ROME: Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa were on target as France inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Italy in Giampiero Ventura’s first match in charge of the Azzurri.

Ventura, appointed as new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s successor, said in the build-up to this pre-World Cup qualifying friendly that he hoped it was “the beginning of something productive”.

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.

Roberto Martinez’s first match as Belgium coach ended in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Spain in Brussels.

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.