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International friendly wrap: Brazil show their class, Germany lose

27 May 2012 08:15

Brazil dealt a blow to Denmark's morale prior to Euro 2012 with a comfortable 3-1 win in international friendly action on Saturday.

Denmark, who will face Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal in Group B at the European Championships, were made to look defensively naive in the first half against a young Brazil team containing the bulk of their expected squad for the London Olympics.

Porto forward Hulk was the inspiration for Brazil, scoring twice before half-time as the South American side led 3-0 at the break.

Denmark lifted for the second 45 minutes and a goal from Nicklas Bendtner gave the scoreline a more respectable appearance.

Elsewhere on Saturday, a hat-trick from Bayer Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok inspired Switzerland to a shock 5-3 victory against Euro 2012 favourites Germany, while 2010 World Cup finalists the Netherlands were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Bulgaria.

Spain began their Euro 2012 preparations on a winning note, beating Serbia 2-0 courtesy of second-half goals from debutant Adrian Lopez and Santi Carzola.

In Dublin, a second-half goal from substitute Shane Long was enough to give the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A hat-trick from Landon Donovan guided the United States to a comprehensive 5-1 win over Scotland in front of 44,438 spectators and handed Craig Levein his heaviest defeat as manager.

Poland, who will co-host the European Championships with Ukraine, defeated Slovakia 1-0 thanks to a 30th-minute header from Sochaux defender Damien Perquis, while Portugal were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Macedonia.

Saturday's other friendlies saw the Czech Republic leave it late to defeat Israel 2-1, Finland overcame Turkey 3-2 and Slovenia held Greece to a 1-1 draw in Germany.

Finally, New Zealand edged Honduras 1-0 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and El Salvador accounted for Moldova 2-0.

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