International round-up: Low and Del Bosque have thinking to do


Germany and the European champions Spain put their reserves to the test as they both continued their preparations for the finals and Joachim Löw and Vicente del Bosque have problems, although differing ones.

Löw saw his makeshift side given a torrid time by an eager Swiss outfit who secured a 5-3 victory, thanks to Eren Derdiyok's hat-trick. Germany, without eight Bayern Munich players, were poor in defence, lacked their usual spark in attack and passed sloppily. Mats Hummels, André Schurrle and Marco Reus scored for Germany but Löw, who will announce his final squad next week, admitted: "We made far too many mistakes."

For Del Bosque, the problem is a much happier one. Without David Villa, who will not recover from his broken leg in time, he also had no Barcelona players, who were winning the Spanish Cup 3-0 against Athletic Bilbao. Pedro, who is keen to press for a starting place, scored twice in that game.

One of those given a chance by Del Bosque was Adrian Lopez. He came on for the second half and within 18 minutes had found a way through Serbia's massed defence, heading in a cross by Jesus Navas, to set Spain on their way to a 2-0 victory. Until that point the Serbs, under Sinisa Mihajlovic for the first time, had made Spain struggle to find a rhythm. Lopez further endeared himself to Del Bosque by winning the penalty with which Santi Cazorla wrapped up victory.

Roberto Soldado and Alvaro Negredo were also given a chance to show what they could produce, but neither managed to produce their best work.

Del Bosque will name his final 23-man squad today. "It's always good to have new players, it gives us more depth to our squad," Del Bosque said. "Adrian did very well, as did the rest of the players. We'll try to be fair when we make the decision."

Attack may be the best form of defence for Holland after their coach, Bert van Marwijk, turned to an 18-year-old newcomer, Jetro Willems, to fill the troublesome left-back position.

Van Marwijk can call on the leading scorers in the Premier League, Arsenal's Robin van Persie, and in the Bundesliga, Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and has a host of star names in midfield, but his defence is seen as a frail unit to put up against Portugal, Germany and Denmark in the group stage.

Van Persie, who has struggled to make his mark on major tournaments in the past, scored yet again, giving Holland the lead just before half-time. But Bulgaria equalised from the penalty spot through Ivelin Popov five minutes after the restart, and secured a 2-1 victory with a winner in the last minute from Iliyan Mitsanski.

Denmark, who play in Germany's group, were beaten 3-1 in Hamburg by Brazil, for whom Hulk scored twice and created the other goal. The Danes were error-prone and their coach Morten Olsen will no doubt be reviewing their defensive operation after his players were responsible for their own downfall by gifting the ball to Brazil for each of their three first half goals. Nicklas Bendtner scored for Denmark.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific