PARIS (AFP) - England's young generation laid the bedrock for a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Germany on Wednesday while old nemesis Diego Maradona enjoyed a winning start to life as Argentina coach with a 1-0 victory in Scotland. On a busy night of international football, world champions Italy had to come from behind to draw 1-1 with Greece, France's stuttering form continued with a 0-0 draw in Paris against Uruguay while Arsenal's Robin Van Persie scored twice as the Netherlands cruised to a 3-1 win over Sweden. Germany suffered their first defeat in Berlin since 1973 as England, playing without Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Theo Walcott, impressively dismissed lacklustre Germany. Captain John Terry's header six minutes from time sealed victory over the Euro 2008 runners-up after Matthew Upson's first-half goal had been cancelled out by Bayer Leverkusen's Patrick Helmes. "It was a good performance and the youngsters in the team have really given the manager some problems," said Terry who also took the blame for Germany's equaliser which came after an embarrassing mix-up between him and substitute goalkeeper Scott Carson. England coach Fabio Capello admitted he was delighted with the result. "It was a very good performance. We made lots of chances. I liked the attitude, confidence and personality," said the Italian. In Glasgow, Maradona's first match as head coach of Argentina ended with a 1-0 friendly win. Maradona, who led the South Americans to World Cup victory in 1986 as a player on the back of his infamous 'Hand of God' goal in the quarter-final win over England, had demanded a fighting performance from his team. But Maxi Rodriguez's eighth minute goal was all that separated the sides at full-time after Argentina, who have been struggling in their World Cup qualifiers, faded after the interval. Italy coach Marcello Lippi broke Vittorio Pozzo's record of 30 consecutive matches without defeat as the Italians came away from Piraeus with a hard fought 1-1 draw against Greece. The world champions needed a goal from striker Luca Toni to force the draw when in the 54th minute he headed home a free kick from Daniele De Rossi. Four minutes earlier the Greeks had taken a 1-0 lead through substitute Fanis Gekas. France, with skipper Patrick Vieira back after a nine-month injury lay-off, were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Uruguay at the Stade de France. Despite enjoying long spells of possession the home side found themselves frustrated by the visitors' defence, with a lively second-half cameo by debutant striker Steve Savidan, a former binman, one of the few consolations. Holland were impressive winners in Amsterdam with van Persie heading in the opener from Wesley Sneijder's 32nd-minute cross. The Arsenal man added the second three minutes into the second half with Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt heading in the third goal in the second minute of injury time. Middlesbrough's Tuncay grabbed a hat-trick as Turkey beat Austria 4-2 in Vienna. Craig Bellamy gave Wales a 1-0 win in Denmark but both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland suffered home defeats to Hungary and Poland respectively.