Finland stun France, Dutch draw with Spain

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Finland scored twice within three minutes to claim a stunning 2-0 victory against world champions France in their friendly international in Paris on Wednesday.

France dominated early with debutant Marcus Thuram heading against the crossbar and aiming high, but Marcus Forss opened the scoring on the other end against the flow of play in the 28th minute.

Onni Valakari then smashed the second into the top left corner in the 31st minute to rock the French.

The hosts failed to come back after the break in the empty Stade de France as they lost for the first time against the Finns, who have improved vastly and will play at their first big event in next year's European championships.

Elsewhere, European champions Portugal trounced minnows Andorra 7-0 with Cristiano Ronaldo among the scorers, the Netherlands and Spain drew 1-1, Italy beat Estonia 4-0, Germany defeated the Czech Republic 1-0, and Belgium prevailed 2-1 over Switzerland.

Earlier, World Cup runners-up Croatia were held to a 3-3 draw in a friendly international in Turkey, with the last three goals coming within five minutes shortly after the restart in Istanbul.

Josip Brekalo set up Mario Pasalic for a second equaliser of the match in the 53rd and then made it 3-2 himself three minutes later.

But Turkey salvaged a draw from Cengiz Under in the 58th.

In other early action, Ionut Nedelcearu scored a brace as Romania raced off to a 5-0 lead in a 5-3 win over Belarus, Bulgaria trounced Gibraltar 3-0, Greece beat Cyprus 2-1and Albania also won 2-1 over Kosovo.

The match between Norway and Israel was cancelled by the hosts over coronavirus fears after Israel player Munas Dabbur tested positive.