Teenager Kean stars for Italy in easy win over Finland
Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland.
Spain was not at its clinical best in Valencia, but got its Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset.
Italy got off to a flying start in Udine, as Nicolo Barella gave it a seventh-minute lead with his maiden international goal.
The 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder hammered home a low volley after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Finnish defence.
The day belonged to Kean, though, as he slotted in the second with 16 minutes to play to mark his full debut in style.
Group D: Georgia 0 lost to Switzerland 2 (Zuber 57, Zakaria 80); Gibraltar 0 lost to Republic of Ireland 1 (Hendrick 49).
Group F: Malta 2 (Nwoko 13, Borg 77-pen) bt Faroe Islands 1 (Thomsen 90+8); Sweden 2 (Quaison 33, Claesson 40) bt Romania 1 (Keseru 58); Spain 2 (Rodrigo 16, Ramos 71-pen) bt Norway 1 (King 65-pen).
Group J: Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 (Krunic 33, Milosevic 80) bt Armenia 1 (Mkhitaryan 90+3-pen); Italy 2 (Barella 7, Kean 74) bt Finland 0; Liechtenstein 0 lost to Greece 2 (Fortounis 45+1, Donis 80).