Lille (France) Germany stars Manuel Neuer warned the world champions will only improve after seeing off Ukraine 2-0 in Lille to make the perfect start to their Euro 2016 campaign.
Neuer made several key saves as Ukraine threatened to expose German defence weakened by injuries to Mats Hummels and Antonio Ruediger before half time.
Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) shows his delight after scoring during the Euro 2016 match against Ukraine at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille on Sunday. pic/AFP
However, Shkodran Mustafi's header and a first international goal in five years by Bastian Schweinsteiger, deep into stoppage time, gave Joachim Loew's men a perfect start in their European campaign. "We played well and kept up our good standards in defence," said Bayern Munich's Neuer. "We haven't shown yet everything that we have to show, we will keep improving."
It was a special night for Schweinsteiger, who battled back to fitness just in time to make the squad. And he made a huge impact in just three minutes on the field as he sprinted forward to slam home Mesut Ozil's low cross in the 93rd minute.
"I ran so hard in the celebrations that I'm a bit out of breath still," said the Manchester United midfielder. "It was amazing for that to happen, it's the kind of thing you can only wish for, but the most important thing is the team wins."
Neuer is hoping Schweinsteiger will be fit to play a bigger role in the rest of the tournament. "Basti was class when he came on and made the goal," said Neuer.
"I hope he can play from the start soon."