Tearful Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has been given an emotional send-off by fans in his 121st and final game for his country. The match was reduced to a sideshow as the world champions beat Finland 2-0.
Schalke midfielder Meyer – making only his second senior international appearance – emerged as a potential star of the future with a confident display and a well-taken goal. Schweinsteiger’s team-mates conspired for 68 minutes to create a goal-scoring chance for their captain before he departed to a standing ovation, but in a game that Germany dominated almost from start to finish, it was Joachim Low’s new generation of players that pulled the strings.
Meyer, who had impressed for the German Olympic football team in Rio, timed his run perfectly to score after 55 minutes and it was 2-0 via a deflected cross from substitute Mesut Ozil 12 minutes later.
Finland defended tirelessly and deserved a low scoreline, but there was little that Hradecky could do to prevent Ozil’s cross from finding the net when it took a deflection off Arajuuri, looped up onto the post and slowly crossed the line to make it 2-0.
Highlights of the game
Bastian Schweinsteiger farewell speech