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Euro warm-up: France thump Wales, Germany held

Sports Lounge Staff



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Paris: Karim Benzema missed a penalty and hit the post but delivered a fine performance in his France comeback as the world champions beat 10-man Wales 3-0 in a Euro 2020 warm-up game on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid striker, back in the squad after a hiatus of more than five years following a row with coach Didier Deschamps, helped his team mates shine with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele finding the back of the net.

Wales threatened early on but had their wings clipped when Neco Williams was shown a straight red card for handling the ball from a Benzema attempt, which led to the forward missing a penalty in the 27th minute.

France play Bulgaria next Tuesday before starting their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany in Group F, where they will also face Hungary and defending champions Portugal.

Wales were drawn in Group A with Switzerland, Turkey and Italy.

Germany twice hit the woodwork and missed more chances before settling for a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2020 warmup match against Denmark on Wednesday.

With 2014 World Cup winners Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels back in the squad after more than two years and going straight into the starting lineup, the Germans looked sharp from the start.

A Florian Neuhaus effort tested Kasper Schmeichel early on and the keeper then saved a Mueller header in the 13th minute. Leroy Sane should have done better in the 27th when he was left unmarked in front of goal but stabbed his effort over the bar.

The Danes survived another close call a little later when Joshua Kimmich whipped a low cross across the goal and three players failed to connect.

Serge Gnabry went even closer, hitting the crossbar with a curled effort just before the break before Neuhaus tapped in three minutes after the restart to give Germany a deserved lead.

“We defended well over long periods of time and we did that better than in previous games,” said Germany coach Joachim Low.

“But we lost our focus a bit midway through the second half, lost possession a few times. But we made it difficult for ourselves by not making 2-0.”

Germany’s backline had completely shut out the Danes for 71 minutes but was beaten when Christian Eriksen delivered a defence-splitting pass for Poulsen to beat keeper Manuel Neuer with their first chance of the game.

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