Spain claimed a 3-1 victory in an entertaining friendly encounter with Uruguay in Qatar.
Cesc Fabregas gave Spain the lead as Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera flapped hopelessly at his long-distance strike, but Cristian Rodriguez levelled the scores after 32 minutes.
Spain triumphed, though, through two second-half goals from Pedro Rodriguez - the second courtesy of a superb Fabregas assist.
Germany came from behind to beat France for the first time since 1987, winning 2-1 in Paris.
Mathieu Valbuena provided the finishing touch to a dramatic, action-packed first half when he put Les Bleus in front, but Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira turned the tables in the second 45 minutes as Germany started the year with a win. Although Germany's second goal should have been ruled out for offside, they had arguably done enough to celebrate a win in the French capital.
Substitute Marco Verratti spared Italy from a sixth consecutive friendly defeat by restricting Netherlands to a 1-1 draw with a last-gasp goal at the Amsterdam ArenA.
Cesare Prandelli's Azzurri offered precious little in attack before the break, leaving Gianluigi Buffon to single-handedly keep a dynamic Dutch side at bay, with only Jeremain Lens breaking the Juventus goalkeeper's resolve.
Italy rallied in the second half thanks to the introduction of Pablo Osvaldo, Alberto Gilardino and Verratti, with the latter two combining to produce the equaliser.
Argentina, meanwhile, were 3-2 winners at Sweden in a match that produced an action-packed start, with four goals in the opening 23 minutes.
An own goal from Mikael Lustig put Argentina ahead in the third minute, but West Brom defender Jonas Olsson drew Sweden level in the 17th. Two goals in four minutes from Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain soon afterwards earned the South Americans the victory, with Rasmus Elm's late strike nothing more than a consolation.
Frank Lampard's second-half strike earned England their first win over Brazil for 23 years, a 2-1 success in the friendly international at Wembley.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart denied Ronaldinho a goal on his 100th appearance for Brazil with a double save from his spot-kick after man of the match Jack Wilshere was adjudged to have handled.
Wayne Rooney scored his 33rd goal for his country before half-time and, after Fred had equalised early in the second period, Lampard struck his 27th goal for the Three Lions to settle the issue.
Portugal were beaten 3-2 by Ecuador in Guimaraes, going behind after only two minutes when Antonio Valencia finished off a quick counter-attack, but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled brilliantly, juggling the ball inside the area before volleying home after 23.
Helder Postiga put Portugal ahead on the hour, but Joao Pereira's wayward backpass went past his own goalkeeper to level the scores within seconds. And with 20 minutes remaining, Felipe Caicedo lashed a shot into the top corner for the winner.
A late goal helped Belgium to a 2-1 win over Slovakia. Dries Mertens netted a 90th-minute winner for the Belgians, three minutes after Slovakia's Ricaard Lasik had levelled up an early penalty by Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard.
Croatia beat South Korea 4-0 at Craven Cottage. Mario Mandzukic headed the opener before Darijo Srna, winning his 100th cap, doubled the advantage. Nikica Jelavic made it three before Mladen Petric rounded off the scoring on his home ground.
Japan eased to a 3-0 victory over Latvia in Kobe as forward Shinji Okazaki netted a brace, with Keisuke Honda also on target for the hosts.
Gareth Bale continued his sensational recent form with a goal and an assist as Wales claimed a 2-1 victory over Austria at the Liberty Stadium.
The winger made the most of Joe Allen's lovely lofted pass in the 21st minute before supplying a pin-point cross for substitute Sam Vokes to head the second early in the second half. Captain Marc Janko pulled a goal back for Austria, but Wales held on for a morale-boosting win.
Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan scored their first senior international goals to hand Republic of Ireland a 2-0 victory over Poland.
Aston Villa defender Clark thumped home a 35th-minute shot to give Ireland the lead against the run of play before Norwich midfielder Hoolahan - who received warm applause when introduced as a second-half replacement for Shane Long - cemented victory 14 minutes from time with an accomplished finish.
Charlie Mulgrew's first goal for Scotland got new boss Gordon Strachan's tenure off to a winning start as they beat Estonia 1-0 at Pittodrie.
Two early goals helped Czech Republic heap more problems on struggling Turkey with a 2-0 friendly win at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Ladislav Krejci opened the scoring in the fourth minute and David Lafata added a second in the 28th.
The Czechs resume their bid to reach Brazil 2014 next month against a Denmark side who have yet to win in three Group B matches and crashed to a 3-0 friendly defeat to FYR Macedonia, all three goals coming in the opening half-hour.
Ukraine dispatched Norway 2-0 with goals from Mykola Morozyuk and Andriy Yarmolenko, but saw Vitaliy Mandziuk dismissed in the 84th minute. Miralem Pjanic was among the scorers as Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Slovenia 3-0.
Michael O'Neill is still looking for his first win as Northern Ireland manager after they were held to a goalless draw in Malta.
Two goals from FC Twente's Dusan Tadic helped Serbia come from a goal down to win 3-1 in Cyprus, while Hungary and Belarus played out a 1-1 draw. Romania scored twice late on to beat Australia 3-2, Greece drew 0-0 with Switzerland and Georgia defeated Albania 2-1.
Chile beat Egypt 2-1, Eduardo Vargas and Carlos Carmona putting the South Americans in control before Mohamed Salah netted a late consolation.
Dennis Oliech hit a hat-trick as Kenya won 3-0 against Libya, a late goal from TP Mazembe forward Mbwana Samata gave Tanzania a 1-0 win against Cameroon and Zimbabwe saw off Botswana 2-1.
Elsewhere, a Vagif Javadov penalty gave Azerbaijan a 1-0 victory over Liechtenstein and Kazakhstan beat Moldova 3-1, with Baurzhan Jolchiyev netting a brace. While Colombia downed Guatemala 4-1, despite star striker Radamel Falcao sitting on the bench.
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