However, his tenure started with a defeat as goals from Martial and Giroud, either side of Graziano Pelle’s clever turn and finish, and Kurzawa’s second-half effort were enough to hand Les Bleus victory in Bari.
It was a morale-boosting win for France following their agonising defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 on home soil.
Two goals from David Silva, a neat finish in the first half and a penalty in the second, earned new Spain boss Julen Lopetegui a winning start to his reign.
Former Everton manager Martinez replaced Marc Wilmots after Belgium’s disappointing quarter-final exit at Euro 2016, but his side were booed on numerous occasions by the home fans.
Holland’s bid to put the ignominy of even failing to reach the Euros behind them emphatically failed as they lost 2-1 at home to Greece.
Goals from Konstantinos Mitroglou and Giannis Gianniotas turned the game on its head after Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener in Eindhoven as defeat turned up the heat on Holland boss Danny Blind.
Euro 2016 champions Portugal thumped minnows Gibraltar 5-0. Nani scored twice, with Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and Pepe also on target.