Russia Run Ragged, Dutch Storm Back

APFrance's Franck Ribery sending England goalkeeper David James the wrong way from the penalty spot to score his side's winner in Wednesday's friendly.
BELGRADE -- Romania dispatched Russia 3-0, the Netherlands staged a remarkable comeback to win 4-3 in Austria, and European champion Greece beat Portugal 2-1, as all 16 Euro 2008 finalists contested friendlies Wednesday.

England midfielder David Beckham will not have happy memories of his 100th international appearance after Fabio Capello's side, which did not qualify for the June tournament, suffered a 1-0 defeat to France in Paris.

In Bucharest, Romania attacked from the outset but had to wait until the 45th minute to take the lead through Ciprian Marica. Daniel Niculae doubled the lead in the 62nd, and Marius Niculae headed in the third in the 75th.

Russia coach Guus Hiddink said his team had been "naive" and "foolish" in defense, adding that the pace of Romania's game was faster because more of its players are at big European clubs.

The Dutch needed two late goals to beat Euro 2008 co-host Austria, having been down 3-0 after 35 minutes.

Andreas Ivanschitz and a Sebastian Proedl brace put the Austrians 3-0 up, before Klaas Jan Huntelaar and John Heitinga replied for the Dutch. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink grabbed an 82nd-minute equalizer before Huntelaar completed the comeback with four minutes left on the clock.

England, looking for its first win over France in Paris since 1949, was fortunate not to concede more goals after a solid first half performance.

Bayern midfielder Franck Ribery steered in a 32nd-minute penalty after David James had brought down Nicolas Anelka and contributed to Beckham's 38th-minute booking after the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder pulled his shirt.

Greece, which beat Euro 2004 host Portugal in the event's opening match and the final, upset its more heralded rivals again thanks to a Georgos Karagounis brace.

The former Benfica midfielder rifled in two superb free kicks in D?sseldorf, Germany, before Nuno Gomes pulled one back for an understrength Portuguese side.

Germany, which won its last international honor at Euro 1996 in England, strolled to a 4-0 win over neighbors and Euro 2008 co-host Switzerland.

Mario Gomes scored two goals for Germany in Basel either side of Miroslav Klose's opener and an 88th-minute effort by Lukas Podolski as all three strikers found the back of the net for the visitors.

In Elche, Spain, David Villa's spectacular volley earned Spain a 1-0 win over world champion Italy, which created the better chances despite Spain enjoying the lion's share of possession.

The Valencia striker, who replaced Fernando Torres at halftime, fired the ball past a helpless Gianluigi Buffon 13 minutes from time after Fabio Cannavaro had headed the ball clear.

In Wednesday's other friendlies, it was: Scotland 1, Croatia 1; Brazil 1, Sweden 0; Andorra 0, Latvia 3; Belgium 1, Morocco 4; Bosnia-Herzegovina 2, Macedonia 2; Bulgaria 2, Finland 1; Egypt 0, Argentina 2; Estonia 2, Canada 0; Hungary 0, Slovenia 1; Israel 1, Chile 0; Lithuania 1, Azerbaijan 0; Luxembourg 0, Wales 2; Malta 7, Liechtenstein 1; Montenegro 3, Norway 1; Belarus 2, Turkey 2; Denmark 1, Czech Republic 1; Northern Ireland 4, Georgia 1; Poland 0, United States 3; Slovakia 1, Iceland 2; South Africa 3, Paraguay 0; Ukraine 2, Serbia 0; Tunisia 2, Ivory Coast 0; Mexico 2, Ghana 1; Armenia 1, Kazakhstan 0.