International Reds: Schweinsteiger bows out; Mkhitaryan injured?

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The international break has started meaning that now top flight club football will commence until next weekend. On Wednesday evening, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger represented their respective countries, Armenia and Germany, with Schweinsteiger bowing out of the international stage after announcing his retirement after the European Championships in France earlier this summer. During the international break, we will be reporting on how each Manchester United player has done whilst playing for his country. Here is how Mkhitaryan and Schweinsteiger did on Wednesday evening.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Czech Republic 3-0 Armenia

Henrikh Mkhitaryan started in the 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic, captaining his country. It took just four minutes for the home side to take the lead, through Ladislav Krejci. In the 34th minute of the match, Vaclav Kadlec doubled the hosts lead. In the 38th minute of the match, Mkhitaryan was replaced by Artak Yedigaryan after colliding with Marek Sukhy and being unable to continue. The injury does not look all that serious, just enough for him being unable to continue the match and when asked by supporters if he would be fit for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday, he replied: “I hope so”.

Next Match: Denmark – FIFA World Cup Qualifier – Sunday 4th September 2016, KO 17:00 BST 

Bastian Schweinsteiger – Germany 2-0 Finland

Bastian Schweinsteiger started in the 2-0 victory over Finland on Wednesday evening at the Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach. This was a friendly match branded a testimonial and the 121st and final appearance for Schweinsteiger for Germany, which was a sad occasion for himself and his fans. Every time he touched the ball, the supporters in the stadium erupted in applause, which was a fitting touch for the man that helped his country win the FIFA World Cup just two years ago in Brazil, also beating the hosts 7-0 on the way to the final, something Brazil have never really recovered from, even their Gold Medal at the Olympics will not change that. In the 15th minute of the match, Schweinsteiger picked a perfect pass for Max Meyer, one of the stars of Germany’s Olympics side, but his low strike from 20-yards did not have the accuracy it needed. The match headed into half-time 0-0, with Schweinsteiger and his teammates looking to give him a fitting send-off. In the 55th minute, Meyer scored his first senior goal for his country, assisted by Mario Götze. By the 68th minute of the match, it was time to say goodbye to Schweinsteiger, who was replaced by Julian Weigl. In the 77th minute of the match, Mesut Özil, assisted by Götze, doubled the home side’s lead, sending Schweinsteiger into international retirement as a match winner once again. At the end of the match, applause roared once against for Schweinsteiger with banners around the stadium saying “Danke, Basti”, in recognition of the work the player had done for his country.

Next Match: Retired from international duty

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