both sides remain winless and rooted to the foot of the table, neither is giving up hope of a third-match upset that could propel them into the semi-finals.
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