UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying First matches: Group A Recap

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Updated: September 18, 2014
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The first matches of the UEFA Euro qualifications produced six goals for Group A, which is composed of Kazakhstan, Latvia, Turkey, Netherlands, Iceland, and Czech Republic. Of these sides, the latter two emerged as champions (occupying the top two spots, respectively) while the first two held each other in a draw. The middle pair finished at the table’s bottom.

 

Kazakhstan vs. Latvia

With excellent defensive skills but relatively low-caliber attacking prowess, neither Kazakhstan nor Latvia failed to kick off their qualification campaign with a satisfying result. The goalless encounter was gruesome on most parts but it also hindered both sides to fully maximize their scoring abilities as chances were all lost to oblivion. The defenders and goalkeepers from the teams, however, deserve some plaudits for a job very well done.

 

Czech Republic vs. Netherlands

An upset against the Netherlands shocked spectators when Czech Republic netted twice and earned all the points from Oranje. Borek Dockal opened the scoring for the Czechs in the 22nd minute but De Stefan Vrij delivered an equalizer just before the hour mark. The match seemed destined for a stalemate until it picked up an extension to stoppage time from which Vaclav Pilar fired the decisive goal.

 

Iceland vs. Turkey

Iceland completed their first set qualifying fixtures with a rousing three-goal clean sheet against Turkey. As a result, they are currently leading the group and have the potential to emerge as one of the sports betting favorites at the tournament’s higher rounds in case they win it all the way in the Group stage. Daði Böðvarsson put the side in front just 19 minutes into the game while Gylfi Sigurðsson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson netted in the second half to round up the tally.

 

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