Spain and Portugal draw, Italy rampant

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Spain and Portugal have played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in a warm-up friendly ahead of this month's European Championship.

In the first international game with fans in Spain since COVID-19 pandemic, the 15,000 in attendance thought they had seen Spain fall behind after 23 minutes but Jose Fonte's looping header was ruled out for a foul on Pau Torres.

A nervy Unai Simon then saw a clearance charged down by Cristiano Ronaldo, but the ball ricocheted straight back to the Athletic Bilbao stopper.

After struggling early on, the hosts were much better after the restart, with Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia both missing chances.

Portugal were indebted to keeper Rui Patricio, who denied Ferran Torres from close range with two minutes remaining, before Morata hit the bar in stoppage time as Luis Enrique's side pushed for a late winner to no avail.

Spain face Lithuania in their final warm-up friendly fixture on Tuesday, while Portugal host Israel on Wednesday before they start the defence of their Euro title.

Meanwhile, Italy were convincing in their 4-0 warm-up win over the Czech Republic.

Ciro Immobile provided Italy's opener in the 23rd minute when the Lazio forward controlled a loose ball and fired it in with his right foot.

Nicolo Barella doubled the lead three minutes before half-time with a shot that took a deflection off a defender before finding the net.

Immobile set up Lorenzo Insigne to make it 3-0 in the 66th before Domenico Berardi added a fourth.

Roberto Mancini's Italy faces Switzerland, Turkey and Wales in Group A at Euro 2020 while the Czechs are in Group D with England, Croatia and Scotland.

Earlier, Finland lost 1-0 to Estonia in their final friendly in Helsinki but the return of Teemu Pukki from injury took the sting out of the result, with the striker looking fresh in a half-hour substitute appearance.

The 31-year-old, who netted 10 goals in qualifying, damaged ankle ligaments while playing for his club Norwich City a month ago, and Finnish fans were hoping he will be fit in time for the Euros.

Rauno Sappinen put Estonia ahead from the penalty spot in the 59th minute before Pukki came on for Joel Pohjanpalo, and though he injected energy into the Finnish forward line the visitors held on to win.

Playing in the finals of a major tournament for the first time, the Finns travel to Copenhagen to play Denmark in their Group B opener on June 12, before taking on Russia and Belgium in St Petersburg.