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Borussia-Park
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • ArajuuriOjala
    82'
  • BrandtMüller
    78'
  • Özil
    77'
  • HalstiMattila
    72'
  • PohjanpaloMarkkanen
    72'
  • SchweinsteigerWeigl
    68'
  • HectorÖzil
    63'
  • UronenSaksela
    60'
  • LodSchüller
    60'
  • SüleTah
    59'
  • Meyer
    55'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • HämäläinenPukki
    45'
  • ter StegenLeno
    45'
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Germany - Finland
International friendlies - 31 August 2016

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  • End of 2nd Half
90'+2

FT: Germany 2-0 Finland - Max Meyer and Mesut Ozil score as Germany ease to victory.

90'

Almost a consolation! Pukki is sent clean through but Leno, who has had virtually nothing to do since coming on at half-time, is quick off his line to make a good save.

88' 

Quite a stat...

85' 

Germany have a lot more zip in their play since the introduction of Muller and Ozil. Finland just chasing the ball.

82' 

Muller is straight into the action as he drives forward and picks out Gotze, but the Dortmund man is on his heels as he receives the pass, which flashes straight past him. Wake up, lad.

80' 

Amusingly, Schweinsteiger wouldn't give Muller his captain's armband when he came on. Presumably Basti wants that as a souvenir, and Muller has to find another one!

  • Thomas Müller
    OffJulian BrandtGermany
  • Thomas Müller
    OnThomas MüllerGermany
78'

  • Mesut Özil
    GoalMesut ÖzilGermanyGOAL! Germany 2-0 Finland - Ozil scores! Gotze's clever reverse pass finds Ozil in space. The Arsenal man is actually trying to cross for Brandt, but the ball takes a slight deflection off Arajuuri and goes in off the post.
77'

GOAL! Germany 2-0 Finland - Ozil scores! Gotze's clever reverse pass finds Ozil in space. The Arsenal man is actually trying to cross for Brandt, but the ball takes a slight deflection off Arajuuri and goes in off the post.

75' 

Finland kind of hanging on, at the moment.

73' 

Germany have turned it up a gear since introducing Ozil, as you may expect. Just looking a little slicker in attack now.

70'

Meyer shows good acceleration to reach Kimmich's through ball, which was over-hit in truth. But Meyer has caught Moisander in the process.

69' 

"Basti, Basti" rings out around Borussia-Park. He won't get that at the Manchester United training ground.

  • Julian Weigl
    OffBastian SchweinsteigerGermanyWell, here's the moment. Schweinsteiger says farewell after 121 appearances for Die Nationalmannschaft. A huge applause for one of German football's greatest ever players. Symbolic that he is replaced by Julian Weigl, the man who will take up Schweinsteiger's position in defensive midfield for years  to come.
  • Julian Weigl
    OnJulian WeiglGermany
67'

Well, here's the moment. Schweinsteiger says farewell after 121 appearances for Die Nationalmannschaft. A huge applause for one of German football's greatest ever players. Symbolic that he is replaced by Julian Weigl, the man who will take up Schweinsteiger's position in defensive midfield for years to come.

66' 

Gets into a good position on the right side of the box but his low shot is blocked.

65'

Germany double chance! Mustafi can't quite connect properly with a cross to the far post, Gotze follows up but his shot is shot is deflected over the top.

  • Mesut Özil
    OffJonas HectorGermany
  • Mesut Özil
    OnMesut ÖzilGermany
63' 

  • Rasmus Schüller
    OffRobin LodFinland
  • Rasmus Schüller
    OnRasmus SchüllerFinland
62' 

  • Janne Saksela
    OffJere UronenFinland
  • Janne Saksela
    OnJanne SakselaFinland
62' 

61'

A nice moment, that gets the biggest cheer of the night - a fan runs onto the pitch to take a selfie with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who duly obliges. What a guy!

  • Jonathan Tah
    OffNiklas SüleGermanyTah is on, but not for Mustafi. Debutant Sule makes way after a decent first showing for Die Nationalmannschaft.
  • Jonathan Tah
    OnJonathan TahGermany
59'

Tah is on, but not for Mustafi. Debutant Sule makes way after a decent first showing for Die Nationalmannschaft.

58' 

57' 

Mustafi appears to have recovered from that injury by the way, but don't be surprised to see him come off as a precaution before the night is through.

56' 

Now Bellarabi has a go from distance. Germany looking fired up now.

  • Max Meyer
    GoalMax MeyerGermanyGOAL! Germany 1-0 Finland - Meyer scores! Germany finally make the breakthrough as Gotze crosses from the right, it goes past Volland but it reaches Meyer, who slides it home from close range.
55'

GOAL! Germany 1-0 Finland - Meyer scores! Germany finally make the breakthrough as Gotze crosses from the right, it goes past Volland but it reaches Meyer, who slides it home from close range.

54' 

Germany knocking on the door... as they have been the whole evening.

53'

Close! Volland shows great strength and determination to hold off Lam and deliver a cross from the left, but it flashes across goal and Gotze is unable to stretch far enough to reach it.

51' 

Mustafi is up but not moving very freely. Surely he should come off... but no, he's playing on.

49'

Mustafi goes down - and stays down - after being caught by Lod. Concerning moemnts for Arsenal fans.

