Germany win in successful debut for Niklas Süle

In the match that saw Bastian Schweinsteiger call time on his Germany career, Niklas Süle made his debut for the German national team. The central defender started the game, while Andrej Kramaric and Pavel Kaderabek played for their respective national teams on Wednesday evening.

Süle, who is the first player to come through the ranks at TSG and play for the national side, was given the number 17 shirt in Mönchengladbach. Süle lifted the match in the 42nd minute with a superb strike hit hard and low from 25 metres out. It took a very good save from Eintracht Frankfurt’s keeper Lukas Hradecky in the Finland goal to parry the ball away.

In defence Süle was rarely tested by Finland in what was a composed, solid debut for the centre back. Shortly after Schalke’s Max Meyer put Die Mannschaft 1-0 up, Süle was replaced by Jonathan Tah (58’). Mesut Özil scored to give Germany a two goal lead in the 77th minute. The Arsenal man had come on shortly beforehand.

Süle spoke to DFB after his debut: “For me it was a phenomenal feeling being out on the pitch tonight. To play with Bastian Schweinsteiger was unbelievable. He is a legend, a huge player. I enjoyed every second of it.”

Wins for Kramaric & Kaderabek

Also playing on Wednesday evening were Andrej Kramaric and Pavel Kaderabek, with both taking part in international friendlies. Kramaric scored in Croatia’s 8-1 victory over domestic second division side HNK Segesta Sisak to give his country a 2-0 lead. The TSG striker was substituted at half time in this friendly against the oldest club in the country.

Kaderabek was also out on the pitch for the first 45 minutes in the Czech Republic’s friendly against Armenia. After the break Czech head coach Karel Jarolim completely changed the side. Nevertheless Kaderabek and his teammates won the match in a comfortable 3-0 win.

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