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Wednesday, 28 March 2017 : Republic of Iceland 0 – 1 Iceland

Hordur Magnusson’s superb 21st-minute free-kick secured victory as Iceland bossed the first half and then dealt with the Republic’s second-half rally.

Preston’s Daryl Horgan was the pick of the Republic’s four debutants.

John Egan and Conor Hourihane both started, with Horgan’s Preston team-mate Andy Boyle used off the bench.

Netherlands 1 – 2 Italy

The Dutch, led by interim manager Fred Grim, went ahead as Quincy Promes’ deflected shot wrong-footed 18-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

But the visitors responded almost immediately as Eder drove in a low strike to level.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci pounced on Jeroen Zoet’s handling error to give Italy victory in the friendly.

The Azzurri are second in their World Cup qualifying group, level on points with leaders Spain.

The Netherlands, though, slumped to fourth in their group following Saturday’s defeat against Bulgaria.

Blind was dismissed after the match, with ex-Ajax goalkeeper Grim put in charge until a full-time replacement is found.

Portugal 2 – 3  Sweden

Portugal led through Ronaldo’s 71st international strike and an Andreas Granqvist own goal.

But a Viktor Claesson double and Cavaco Cancelo’s injury-time own goal secured a remarkable turnaround for the Swedes.

Ronaldo is expected to attend a naming ceremony at the airport on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid star, who captained his country to become European champions last year, was born in the Madeira capital of Funchal before joining Sporting Lisbon and then Manchester United.

Some local politicians had opposed the decision to change the name of Madeira Airport to Cristiano Ronaldo Airport.

Funchal already has a Ronaldo statue and museum, as well as a hotel complex in honour of the Portugal captain.

This was his first appearance for Portugal on his home island, where he paraded the European Championship trophy before kick-off.

But the celebration was somewhat tarnished by a superb Sweden comeback, earning them a third consecutive international win.

Both sides are second in their respective World Cup qualifying groups at the midway point.

France 0 – 2 Spain

France striker Antoine Griezmann had a goal ruled out by a video assistant referee for offside.

And Spain’s second goal, scored by Gerard Deulofeu, was awarded by the video official after an assistant referee wrongly flagged for offside.

David Silva opened the scoring for Spain with a penalty after Laurent Koscielny fouled Deulofeu.

Griezmann had earlier had a headed goal ruled out when referee Felix Zwayer reversed his initial decision after receiving a message in his earpiece from the video assistant referee, who was sat in a truck outside the Stade de France.

Replays showed Layvin Kurzawa was narrowly offside when he headed the ball to Griezmann, with the decision to overturn the goal made in about 30 seconds.

Deulofeu’s goal – from a Jordi Alba cross – was awarded after a conversation between the referee and the video assistant that lasted about a minute.

Video assistant technology was first used in September, in France’s 3-1 friendly win in Italy.

Source : Internet

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