Germany beat Israel 2-0 in a tuneup for soccer’s European Championship to secure its first win in three matches this year. France defeated Serbia by the same score and Greece got its first victory in five games.
Mario Gomez and Andre Schurrle scored last night in Leipzig as Germany, the bookmakers’ second favorite to win Euro 2012, rebounded from losses to France and Switzerland.
Germany opens its campaign for a record-extending fourth continental title against Portugal on June 9 in Lviv, Ukraine. The 16-nation tournament, co-hosted by Poland, starts June 8.
Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda scored first-half goals in Reims to extend France’s unbeaten run to 20 games. The French host Estonia on June 5 in their final tuneup before facing England six days later in the Group D opener in Donetsk.
Midfielder Yann M’Vila injured his right ankle last night and may be ruled out of the tournament, UEFA.com reported, citing France team doctor Fabrice Bryand.
“The ankle is not broken. It’s reassuring,” Bryand was cited as saying. “However, we need 48 hours more to say if he will recover in time.”
Greece, which plays Poland in seven days in the tournament’s opening match, needed a goal from Kyriakos Papadopoulos to beat Armenia 1-0 in Kufstein, Austria. The victory ended a run of three draws and a defeat for Greece, the 2004 European champion.
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