STEFAN JOHANSEN was on target as Norway beat Scandinavian rivals Finland 2-0 in a friendly encounter in Oslo.
The Celtic midfielder has struggled to match last season’s impressive form, but he has promised to come good as the Hoops surge towards double silverware.
Johansen hit the killer second as the Finns were trying to rally in an effort to claim a draw. Jo Inge Berget, who flopped at Parkhead during his short-lived loan from Cardiff City last season, opened the scoring.
Dedryck Boyata’s hopes of picking up only his second cap in six years were dashed when he had to accept a place on the substututes’ bench as Belgium faced up to Portugal.
The Hoops centre-half watched as the Portuguese triumphed 2-1 with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani while Romelu Lukaku claimed the consolation goal for the Belgians.
Former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill, who guided the Republic of Ireland to the Euro Finals in the summer at Scotland’s expense, saw his team held to a 2-2 draw at home by Slovakia.
The Irish were stunned when Miroslav Stoch opened the scoring in 15 minutes, but two quickfire penalty-kicks from Shane Long and James McClean turned things around. The unfortunate Paul Shane put through his own goal for the leveller.
O’Neill was asked about the possibility of a return to the manager’s job at Aston Villa after the news Remi Garde had been sacked. He snapped: “I have a job to do here and I’m delighted with this job.”
Former Celtic fans’ favourite Fraser Forster was blameless as Holland came back from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Wembley to puncture England’s confidence following the 3-2 weekend win over Germany in Berlin.
Jamie Vardy gave the hosts the advantage with another sweet strike, but Vincent Jansen equalised with an unstoppable penalty-kick into the roof of the net five minutes after the interval following handball from Danny Rose.
And Forster was helpless again when Luciano Narsingh claimed the winner 13 minutes from the end.