Benzema injury in France warm-up win

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Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score twice in France's 3-0 friendly win over Bulgaria after Karim Benzema hobbled off to give Didier Deschamps an injury worry for the European Championship.

After Antoine Griezmann put France in front midway through the first half with a deflected bicycle kick, Benzema was replaced with 41 minutes gone after taking a blow to his right leg - one week before their opening fixture against Germany.

"It's a knock on the knee, which also affects the muscle. He felt he was getting stiff so he asked to be subbed," Deschamps told TF1.

"The medical staff are taking care of him."

But Giroud made the most of his opportunity as he scored twice in the last 10 minutes to put a gloss on the scoreline in France's final match before the tournament begins.

France open their Euro campaign against Germany in Munich next Tuesday before taking on Hungary and European champions Portugal in Group F.

The game was attended by 5,000 fans almost eight months after Les Bleus last played in front of a crowd versus Portugal.

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With the Euros squad in isolation after Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVIC-19, the under-21s stepped in to offer some cause for celebration.

Hugo Guillamon and Brahim Diaz had Spain 2-0 to the good by the break, with Juan Miranda and Javier Puado adding to the score in the second half.

Second-half goals from Lukas Masopust and Ondrej Celustka fired Czech Republic to a 3-1 win over Albania.

Scotland's opening opponents took the lead through Patrik Schick's volley, but a stunning strike from Sokol Cikalleshi brought Albania level three minutes before the break.

The Republic of Ireland managed to frustrate Hungary, whose final warm-up game for the Euros ended in a 0-0 draw against Stephen Kenny's side.

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