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BERLIN， Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Germany edged Finland 2-0 thanks to the second-half goals from Max Meyer and Mesut Oezil to round off Bastian Schweinsteiger's farewell game on Wednesday.
After 12 years in Germany's dress and 24 goals in 121 caps， team captain Schweinsteiger stepped back from the national squad and said goodbye to his supporters ahead of the kick-off against Finland.
"It means a lot to me that each one of you is here，" Schweinsteiger， who was moved to tears， said to the 30，121 fans at the Borussia-Park. "I would like to thank the whole national team. It was a great honour to play for Germany."
After the ceremony， Germany took the reins from the kick-off as Finland defended deep in their territory.
Thus， Germany approached Finland's goal for the first time dangerously when custodian Lukas Hradecky had to defuse Meyer's long-range effort in the 14th minute. Three minutes later， Shkodran Mustafi headed from promising position over the target.
Joachim Loew's men dictated the pace but lacked in penetration and ideas to overcome Finland's well-positioned defence. However， Germany should have opened the scoring with 32 minutes into the game but Mario Goezte missed the open goal after rounding goalkeeper Hradecky.
After the restart， Germany continued to press whereas Finland showed no interest to threat the hosts' defence. Nevertheless， Finland's Teemu Pukki missed a square pass at the far post out of the blue.
Germany were finally able to turn their efforts into a tangible reward as Meyer tapped home Goetze's low cross into the box in the 55th minute. Goetze was in the thick of things 10 minutes later but his shot on target was blocked once again.
In the 67th minute， team skipper Schweinsteiger was replaced by Julian Weigl to complete his last match in Germany's national dress. The hosts kept it bowling and double the lead through Oezil， who made the game safe after slotting home Goetze's assist in the 77th minute.
Finland had the chance to reduce the arrears in the closing period but Bernd Leno denied Pukki following a one-on-one situation.
Germany will travel to Norway to start the World Cup play-offs on Sunday.
RIO DE JANEIRO， Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The ambitious Japanese women's basketball team failed to make history at the Olympics as they lost 110-64 to the powerhouse United States in a quarter-final match here on Tuesday.
The Asian champions， aiming for a medal finishing at Rio， battled in every corner of the court in the first half before they stumbled in front of American bench.
Japan trailed only 30-23 in the first quarter and closed in by just two points in the second on 46-44 before the U.S. pulled away by 56-46 at the break.
The bench of the U.S. contributed 62 points， compared to 14 from the counterpart， when they extended the lead to over 40 points in the second half.
"Today they created lots of problems for us. They played really well. It's the hardest 40 points in the game we've ever won by. It was hard. It was really a hard game，" U.S. guard Diana Taurasi said.
Mika Kurihara made four three-pointers in the first half to help Japan close by， but she didn't score in the second.
"We played our Japan's game in the first half. But in the second， they didn't give me chances. At that time we need someone to step up，" Kurihara said.
Seven Americans scored in double digits as Maya Moore and Taurasi led the team with 19 points each. Ramu Tokashiki led Japan with 14 points.
TOKYO Jarran Reed Seahawks Jersey , Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on Wednesday postponed clearing two of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s (TEPCO) idled reactors from restarting on grounds the utility may be unfit to run a nuclear power plant.
Two reactors at TEPCO's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture have cleared new stringent safety standards instituted in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima plant, also operated by TEPCO, but the NRA has been criticized for there being a lack of debate on the restart.
The NRA has been critical of TEPCO's management including its safety awareness and had said previously that "An operator, who cannot take concrete measures to decommissioning efforts of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, does not have the right to resume operation of nuclear reactors."
The utility had been urged by the NRA to provide concrete details on how it plans to deal with contaminated water at the disaster-hit Daiichi nuclear facility in Fukushima Prefecture, yet failed to give details in its written response.
The NRA on Wednesday in a meeting with TEPCO said the utility should make clear in its safety rules its determination to ensure the safe operation of its nuclear power plants.
Discussions, henceforth, will be held with Japan's economy, trade and industry minister to determine whether TEPCO is fit to operate nuclear power plants.
Niigata Gov. Ryuichi Yoneyama, in another stumbling block for the embattled utility, said gaining consent from local residents on the reactors' restart will take around three to four years.
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MOSCOW， May 8 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed on Sunday morning in a shooting resulting from a dispute among local residents in the east of Russia's Moscow region， and the attacker has made a confession， Russian media reported.
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