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France, Sweden Win Last Euro 2012 Tuneups, Co-Host Ukraine Loses

June 05, 2012

France, Sweden Win Last Euro 2012 Tuneups, Co-Host Ukraine Loses

French forward Karim Benzema, center, vies with Estonia's captain Ragnar Klavan, right, during the friendly football match France vs Estonia at the Le Mans Stadium in Le Mans, western France. Photographer: Franck Fife/AFP/GettyImages

France and Sweden rounded off their preparations for soccer’s European Championship with wins as tournament co-host Ukraine lost to Turkey in its final tuneup.

Karim Benzema scored twice as France warmed up for its opening Group D game against England on June 11 in Donetsk by routing Estonia 4-0 in Le Mans last night. Franck Ribery and substitute Jeremy Menez got the other goals.

The victory extended 1984 and 2000 European champion France’s unbeaten run to 21 matches. The streak is the longest without a loss among all nations, according to Infostrada Sports.

Sweden beat Serbia 2-1 in its last match before taking on Ukraine in Kiev on June 11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute in Solna after Neven Subotic replied for Serbia following Ola Toivonen’s 23rd-minute opener.

Three days after winning 3-1 in Portugal, Turkey defeated another Euro 2012 participant as goals by Caner Erkin and Mustafa Pektemek sent Ukraine to a 2-0 loss in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Co-host Poland opens the 16-nation tournament against Greece in Warsaw on June 8, when Russia faces the Czech Republic in the other Group A match.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dan Baynes in Sydney at dbaynes@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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