International Friendly Recap

Over the last three days, 13 of the 16 teams in Euro 2012 were part of International Friendlies. Here are the results of the matches and some of the highlights of who scored and who played.

Friday March 25

Russia 1, Uruguay 1

Halftime substitute Alexander Kerzhakov equalized after Luis Suarez drew first blood in a 1-1 match in Moscow. Kerzhakov came in for Pavel Pogrebnyak, who started up top with Andrei Arshavin. Goalkeeper Viacheslav Malafeev started between the pipes, while Igor Akinfeev was an unused substitute.

Croatia 3, Estonia 1

Croatia got goals from Vedran Corluka, Nikola Kalinic and Ognjen Vukojevic. Kalinic paired with Eduardo at forward, and Niko Kranjcar came on as a sub in the beginning of the second half. Luka Modric did not dress, but should be ready for Euro 2012.

Saturday March 26

Brazil 3, Denmark 1

Nicklas Bendtner scored the Danes lone goal, as they fell to the South American giants. This was an appropriate test for Denmark, as they sit in a group with Germany, Netherlands and Portugal. Daniel Agger and Simon Kjaer started at center back and must play well in the tournament.

Ireland 1, Bosnia-Herzegovina 0

Substitute Shane Long netted a 78th minute winner. Long came on for Robbie Keane, who has been playing consistently for the LA Galaxy. Goalkeeper Shay Given sat out as a precaution.

Poland 1, Slovakia 0

Defender Damien Perquis scored on the half-hour mark for Poland. The Poland starting lineup could be the squad for the June 8 opener.

Portugal 0, Macedonia 0

This match was stalemate between two teams with a wide margin of talent. Cristiano Ronaldo started and played 72 minutes. Raul Meireles and Nani come off the bench.

Spain 2, Serbia 0

Adrian and Santi Cazorla scored for the World and European Champs. Adrian didn’t make the cut for Spain’s official Euro 2012 roster. You can’t take Spain’s starting lineup too seriously because the Barcelona players were part of the Copa del Rey Final a day earlier.

Switzerland 5, Germany 3

Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok scored a hat trick and Germany suffered a setup back in their Euro preparation. Germany was without the Bayern Munich players, but Mats Hummels, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Mario Gotze, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski were in the starting 11.

Bulgaria 2, Netherlands 1

Another big upset for a Group B team. Robin Van Persie picked up where he left off with Arsenal and scored a goal. However, two second half Bulgaria goals has to be worrisome for a team with a shaky defense.

Czech Republic 2, Israel 1

Milan Baros converted a penalty and David Lafata scored a late winner. Tomas Rosicky was held out with an injury, but insists he will be ready by June 8.

Greece 1, Slovenia 1

Vasilis Torosidis scored for Greece, but they let up a late goal in a draw. Theofanis Gekas and Georgios Samaras were the starting striker duo for Greece.

England 1, Norway 0

Ashley Young scored the lone goal. The Chelsea players were not available so the starting defense will look different for the opener against France. Gareth Barry left with an injury and might miss the tournament. Andy Carroll started and played 90 minutes at forward. Forward Danny Welbeck wasn’t fit.

Sunday May 27

France 3, Iceland 2

France was two goals down at halftime, and saved embarrassment with goals from Mathieu Debuchy, Franck Ribery and Adil Rami. Defender Patrice Evra started. Hatem Ben Arfa and Samir Nasri started in the midfield behind strike Karin Benzema.


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