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Germany fail first test

sports Updated: May 28, 2012 01:06 IST

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With the European Championship less than two weeks away, Spain showed they are in good shape to defend the title by beating Serbia 2-0 in their first friendly game.

It wasn't such a successful night for two more of the continent's heavyweight sides, however, with a Germany team minus its Bayern Munich stars losing 5-3 in Switzerland and the Netherlands losing 2-1 to Bulgaria. Germany and the Netherlands are in the same Euro 2012 group, along with Portugal, which drew 0-0 with Macedonia, and Denmark, who were beaten 3-1 by Brazil.

But Roy Hodgson began his reign as England manager with a 1-0 victory at Norway.

LOPEZ MAKES HIS CASE

Adrian Lopez made a case for starting up front for the Spanish at the Euros in place of the injured David Villa by opening the scoring in the 64th minute on his international debut, before earning the penalty that was converted by Santi Cazorla 16 minutes from time.

SWISS SOAR TO VICTORY

Germany rested their Bayern players who were involved in the loss to Chelsea in last weekend's Champions League final and were made to pay as Eren Derdiyok scored a hat trick in Basel.