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The friendly international match between Portugal and Spain ended in 0-0 on Wednesday. France humiliated Ukraine 7-1 and Italy, opponent of Orange in the Nations League, also scored many goals against Moldova (6-0).

Caputo oldest scoring debutant for Italy

In Lisbon, European champions Portugal and Spain did not score. Before half-time, Spain was the better team, but Portugal had the greatest opportunities in the second half. Cristiano Ronaldo was close to his 102nd international goal shortly after the break, but he hit the bar with the left rock hard.

A few minutes later, Renato Sanches shot at the bottom of the crossbar on a pass from Ronaldo. The ball bounced off the goal line and then came back into the field.

France was far too strong for Ukraine in the Stade de France in Paris with 7-1. At his first starting place, Eduardo Camavinga became the second youngest ever goalscorer for his country at 17 years and 11 months. Only Maurice Gastiger was half a year younger in 1914 when he scored.

Olivier Giroud played his 100th international match and accounted for two of the seven hits. The 34-year-old striker thus comes to 42 international hits and passes legend Michel Platini (41 goals) on the eternal top scorers list in France. Only Thierry Henry (51) scored more goals than Giroud.

It was a special evening for Eduardo Camavinga (left) and Olivier Giroud (number 9) in France. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Italy, which will receive the Orange squad next Wednesday in the Nations League, had a smooth preparation against Moldova: 6-0. At half time it was already 5-0, partly thanks to two hits from Stephan El Shaarawy.

It was an unforgettable evening for Francesco Caputo. Sassuolo’s 33-year-old forward became the oldest scoring debutant ever for Italy.

Francesco Caputo scored on his debut for Italy. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Germany did not pass Turkey in Cologne: 3-3. Julian Draxler, debutant Florian Neuhaus and Gian-Luca Waldschmidt scored for the Germans.

Turkey came to the same level three times thanks to Ozan Tufan, Efecan Karaca and Kenan Karaman. Feyenoorder Orkun Kökçü sat on the bench for ninety minutes and therefore remains on one international match.

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