ZURICH: Germany missed their Bayern Munich stars – granted extra time away after their Champions League upset – as they were surprisingly defeated 5-3 by Switzerland on a busy weekend of Euro 2012 warm-up friendlies; Eren Derdiyok scored a hat-trick.
Germany coach Joachim Low said: “We made far too many mistakes. I did not expect this result though I knew it could be dangerous because of the many training sessions we have had until now. I knew that we could be lacking this freshness.”
World Cup runners-up Holland, another of the fancied runners, conceded a last-minute goal and a 2-1 home defeat by Bulgaria but England defeated Norway 1-0 in Oslo in Roy Hodgson’s first match as manager after taking over Fabio Capello. Manchester United’s Ashley Young scored his fifth goal in his last six internationals.
European champions Spain, who will defend the title they won four years ago when they beat Germany in the final, fielded a below-strength side without any Barcelona players against Serbia in St Gallen, Switzerland, but still had enough in reserve for a 2-0 win. Adrian Lopez, one of four debutants for Spain, scored the opener with Santi Cazorla also netting with a penalty.
Finals co-hosts Poland must replace Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski who injured a shoulder in a 1-0 win over Slovakia. Defender Damien Perquis headed Poland’s winner in Warsaw.
Portugal were jeered by their own fans after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Macedonia while Greece, who will travel to the finals aiming to produce another shock like they did in 2004 when they were European champions, drew 1-1 with Slovenia.
Denmark lost 3-1 to Brazil after Hulk scored twice for the South Americans in Hamburg but fellow Euro 2012 outsiders Ireland and Czech Republic secured morale-boosting wins, against Bosnia and Israel respectively.
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