PARIS: France strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win over Luxembourg in a pre-Euro 2024 friendly in Metz thanks to goals by Randal Kolo Muani, Jonathan Clauss and Kylian Mbappe.

In other friendlies Belgium beat Montenegro 2-0, Denmark beat Sweden 2-1and Spain drew 1-1 with Andorra.

Kolo Muani put France in front just before the break, heading in from a precise Mbappe pass, before Clauss’s thunderous strike from outside the box doubled the advantage in the 70th minute and Mbappe sealed the win with a low, first-time shot.

France play Canada on Sunday in Bordeaux in their last warm-up match before Euro 2024 starts on June 14.

France face Austria on June 17 before playing the Netherlands on June 21 and Poland four days later.

Belgium win

Kevin De Bruyne scored to mark his 100th cap for Belgium and set his country on their way to a 2-0 win over Montenegro in Brussels in the first of two friendlies before they head to the European Championship.

The Belgium captain stroked home a long range shot a minute before halftime to hand his side the lead after the goalkeeper was caught in no-man’s land after a defensive mix-up.

It was a cruel blow to English-born Matija Sarkic, who had kept a quick-paced Belgium attack at bay for almost the entire half with a remarkable series of saves, notably from Yannick Carrasco, who had four clear chances to open the scoring but was denied each time.

Leandro Trossard tucked away a penalty with the last kick of the game to double the scoreline at the death.

A back pass in the 44th minute forced Sarkic, who plays for Millwall, out of his box to try and clear but Lois Openda got in a challenge and the ball spilt for De Bruyne to side foot it home from distance to mark his milestone game.

Sarkic made another brilliant stop after the break as a deflected shot from Belgian debutant Maxim De Cuyper looked to be creeping into the corner but he flung a hand at it to push it around the post.

Montenegro might have snatched an equaliser on the break through Milutin Osmajic, who exposed the lack of speed of the returning 35-year-old Axel Witsel, playing his first game for Belgium since coming out of international retirement.

Osmajic’s effort on the hour mark was, however, saved by Belgium goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Montenegro might have kept the scoreline to a respectable single strike but had a late meltdown with Milos Brnovic sent off for a second caution in the 88th minute before substitute Stefan Mugosa tripped Jeremy Doku to concede the late penalty.

Doku, Lois Openda and Trossard argued over who was to take it before the latter stuck it away.

De Bruyne went off after the first half as Belgium rung the changes in a bid to try to give as many players as possible a run out before their first game at Euro 2024.

They will have a second warm-up friendly against Luxembourg in Brussels on Saturday before heading to Germany next week.

Belgium’s opening match at Euro 2024 is a Group E clash against Slovakia in Frankfurt on June 17. They also face Romania and Ukraine.

Eriksen at his best

Christian Eriksen scored a stunning late winner to give Denmark a 2-1 victory over Sweden in a lively pre-Euro 2024 friendly at a sold-out Parken stadium on Wednesday, cementing his spot as the Danes’ most potent creative force ahead of the tournament in Germany.

It took just over a minute for the home side to break the deadlock as Sweden’s defence was caught napping at the game’s first corner, and Eriksen found Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at the near post for an easy finish.

With the red-clad fans expecting that to be the beginning of an onslaught, the Swedes struck back quickly through Alexander Isak, who collected a blocked shot from Jens Cajuste and slammed it past Frederik Ronnow in the Danish goal seven minutes later.

The 32-year-old Eriksen, who collapsed due to a heart attack on the same pitch in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland, pulled the strings throughout, and his curling, dipping strike in the 86th minute gave the Danes a well-deserved win.

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Sweden’s Danish coach Jon Dahl Tomasson was inducted into the Danish football Hall Of Fame ahead of kickoff, and his side defended well but faltered in attack, with Isak and Dejan Kulusevski often crowded out by the Danish defence.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand gave credit to Tomasson for his work so far with Sweden, who failed to qualify for the Euros under previous coach Janne Andersson, opening the door for the Dane to take over.

“(They play) an incredibly aggressive man-to-man game. I think in general we gave away too many turnovers in the first half, and they got chances they shouldn’t have gotten,” Hjulmand told broadcaster TV2.

“We should have scored a little more … we must look at the opportunities Sweden got, because we must not give them chances,” he added.

A delighted Eriksen was almost happier for the assist for the opening goal than he was for scoring the winner, having come in for some criticism for a string of poor set pieces in qualifying.

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