International friendly games are in full swing ahead of the UEFA European Championships. Some teams are having a better run than others but with still a few matches to go, there is enough time for the managers to get their affairs in order before the football showdown from June 12.
Let’s take a look at how the teams are faring in these warm-up matches.
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Draws for Netherlands, Belgium, Germany
The Flying Dutchmen played their first international match in over two months earlier this week. Facing Scotland, the Netherlands started as the favourites but Scots soon took them by surprise.
Jack Hendry put Scotland ahead in the 11th minute but only to have Memphis Depay equalise it. In the second half, Kevin Nisbet put Scotland up 2-1 and they were marching on to win their warm-up game.
However, Depay played the spoilsport and scored a brilliant goal in the 89th minute to level the match 2-2.
That said, Scotland would be happy with the result having held a team like the Netherlands to a respectable draw.
Meanwhile, Germany and Belgium were both held to 1-1 draw respectively by Denmark and Greece.
Both big teams were up 1-0 in the match but were equalised in the second half and were forced to settle for draws. That said, these are still early days, especially for Die Mannschaft who will be pleased with the return of Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller to the team.
Florian Neuhaus scored for the Germans before being nullified by Yussuf Poulsen’s goal in the 71st minute. For Belgium, Thorgan Hazard gave them an early lead but it was equalised in the second half by Georgios Tzavellas of Greece.
Good Wins for Switzerland, Turkey
Switzerland routed Liechtenstein 7-0 in what was a bold message to their Euro Cup Group comprising Wales, Turkey, and Italy. Mario Gavranovic scored a hat-trick while unfortunate Liechtenstein scored an own goal.
The game before, the Swiss beat USA 2-1 in another international friendly.
Turkey too had a good run when they beat Moldova 2-0 in Thursday’s friendly match.
France, England also Start Well
In other news, Euro Cup 2020 favourites England and France had a good start to their warm-up games. England beat Austria 1-0, thanks to the sole goal by Bukayo Saka. However, that match also saw Trent Arnold-Alexander pick a thigh injury. As a result, the Liverpool fullback is set to miss the Euro campaign this summer.
As for France, they beat Wales 3-0 with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele scoring a goal each.
Karim Benzema played his first international game for Les Bleus team in six years. Upon his return to the side, he played full 90 minutes but did miss a penalty in the 27th minute.