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Italy edge Bosnia as Germany and France stroll

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needed a late winner from to defeat a determined Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1 in Euro 2020 qualifying Tuesday, while and piled up the goals in lopsided victories.

fired Bosnia in front in Turin, but equalised shortly after half-time and Verratti curled home on 86 minutes to earn a fourth win in as many attempts for Roberto Mancini's side in Group J.

"I expected the difficulties, but we showed the strength and the conviction to overturn it," said Mancini.

"The important thing is that we are first in the group." World champions rebounded from last weekend's defeat in with a trouble-free 4-0 win away to minnows

"We reacted well after not playing to our usual level on Saturday against a good team. It looked easy today and the intensity wasn't the same but we played really well," said

He retained just four of those who began Saturday's 2-0 loss in Konya, handing first international starts to Kurt Zouma, and

Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with a chipped finish on 11 minutes, with and adding to their lead in the first half.

Zouma bundled home a fourth on the hour as France reclaimed top spot in Group H after beat 2-1 in to further sour the mood in the visiting camp. Turkish officials had denounced the "disrespect" shown to the team when they arrived in

Iceland, unhappy at being kept waiting for several hours at passport control at the airport and subjected to extensive security checks.

Two headers in the first half by centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson saw draw level on nine points with France as well as Turkey, for whom scored a consolation.

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made light work of as and fired them to a thundering 8-0 victory in Mainz.

Gnabry and Reus scored two goals each, with Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, and also on target, as Germany ran riot to seal a third win from three games in Group C.

Underdogs were helpless against a bright young Germany side who now appear to have left last year's woes far behind them.

"Opponents like this are not the benchmark for us," warned Reus. "It was important for us to get into a rhythm and get to know each other better on the pitch, but we have to stay realistic."

Joachim Loew's team are still playing catch-up to after Paddy McNair struck four minutes from the end in a 1-0 victory in

extended their perfect start to Group I with a 3-0 defeat of in

headed in an Eden Hazard cross on the of half-time and bagged a second early in the second half, with thumping home another at the death.

"This is a good victory and it is nice to be able to score," said Lukaku. "The team is getting better every time." followed up their 9-0 trouncing of San Marino with a much nervier win over that came courtesy of a single goal by Ryan Giggs's suffered back-to-back losses as Mate Patkai struck 10 minutes from time to earn a 1-0 victory in

The Hungarians, the only side to have played four games in Group E, are top on nine points, three clear of Slovakia, who were 5-1 winners in where scored twice.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 09:30 IST
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