A busy night of international soccer friendlies ahead of Euro 2016 resulted in wins for tournament hosts France, world champions German...
A busy night of international soccer friendlies ahead of Euro 2016 resulted in wins for tournament hosts France, world champions Germany and goal-happy Croatia - but a defeat for fellow finalists Austria.
France - who will face Romania on Friday in the Euro opening game - downed Scotland 3-0, with a first-half brace from Olivier Giroud and a goal from defender Laurent Koscielny.
France eased up in the second half as coach Didier Deschamps made several changes to his starting lineup.
|France trio of Rami,Pogba and Giroud celebrate with Laurient Kosicelny|
The game was accompanied by massive security precautions, in a dress rehearsal for a tournament that has been threatened by the Islamic State organisation and other international terrorist groups.
Earlier on Saturday, Germany warmed up for the Euros with a 2-0 home defeat of Hungary on an Adam Lang own goal and a second score from Thomas Mueller.
|Mueller is congratulated by his team mates|
Mario Gotze, who forced Lang to score at the wrong end, and Toni Kroos, an assured presence in midfield, both impressed for Germany. The win restored the optimism of the world champions and took away the bad taste of last week's surprise 3-1 defeat at home to Slovakia.
Later on Saturday, Croatia flexed their muscles with a 10-0 slaughter of feeble San Marino, with a hat-trick by Mario Mandzukic followed by a brace from Nikola Kalinic. The other goals came from Srna, Ivan Perisic, Ivan Rakitic and Marko Pjaca.
|Mandzukic and Perisic both scored in the emphatic victory for Croatia|
Midfielder Luka Modric pulled the strings while captain Darijo Srna bagged three assists with darting runs down the right flank.
Also Saturday, Austria - who have been absent from football's big stages since 1998 - crashed 2-0 at home to fallen giants Netherlands, who are the big absentee from the finals with goals from Jansen and Wijnaldum, while Slovakia were held 0-0 by defiant Northern Ireland.