On the second match day of Euro 2016 qualifers in 2015, Klaas Jan Huntelaar’s last minute goal gave the Netherlands a crucial point and saving them from an embarrassing defeat from Turkey. The Dutch had dominated the game in possession and attempts but Turkey drew first blood when the Dutch failed to clear a deep Gokhan Tore ball and Turkey’s talisman Burak Yilmaz smashed the ball from the edge of the box. The Dutch had several chances in the second half but couldn’t cash on them. Finally, during injury time, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s head found a slimy touch from a Wesley Sneijder shot from the edge of the box to give the Dutch a 1-1 draw. The draw left the Dutch on 3rd place in Group A way behind Iceland and Czech Republic. Iceland continued their good run in the qualifiers with a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan putting them in 2nd place and just a point behind Czech Republic who had a below par performance against Latvia at Prague with Vaclav Pilar’s late goal salvaging them a 1-1 draw. Struggling Bosnia and Herzegovina registered their first win in the qualifiers with a convincing 3-0 won over Andorra at Andorra-la-vella. Captain Edin Dzeko scored all 3 goals for the Dragons with Senad Luic assisting in all 3 of them. The win handed new coach Mehmed Bazdarevic his first win in his first game in charge of the Bosnians. The win also marked Andorra’s 49th successive loss in their previous competitive fixtures. Belgium, who also weren’t having a very good run in the qualifiers, thrashed Cyprus 5-0 in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. The Red Devils were simply too much for the Cypriots as they had 20 shots on goal to Cyprus’s 2. Belgium took the lead in the 21st minute when Christian Benteke’s header found Marouane Fellaini who shot the ball hard and low in the left hand corner of the net. Then in the 35th minute Eden Hazard crosed in the ball and Christian Benteke’s diving header made it 2-0 for the Belgians. Fellaini scored his second of the match to give Belgium a 3-0 lead 6 minutes past the hour mark. A minute after Fellaini scored, Hazard had a goal of his own with a wonderfully curled shot to which the Cypriot keeper Kissas had no reply. Then substitute Michy Batshuayi scored a fifth for the Red Devils in the 80th minute to hand them a comprehensive 5-0 victory. In other Group B matches, surprise group leaders Wales continued their dominance with a 3-0 win over Israel at Haifa.The win put Wales on top with 2 points ahead of Israel. Belgium would go up to 3rd with 8 points,one behind Israel. Bosnia remained on 5th position with 5 points, one behind 4th placed Cyprus. Andorra remained rock bottom, winless and pointless. At Sofia, Eder’s late goal salvaged a draw for 4 time World Champs Italy in a below par performance against Bulgaria. The match ended 2-2 with Bulgarian defender Yordan Minev ruing over his early own goal that gave Italy the lead. The Bulgarians however fought back bravely with Ivelin Popov striking home the equaliser in the 11th minute and 6 minutes later, Iliyan Mitsanski gave the Bulgarians the lead before Eder scored his first international goal on his Italy debut through a beautifully curled shot. The Croatians took top spot in Group H after Thrashing Norway 5-1 in Zagreb thanks to goals from Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic, Ivica Olic, Gordon Schildenfield and Danijel Pranjic. In other Group G matches, Azerbaijan had a convincing 2-0 win over Malta at Baku. Croatia lead Group G with 13 points , 2 points ahead of Italy and Norway occupy 3rd spot with 9 points , 4 points ahead of Bulgaria. 


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