European Championship Warm Up

  • Late winner takes France past Iceland in warmup May 28, 2012

    Valenciennes, France: Franck Ribery scored his first international goal for more than three years and Adil Rami grabbed a late winner as France rallied to beat Iceland 32 at home on Sunday in a European Championship warmup match. Coach Laurent Blanc picked an experimental and attacking lineup, featuring several fringe players....
  • Spain preparations hit, Fabregas to miss 10 days May 27, 2012

    Madrid: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is set to miss a big chunk of Spain's preparations for Euro 2012 after being ruled out for seven to 10 days with a hamstring strain, the Spanish club said on Saturday. Fabregas picked up the injury to his right thigh when he came on for...
  • Second string Czechs beat Israel 21 in warmup May 27, 2012

    Graz, Austria: A lastminute goal by David Lafata helped the Czech Republic beat Israel 21 on Saturday in preparation for next month's European Championship. It was the third international goal in 17 appearances for Lafata, who came on as a substitute after 65 minutes for Milan Petrzela. Striker Milan Baros scored from...
  • Greece, Slovenia draw 11 in friendly May 27, 2012

    Kufstein, Austria: Midfielder Jasmin Kurtic scored on his international debut to earn Slovenia a 11 draw with European Championshipbound Greece on Saturday. Kurtic levelled in the 87th minute. Earlier, he missed Slovenia's best chance by sending a free kick just over the bar. Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis put the 2004 champions in...
  • Poland beat Slovakia 10, Fabianksi out injured May 27, 2012

    Klagenfurt, Austria: Damien Perquis scored his first international goal on Saturday to give Poland a 10 win over Slovakia in the cohost's second warmup match before the European Championship. The Sochaux defender's header from a cross by Lukasz Piszczek found the net after half an hour, earning Poland a second straight...
  • Ireland edge BosniaHerzegovina 10 in warmup May 27, 2012

    Dublin: Shane Long gave Ireland a moraleboosting 10 victory over BosniaHerzegovina ahead of the European Championship on Saturday but midfielder Keith Fahey was ruled out of the tournament through injury. Fahey has been struggling with a groin problem since he joined the squad and he pulled up in the friendly on...
  • Hulk brace gives Brazil 31 win over Denmark May 27, 2012

    Hamburg, Germany: Hulk scored two goals in the first half to help Brazil beat Denmark 31 on Saturday at the start of a fourmatch tour ahead of the London Olympics. Hulk scored in the eighth and 40th minutes, either side of an own goal by Niki Zimling, as a young but...
  • Insipid Portugal held to 00 draw by Macedonia May 27, 2012

    Leiria, Portugal: Portugal lacked fire and flair and were held to 00 at home by Macedonia on Saturday in a warmup match for the European Championship. Portugal's rare goal threats came mostly from Cristiano Ronaldo's longrange efforts, but the captain had little support and couldn't break down Macedonia's packed defence on...
  • Netherlands lost 21 to Bulgaria in friendly May 27, 2012

    Amsterdam: Bulgaria surprised the Netherlands 21 on Saturday in a friendly that showed the World Cup runnersup are struggling to find their trademark fluency ahead of the European Championship. Substitute Ilian Micanski scored the winning header in injury time. Robin van Persie gave the Netherlands the lead on the stroke of halftime,...
  • Spain beat Serbia 20 in Euro 2012 warmup May 27, 2012

    St. Gallen, Switzerland: Adrian Lopez scored and set up a goal on his debut as Spain beat Serbia 20 to get their European Championship preparations off to a winning start on Saturday. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, without his Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao regulars and with Chelsea pair Fernando Torres and...
  • Germany stunned by Switzerland in Euro warmup May 27, 2012

    Basel, Switzerland: Germany suffered for resting their Bayern Munich players as Switzerland forward Eren Derdiyok scored a hattrick in a wild 53 victory over the European Championship contenders in a friendly on Saturday. Derdiyok exploited unusual disarray in the German defence to convert assists from the outstanding Tranquillo Barnetta in the...
  • Hodgson starts England reign with Norway win May 27, 2012

    Oslo, Norway: Ashley Young gave Roy Hodgson a winning start as England coach on Saturday, clinching a 10 victory over Norway in the team's first European Championship warmup match. Young combined with Andy Carroll after nine minutes, scoring in his fourth consecutive international to provide Hodgson with a potential striking partnership...