Germany hosted England at Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night for an international friendly that felt more like the Lukas Podolski testimonial match, considering that it was the forward's last ever appearance for the national team.
Twitter got stuck in straight away as the former Arsenal man gave a pre-match speech to the crowd...
Lukas Podolski is saying a few words to the home crowd.— 888sport (@888sport) March 22, 2017
It roughly translates to 'Lol Wenger'...
Podolski speech further translated:— 888sport (@888sport) March 22, 2017
"To play my final game for Germany against the likes of Keane and Livermore is one for the memoirs."
The match kicked off and it was the Three Lions, who took control, and were almost awarded a penalty courtesy of a blatant Jamie Vardy dive...
That's a really lovely kit England are wearing. Shame it's Scotland's.— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) March 22, 2017
"Sorry, didn't quite get that one - the filter wouldn't work - can we go again?"— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
Rule number one if you rake your studs down an opponents shin - go down injured. Clever Weigl. #GERENG— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) March 22, 2017
Jamie Vardy may as well have taken out a magnifying glass there, he was looking so hard for a penalty.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
Absolutely spectacular dive from Jamie Vardy there.— Coral (@Coral) March 22, 2017
Fully committed, fantastic execution.
Jamie Vardy goes down in the box.. pic.twitter.com/jk6dLyPLQO— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) March 22, 2017
"Who are you and what have you done with the German National Team?"— Copa90 (@Copa90) March 22, 2017
Quite shocked that England have been doing tactics in the first 13 minutes. #GERENG— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) March 22, 2017
Classic England this, look brilliant in friendlies against the top sides but then watch us get knocked out by Finland in the World Cup.— From The Stands (@FromTStands) March 22, 2017
The goal never came for the away side though and the game stayed goalless, prompting Twitter users to get creative...
Seeing Joachim Löw on screen and immediately willing him to scratch his gooch and sniff it.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
10 minutes gone, Joachim Low has just munched through his 13th bogey of the night and is getting full #GERENG— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) March 22, 2017
Once upon a time we had this man stood over free kicks...— Premier League (@EPLBible) March 22, 2017
Now we have Bertrand and Dier. pic.twitter.com/SBQsWy2YeK
Missed a tap in against City on Sunday, hits the post against Germany in a one on one. Not a great few days for Lallana. Still got Nivea tho— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) March 22, 2017
Toni Kroos vs Jake Livermore tonight... pic.twitter.com/YFSxDyMETE— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 22, 2017
Jake Livermore is running the show against Germany. What a time to be alive.— From The Stands (@FromTStands) March 22, 2017
When you realise Joe Hart had the Cruyff turn in his locker all along. pic.twitter.com/fLwzl9A4cF— bet365 (@bet365) March 22, 2017
Another Bravo impersonation from Hart there. Another step closer to the City first team #GERENG— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) March 22, 2017
Yet, just when it seemed that this classic fixture would be uneventful, the man of the moment popped up to score a belter of a goal and end his career in the national team in the most fitting way possible...
GOAL! PODOLSKI! On his final game for Germany! That'll be straight on his Bebo flashbox!— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
''Shit, did you see that? He must have a foot like a traction engine'' pic.twitter.com/mGCnJyc17Y— Coral (@Coral) March 22, 2017
England XI: 267 caps, 17 goals.— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) March 22, 2017
Lukas Podolski: 130 caps, 49 goals. pic.twitter.com/YOTzohneEg
Lukas Podolski's last cap for Germany...⚽️ pic.twitter.com/KAWJOdZGGw— Dan O'Hagan ☘️ (@danohagan) March 22, 2017
Essentially Podolski's only attribute is that he can wallop the ball really hard. It's a handy attribute if you're only going to have one.— Tim Stillman (@Stillberto) March 22, 2017
That is the most Podolski goal ever. Fitting. pic.twitter.com/H8TBOHUgF2— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) March 22, 2017
Wenger trying to get Podolski back to save his season pic.twitter.com/X6rZUhTYHG— Jack Fenton (@Fenton_18) March 22, 2017
Joachim Low honoured Podolski with a standing ovation as he was replaced, and in a bizarre move the Westfalenstadion sound system played out the Gladiator theme song...
Is that the theme tune from Gladiator? What a substitution.— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) March 22, 2017
The World Cup holders just played substitution music. What even is football now?— James Browning (@JamesBrowning96) March 22, 2017
Wonder what they'll play at full time, bit of Titanic? #GERENG— UNILAD Football (@UNILADFooty) March 22, 2017
Great shot of the emotional scenes as Lukas Podolski came off with the Gladiator music played around the stadium: pic.twitter.com/KX5Rd7kWmm— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
I'd want the Benny Hill music for me if I was being subbed. Then me and the lad coming on could chase each other around.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
Jermain Defoe remained rooted to the bench as England's time ran out...
Jermain Defoe waits 4 years to be called up.— BigSport (@BigSportGB) March 22, 2017
Can't get 5 minutes in a friendly where England need a goal... pic.twitter.com/fGuvyEfGye
Thomas Muller is on! Any excuse... https://t.co/nsY7ugxKHu— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
As the full time whistle rang, it was the same old story for Gareth Southgate's men, while it was the perfect send off for Lukas Podolski...
We reflect on the incredible international career of Germany's Lukas Podolski... pic.twitter.com/hoSljelc7J— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
Nice to know someone associated with Arsenal knows how to retire properly... pic.twitter.com/pPpqp8OC5x— BigSport (@BigSportGB) March 22, 2017
There were some very suspect pundit views as well throughout the night. Here are some of the worst...
"This is the way we've got to play in big tournaments," says Glenn Hoddle, overlooking the fact that we're outplaying Germany's C team.— ODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) March 22, 2017
Glenn Hoddle: "Germany have almost played this like a friendly." pic.twitter.com/K0Xf0jOq0b— Coral (@Coral) March 22, 2017
Lee Dixon just referred to Dele Alli's talent as "unlimitless". pic.twitter.com/ABFVIs5mb9— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 22, 2017
Giggs: "Michael Keane didn't put a foot wrong today."— 888sport (@888sport) March 22, 2017
He slipped and let Sane in. Isolated incident but two wrong feet if ever i saw them..
Glenn Hoddle: "Germany have almost played this like a friendly". pic.twitter.com/KpNiXqosFw— bet365 (@bet365) March 22, 2017