Romania warmed up for their vital Euro 2008 qualifier in Holland next month with a 2-0 victory over Moldova in an international friendly in Bucharest.
Ionut Mazilu scored the opening goal after 76 minutes with Adrian Mutu sealing the win two minutes from time.
Group G leaders Holland are just three points ahead of the Romanians with the two sides set to meet on March 24.
Another Group G side, Albania, were less fortunate on Wednesday, falling to a 1-0 loss at home to FYR Macedonia for whom Stevica Ristis scored the winner after 33 minutes.
A goal in either half for Watford striker Tamas Priskin earned Hungary a 2-0 victory over Latvia, while Israel were held to a 1-1 draw on home soil by Ukraine.
Walid Badir had given the hosts a 38th-minute lead, but Maxym Kalynychenko levelled the scores after 73 minutes.
Kalynychenko also missed a penalty for Ukraine.
The match between Malta and Austria also finished 1-1, with Andreas Ivanschitz cancelling out Gilbert Agius' eighth-minute opener for the Maltese.
Turkey suffered a surprising loss in Georgia, with Davit Siradze's 75th-minute goal enough to give the hosts' the win in their friendly clash.
The Turks head Group C in European qualifiers and face a difficult trip to second-placed Greece at the end of March.
Holland ran out comfortable 4-1 victors in their meeting with Russia following goals from Ryan Babel, Wesley Sneijder, Joris Mathijsen and Rafael van der Vaart, the latter scoring with a penalty.
But France were less successful in their clash with Argentina, after Javier Saviola's early strike earned the South Americans a 1-0 win in Paris.
Germany opened the new year with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Switzerland but lost skipper Michael Ballack to a thigh strain shortly before the break.
Kevin Kuranyi opened the scoring and Mario Gomez crowned his international debut with a goal on the half-hour mark, before Torsten Frings put the issue beyond doubt with a free-kick in the 66th.
Marco Streller scored the only reply for the Swiss.
Group D contenders Czech Republic warmed up for their Euro 2008 qualifier against Germany next month with a 2-0 triumph in Belgium.
Jan Koller and Marek Kulic scored in either half to seal the win for Karel Bruckner's men.
Croatia, who lead the way in qualifying Group E, survived a late fightback to record a 2-1 result over Norway.
Goals from Mladen Petric and Luka Modric looked to have given the hosts a comfortable win, but a strike from Patter Vaagen Moen four minutes from time set up a nervy finish for Croatia.
Slovakia and Poland shared the spoils in their friendly. Martin Jakubko and Martin Skrtel were on the scoresheet for the Slovakians with a Michal Zewlakov penalty and Radoslaw Matusiak the reply from their opponents.
In other matches, Slovenia saw off Estonia 1-0, Bulgaria ran out 3-0 winners in Cyprus and Belarus drew 2-2 with Iran.
Luxembourg, who have yet to win after three attempts in Euro 2008 qualifying Group G, battled back from a goal down to beat Gambia 2-1.