France shine, Germany moan and Ronaldo rattles Spain
International Friendly – France v Ukraine – Stade de France, Paris, France – October 7, 2020 France’s Eduardo Camavinga in action [REUTERS/Benoit Tessier]

?France’s 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine was the pick of the European friendlies on Wednesday night as Spain clung on for a draw in Lisbon and Turkey saved pride with a late goal against Germany in Cologne.

At the Stade de France, it was teenager Eduardo Camavinga and veteran Olivier Giroud inflicting much of the damage for Didier Deschamps’ world champions on Covid-19 hit Ukraine.

The 17-year-old Camavinga put himself on the map becoming the youngest man to score for France in over a century with an audacious overhead flick for the ninth-minute opener.

Deschamps made Giroud captain for his 100th appearance and in return the Chelsea forward scored a first-half brace that left him on 42 international goals, just nine short of Thiery Henry on 51.

“I’ll just carry on and see how far it goes,” said Giroud, 34.

France shine, Germany moan and Ronaldo rattles Spain
International Friendly – Portugal v Spain – Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal – October 7, 2020 Portugal’s Cristiano in action [REUTERS/Rafael Marchante]

PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso and Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann were also on the mark with fine strikes. 

Ukraine’s team had been so ravaged by injury and the coronavirus they included a 45-year-old coach as second ‘keeper for the night.

France shine, Germany moan and Ronaldo rattles Spain
International Friendly – Germany v Turkey – RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany – October 7, 2020 Germany’s Benjamin Henricks looks dejected after the match [REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen]

 

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