CROATIA ON SONG, HAZARD NETS
Croatia began their Euro 2012 preparations in earnest with a solid 3-1 friendly victory over Estonia in Rijeka.
Vedran Corluka opened the scoring for the hosts after 16 minutes while Nikola Kalinic added a second four minutes later.
Ognjen Vukojevic made it 3-0 in the 81st minute while Konstantin Vasillev restored some respectability to the scoreline for Estonia late on when he netted with a deflected free-kick.
Croatia, who have another warm-up game against Norway next week, open their Euro 2012 Group C account against the Republic of Ireland on June 10 before games against Spain and Italy.
In Moscow, Russia played out a 1-1 draw against World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay in their opening European Championships tune-up.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez opened the scoring for the South American visitors in the 48th minute but Russia substitute Alexander Kerzhakov levelled moments later.
Further Euro 2012 warm-ups follow against Latvia and Italy before Russia commence their Group A campaign against Greece, the Czech Republic and co-hosts Poland.
In Friday night's other friendly involving European sides, in-demand forward Eden Hazard was on target as Belgium drew 2-2 with Montenegro in Brussels.
Hazard is poised to leave French club Lille for an expensive transfer to the Barclays Premier League, where he has been coveted by several clubs, believed to be Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
The 21-year-old fired Belgium into a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot after Mirko Vucinic's opener for Montenegro had been cancelled out by Kevin Mirallas, but Nikola Drincic's 76th-minute leveller meant it ended honours even.
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