The reigning world champions France kicked off their UEFA EURO 2020 campaign with a 4-1 win over Moldova on a day when England beat the Czech Republic.
Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane, and Olivier Giroud scored in the first half and Kylian Mbappe scored in the second half. Vladimir Ambros discounted for the home side one minute from time.
“The goal, in the end, doesn’t detract from our performance. We faced a potentially dangerous opponent but we did what we had to do,” said Didier Deschamps, France’s DT after the match.
In the other Group H matches, Iceland defeated Andorra 2-0 while Turkey beat Albania by the same scoreline.
In London, England had an overwhelming start to their campaign, beating the Czech Republic 5-0 with Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick in Group A.
Sterling opened the scoring on 23 minutes when Jadon Sancho set up a pass, and Harry Kane extended the penalty lead to 30.
The Manchester City striker scored twice more in the second half, at 60 and 67 minutes.
In Lisbon, defending champion Portugal could not get past 0-0 against Ukraine through Group B, in Cristiano Ronaldo’s first match with the national team since World Cup 2018.
Veteran Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov kept the Portuguese side at bay with several big saves for much of the match, although closer to the end the home side ran out of ideas.
Pyatov drowned William Carvalho, Pepe and twice Ronaldo.