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Torres strikes, Dutch injuries

Spain, Sweden and Netherlands win Euro warm-up matches

ESPN staff

Wesley Sneijder, Stijn Schaars and Ibrahim Afellay celebrate the opening goal

Netherlands suffered two injury scares ahead of Euro 2012 as defender Wilfred Bouma and playmaker Wesley Sneijder were forced off during a 2-0 victory over Slovakia in Rotterdam.

PSV Eindhoven centre-back Bouma had to be substituted after a clash of heads with team-mate Johnny Heitinga, while Sneijder left the pitch in the 51st minute following a knock on his ankle.

Despite the Netherlands seeking a confidence-boosting win after defeats to Bayern Munich and Bulgaria, manager Bert van Marwijk decided not want to risk Sneijder any further with his side already 1-0 up.

Ibrahim Afellay helped to the Dutch in front after seven minutes when the Barcelona forward, who returned to action only last month after a serious knee injury, produced a tricky run along the left and his low cross prompted Slovakia defender Kornel Salata to put the ball into his own goal.

Rafael van der Vaart doubled his side's lead after 75 minutes with a precise low right-footed shot from 15 yards across goalkeeper Jan Mucha and into the left corner.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scored on his return to the international fold as Spain continued their preparations for Euro 2012 with an impressive 4-1 win over South Korea in Bern, Switzerland.

Manager Vicente del Bosque handed Torres his first start since August last year as one of seven changes from the side that started Saturday's 2-0 win over Serbia.

The Champions League winner responded by scoring the opening goal with a neatly flicked header from Benat Etxebarria's fine cross. However, a wonder strike from Kim Do-Heon brought the Koreans level two minutes before half-time.

Xabi Alonso quickly restored the reigning World and European champions lead after the break from the penalty spot after Choi Hyo-Jin handled Nacho Monreal's shot and Santi Cazorla's clever free-kick extended their advantage four minutes later.

Del Bosque then made a raft of substitutions and two of the replacements combined for the fourth with 11 minutes remaining as Roberto Soldado's through-ball was smashed home by Alvaro Negredo.

Spain play China in a final preparation match on Sunday in Seville, when Del Bosque will also be able to call upon the nine players in his 23-man squad from Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao for the first time ahead of the tournament.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a fantastic opening goal and set up the second as Sweden held on for a 3-2 victory in the friendly match against Iceland at the Ullevi stadium.

AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock in the second minute before teeing up Ola Toivonen 12 minutes later. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson narrowed the deficit in the 27th minute and although Christian Wilhelmsson restored the two-goal advantage, Hallgrimur Jonasson's stoppage-time strike ensured a nervy finale.


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