48' 

He will be missed.

47' 

Good defending by Mustafi, who gets back to close down Finland substitute Hakki, who'd taken up a good position.

  • 2nd Half
46'

Second half. We're back underway at Borussia-Park.

  • End of 1st Half
45'

Half-time: Germany 0-0 Finland - The hosts are dominating but all square at the break. Chances for Mustafi, Volland and Gotze as close as they've come so far.

44' 

Volland smashes the ball into the side-netting after Brandt slipped him in, but Volland had just strayed beyond the last defender. Offside.

43' 

It had been a very quiet debut for the Hoffenheim man until that point.

42'

Sule chance! The debutant bursts forward from the back and it opens up for him, so he has a crack! his low, powerful drive was swerving back inside the post and Hrádecký makes an important save low to his right.

40' 

The home fans - apart from cheering for Schweinsteiger - have gone a little quite. Borussia-Park needs a moment to ignite them.

38' 

Germany have defended well when called upon, but they need to be a little more inventive going forward if they're to break Finland down.

37' 

Mustafi can't believe a decision to award a Finland corner, and he's right to protest. Hector deals with the set piece for Germany, though.

36' 

Meyer has another go from distance, but his shot was always rising over the bar. The 20-year-old from Schalke certainly doesn't lack confidence.

34' 

The Germany fans still cheering every single Schweinsteiger touch, by the way.

32'

Gotze chance! The Borussia Dortmund man seemed certain to score when Meyer put him one-on-one, but Gotze rounds the keeper and runs into traffic and eventually his shot is blocked. Finland had three players back on the line there!

29' 

Germany continuing to dominate the game, but Finland are defending very deep and making it difficult for the world champions. Will be a test of their patience.

27'

Off the post! Germany almost score with a crazy own goal! Hector's low cross comes off the outside of Paulus Arajuuri's boot and off the frame of the goal. Would have been some finish!

25'

Off the line! Meyer drives forward on the break and plays a nicely weighted ball for Volland, who clips the ball past the goalkeeper, but Finland skipper Niklas Moisander clears.

23' 

Germany just struggling with that final ball at the moment. Obviously this is not Joachim Low's strongest line-up, but the midfield and attacking players not really on the same wavelength.

22' 

Meyer slips a neat through ball into the path of Volland, who battles hard for the ball as it runs away from him, Raitala sees it out.

20' 

Germany's turn to defend a set piece as Finland win a corner, and they do it very well with Bellarabi stabbing away at the near post.

18' 

That's the first real chance of the game and it comes from a set piece. Finland defended that one very poorly.

17'

Mustafi chance! Thumping header by Mustafi as a corner comes in from the right, but it's over the bar. The £35m Arsenal man leapt well and probably should have kept that on target.

15' 
14' 

Hrádecký definitely the busier of the two keepers so far. Germany starting to find their rhythm.

13' 

Meyer has a go from distance, and it's a decent try - low, hard and on target - but it's a pretty straightforward save for Hrádecký.

12' 

Gotze drops deep and plays in Volland, who forces a corner. First time we've really seen gotze in the game.

11' 

Chance for Germany as Schweinsteiger spots Bellarabi on the right. His cross has some zip on it and Finland goalkeeper Hrádecký does well to make a diving save to clear.

9' 

Hämäläinen gets beyond the Germany back line, but he's forced wider than he wants. He back heels the ball to keep it in play, but when he gets it back he's offside.

8' 

Hector makes a good run forward from left-back, but Volland can't quite reach him with the through ball. Nice idea, and well defended by Raitala.

7' 

A good ball forward by Kimmich almost finds Brandt, who had peeled off his marker - but it just runs away from him.

5' 

Ter Stegen has to be alert as a searching through ball almost finds the good run of Raitala from the back, but the Barcelona keeper comes out to clear.

4' 

Also a first touch for Mustafi at the back for Germany. Arsenal fans will be interested to see how their new £35m signing gets on.

3' 

Schweinsteiger gets his first touch, a pass wide to Kimmich, and gets a big cheer. Given his situation at United, which could drag on for a couple more months if he opts to move to the MLS, he will be keen to make a point with a strong performance tonight.

2' 

Finland, in blue shirts and white shorts, start on the front foot, with a couple of blocked shots from the edge of the Germany box.

  • 1st Half
1'

Kick off. We're underway at Borussia-Park.

19.40 

An emotional Bastian Schweinsteiger is applauded for what feels like a very long time. He is in tears as he thanks the fans for all their support during his long career for Die Nationalmannschaft. Not a dry eye in the house.

19.35 

FInland XI: L. Hrádecký, J. Raitala, T. Lam, P. Arajuuri, N. Moisander, J. Uronen, A. Ring, R. Lod, M. Halsti, K. Hämäläinen, J. Pohjanpalo.

19.30 

How Germany line up tonight...

19.25 
19.20 

Tonight is of course the farewell game for Bastian Schweinsteiger in a Germany shirt. He famously dragged Germany kicking and screaming to World Cup glory two years ago, but tonight could quite possibly be his final game in Europe, with a move to the MLS or China looming.

19.15 

Good evening. Welcome to LIVE text commentary of Germany vs Finland, at Borussia-Park in Moenchengladbach.