Just four European international friendly matches took place on Thursday evening, with Greece overcoming the Netherlands as Spain saw off Belgium, while European Champions Portugal smashed lowly Gibraltar and France edged Italy away from home.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum kicked off the scorning on 14 minutes for the Netherlands at the Philips Stadion in the 2-1 victory for Greece before Benfica’s Kostas Mitroglou found a 29th-minute equaliser.
And despite Danny Blind’s side dominating large chunks of this tie it was Giannis Gianniotas who bagged the all-important winner for the Euro 2004 champions with 74 minutes played, when he fired home the rebound after Mitroglou’s shot was saved by Jeroen Zoet.
David Silva was the hero Spain with his two goals in their 2-0 win over Belgium, the first of which he slotted home on 34 minutes as he latched onto a touch from Diego Costa after Vitolo had raced into the penalty area, before finding his compatriot.
Silva then netted a 62nd-minute penalty after Romelu Lukaku had upended Vitolo in the box.
A resurgent Nani, meanwhile, got Portugal up and running in their 5-0 win over Gibraltar when he scored with 27 minutes on the clock.
The 183rd ranked team had done well to restrict their opponents to just one goal at half-time, but it was a different scenario after the break as Nani added a second on 55 minus before three goals in quick succession from Joao Cancelo (73′), Bernardo Silva (76′) and Pepe (79′).
And defender Layvin Kurzawa netted the winner for France in their 3-1 win over Italy after slotting home a Paul Pogba pass on 81 minutes. Graziano Pelle’s 21st-minute equaliser had cancelled out an opener on 17 minutes from Manchester United winger Anthony Martial, also supplied by Pogba, before Olivier Giroud added a second for Didier Deschamps’ side on 28 minutes.
All the results in full:
Netherlands 1-2 Greece
Belgium 0-2 Spain
Portugal 5-0 Gibraltar