May 29th, 2012
International Friendly Results: Fearing For The Future?
Denmark to beat Brazil. Then this happened. Image: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages.
Judging from some of the upsets the big boys experienced over the weekend, Euro 2012 could well be won by a late entrant – i.e. three Kickette staffers, two of their pets and a cab driver from London named Steve.
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Were you disappointed with this weekend’s friendly results? Or would you rather your boys got their collywobbles out of the way before it matters? Non-comprehensive round up is below in case “factual” assistance is needed.
- Portugal 0-0 Macedonia: After a rough qualifying campaign, this was Portugal’s first opportunity to reassert their claim to the Euro throne. They failed – a fact that frustrated their talisman into a whole new range of excitable facial expressions.
- Switzerland 5-3 Germany: Alright, they fielded an under-strength side. And it was only a friendly. And Eren Derdiyok was on fiyah. But still, this probably wasn’t the morale booster one of the teams tipped to win the darn tournament were looking for.
- France 3-2 Iceland: Being 115 places behind France in the FIFA World Cup rankings didn’t stop Iceland from leading this game 2-0 at half time. Second half goals from Mathieu Debuchy, Adil Rami and Franck Ribery saved Les Bleus’ blushes, but not before Yoann Gourcuff practiced some sumptuous side-eye at his errant team-mates.
- Spain 2-0 Serbia: Adem Ljajic was dismissed from the Serbian NT for refusing to sing his country’s national anthem after his team lost to Spain. Ljajic, a Muslim, said his song abstinence was down to “personal reasons.”