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Saturday, June 02, 2012

FOOTBALL : Warmups see Portugal beaten while Netherlands, England, Denmark and Poland all win

Portugal's final European Championship warm-up ended in disappointing fashion as Umut Bulut's double helped secure a 3-1 victory for Turkey in Lisbon.

Turkey led 1-0 at the break thanks to Bulut's opening goal, and Bulut made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Nani replied for Portugal just 5 minutes later, but Ronaldo missed a penalty, and Pepe's own goal in the 88th minute sealed victory for Turkey.

Robin van Persie scored twice as the Netherlands finished their preparations by trouncing Northern Ireland 6-0 at the Amsterdam Arena. Other goals were scored by Afellay (2), Sneijder and Vlar. The Dutch lead 4-0 at the halftime break.

European Championship co-hosts Poland beat Andorra 4-0, Ludovic Obraniak opened the scoring and efforts from Robert Lewandowski and midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski made it 3-0 by the interval. Marcin Wasilewski added a fourth in the second half.

England beat Belgium 1-0 in an even encounter at Wembley with Danny Welbeck getting the only goal of the game in the first half.

Denmark defeated Australia 2-0 to round off their Euro 2012 preparations in style in front of their home fans in Copenhagen.

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