🇪🇺 France win despite Benzema scare; Spain's young guns impress

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Dan Burke

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We’re getting closer and closer to Euro 2020 and Tuesday night offered up a host of warm-up fixtures.

Here’s what went down …


France vs Bulgaria

France 3
Bulgaria 0
Full time

Scorers: Griezmann 29′, Giroud 83′, 90′

The World champions finished their tournament preparations with a win over Bulgaria in game where Karim Benzema limped off with a thigh injury.

Antoine Griezmann gave Les Bleus a first half lead with an acrobatic volley before Benzema had to be substituted as a precaution after landing awkwardly on his right leg.

Coach Didier Deschamps confirmed at half-time that the Real Madrid striker only picked up a knock and should be fit to face Germany in seven days time.

Olivier Giroud came on for Benzema and it was he who made it 2-0 with a smart near post finish before tapping in from Wissam Ben Yedder’s cross to make it 3-0 late on.


Spain vs Lithuania

Spain 4
Lithuania 0
Full time

Scorers: Guillamón 3′, Brahim Díaz 24′, Miranda 54′, Puado 73′

An U21 Spain team featuring 10 senior international debutants in the starting line-up took on Lithuania in Leganés, and they went in front early on with Valencia defender Hugo Guillamón converting from a corner.

Brahim Díaz then made it 2-0 when he lashed in from an angle, before Abel Ruiz missed the to make it 3-0 when his effort from the penalty spot was saved.

Into the second half and Juan Miranda did make it 3-0 with a brilliant free-kick into the top corner, before Espanyol’s Javi Puado made it 4-0 with an emphatic finish.

Spain get their tournament under way when they face Sweden in Seville next Monday.


Poland vs Iceland

Poland 2
Iceland 2
Full time

Scorers: Zieliński 34′, Świderski 88′; A. Gudmundsson 26′; Bjarnason 47′

A late equaliser from Karol Świderski rescued a draw for Poland after what was a tough test against Iceland in Poznan.

Paulo Sousa’s side kick off their tournament against Slovakia in Saint Petersburg next Monday.


Czech Republic vs Albania

Czech Republic 3
Albania 1
Full time

Scorers: Schick 18′, Masopust 68′, Čelůstka 89′; Çikalleshi 42′

Czech Republic bounced back from a 4-0 defeat to Italy with a much improved performance and ultimately a victory thanks to goals from Patrik Schick, Lukáš Masopust and Ondřej Čelůstka.

Up next is Scotland in Glasgow next Monday.


Hungary vs Republic of Ireland

Hungary 0
Ireland 0
Full time

Hungary warmed up for their group opener against Portugal with a goalless draw with Ireland in Budapest.

It was the visitors’ John Egan who went closest to scoring when he rattled the crossbar in the first half.