Croatia and Romania warmed up for Euro 2016 in good style Wednesday, with home defeats of minnows Israel and Lithuania in attractive friendly international games.
Croatia beat Israel 2-0; Romania edged Lithuania 1-0.
Ivan Perisic gave Croatia the lead against Israel in the fourth minute with a powerful high left-foot drive. Marcelo Brozovic made it 2-0 in the 34th minute with another left-foot shot after more good work by the impressive Perisic.
Croatia lost their rhythm in the second half as coach Ante Cacic brought on several reserves. However, Israel - who failed to qualify for the Euros - didn't manage to take advantage of the hosts' loss of cohesion.
"We were very effective in the first half and should really have scored more goals," said man-of-the-match Perisic.
"We seemed to lose our way a little bit in the second half ... Even so, this was a useful preparation match for us, against good opponents."
The game was played under heavy security as a result of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in Brussels.
Croatia have been drawn into Group D at the Euros, along with holders Spain, Czech Republic and Turkey.
Later on, Romania beat Lithuania thanks to a solitary goal from Nicolae Stanciu.
Stanciu struck in the 65th minute with a low drive from just outside the penalty area. Previously, Lithuania keeper Emilis Zubas had kept Romania at bay with a string of sharp saves.
Romania will face hosts France in the opening match of Euro 2016 in Group A, which also contains Switzerland and Albania.
Also Wednesday, Slovenia edged Macedonia 1-0 thanks to a goal on the hour from Roman Bezjak, who broke the deadlock with a handsome low left-foot drive.
Slovenia narrowly missed out on qualification for the Euros, losing in the play-offs to Ukraine.
Later Wednesday, Gibraltar were to face Liechtenstein and Poland were to take on Serbia.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 20:17