Spain wins, Germany loses in Euro warmups
LONDON (AP) -- With the European Championship less than two weeks away, Spain showed it is in good shape to defend the title by beating Serbia 2-0 in its first warmup game.
It wasn't such a successful night for two more of the continent's heavyweight sides, however, with a Germany team missing its Bayern Munich stars losing 5-3 in Switzerland and Portugal drawing 0-0 at home to Macedonia.
Portugal and Germany are in the same group at Euro 2012 along with the Netherlands, who hosted Bulgaria later Saturday.
Adrian Lopez made a case for starting up front for the Spanish at the Euros in place of the injured David Villa by opening the scoring in the 64th minute on his international debut, before earning the penalty that was converted by Santi Cazorla 16 minutes from time.
Adrian was one of six players introduced after the break by coach Vicente del Bosque, who was without his star names from Barcelona, and they helped turn the game the world champions' way in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
The Atletico Madrid striker finished off a quick counterattack by heading home Jesus Navas' cross after the winger was released from a long ball by substitute Benat Etxebarria.
Adrian - the leading scorer in Spain's win in the Under-21 European Championship last year - was then felled by Branislav Ivanovic, allowing Cazorla to step up to score from the penalty.
He has Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente, Roberto Soldado and Alvaro Negredo to compete with for a spot in Del Bosque's squad, which will be announced on Sunday, but the coach couldn't have failed to be impressed by the debutant.
While Spain looks to have good backup for its leading players, the same maybe can't be said about Germany - arguably the holders' biggest rivals for the title at Euro 2012.
Germany rested its Bayern players who were involved in the loss to Chelsea in last weekend's Champions League final and was made to pay as Eren Derdiyok scored a hat trick in Basel.
Stephan Lichtsteiner and Admir Mehmedi also scored for Switzerland, which failed to qualify for next month's tournament in Poland and Ukraine, while Mats Hummels, Andre Schuerrle and substitute Marco Reus were the scorers for Germany.
Cristiano Ronaldo started in attack for Portugal but he couldn't break down a packed Macedonia defense in Leiria, with the home fans ending up jeering their own players.
Denmark is the other team in a tough Group B at the Euros and the Nordic team was swept aside 3-1 by Brazil, which was starting a four-match tour ahead of the London Olympics.
Porto striker Hulk, who has been linked with a move to European champion Chelsea, scored two of Brazil's goals while Nicklas Bendtner grabbed a late consolation for the Danes.
In Saturday's other early friendly, Euro 2012 contender Ireland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina thanks to Shane Long's second-half goal.
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