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Update European Friendlies: France, Italy secure big wins; Germany held at 3-3 by Turkey

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France and Italy celebrated notable achievements on opposite ends of the age spectrum on Wednesday as both teams earned big wins in friendly games.

The 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga became France's youngest scorer in more than 100 years after making his first start for the national team, netting the opening goal in a 7-1 rout of Ukraine in Paris.

The 33-year-old Francesco Caputo became the oldest player to score on his debut for Italy when he grabbed the second goal in a 6-0 win over Moldova in Florence.

The Sassuolo forward broke the record held by Leonardo Pavoletti, who was 30 when he scored in a European Championship qualifier against Liechtenstein last year.

Caputo almost got a second goal, too, but Moldova defender Veaceslav Posmac converted into his own net as he tried to clear.

Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice while Bryan Cristante and Domenico Berardi also netted their first international goals for Italy, which was 5-0 up at the break after a first-half onslaught.

Roberto Mancini fielded an experimental Italy side ahead of the Nations League matches against Poland and the Netherlands on Oct. 11 and 14.

At Stade de France, Olivier Giroud scored twice on his 100th appearance to take his tally to 42 goals, one more than French great Michel Platini and just nine behind France’s all-time top-scorer Thierry Henry.

Camavinga opened the scoring with an acrobatic left-footed strike from outside the box into the top corner. He became the second youngest player to score for France, at 17 years, 11 months. Maurice Gastiger was just six months younger when he scored against Switzerland on March, 8, 1914.

Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann also netted for France, while Vitaliy Mykolenko scored an own goal for a Ukraine side depleted by coronavirus cases and injuries. Viktor Tsygankov scored the visitors’ consolation early in the second half.


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