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Euro 2016: Czech Rep defeat the mighty Dutch

Czech Republic snatched a last-gasp 2-1 win over the Netherlands during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Czech Republic celebrate after beating Netherlands 2-1 in their opening game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers in Prague. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Czech Republic got a last minute 2-1 win over the Netherlands thanks to Vaclav Pilar's stoppage time goal in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday.

Dutch Defender Daryl Janmaat attempted to head back to keeper Jasper Cillessen.

The ball instead beat the keeper and struck the post as Pilar smartly tucked in the rebound.

The Czechs started brightly and were rewarded when David Lafata controlled a cross into the box before laying it off to Borek Dockal whose left-foot shot slammed off the post into the net to give the hosts the lead.

The Dutch responded with Stefan de Vrij driving a header into the back of the net after a cross from Daley Blind.

The Dutch missed several key players including Arjen Robben who was out with an ankle injury.

BALE'S DOUBLE RESCUES WALES

An inspirational free-kick from Gareth Bale saw Wales beat Andorra in their first game of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign 2-1.

Andorra took the lead six minutes after the game began which was their first competitive goal since 2010.

An equalising header from Bale levelled the game by half time.

Bales' sublime free-kick came after 80 minutes and denied Andorra their first competitive point for nine years.

ZAZA STARS FOR AZZURI

A relatively young Italian squad chosen by new coach Antonio Conte eased with a 2-0 win over Norway.

Striker Simone Zaza made the most of suspended Mario Balotelli's absence by scoring the opening goal.

The Sassuolo striker, surprisingly brought into the squad by Conte, struck with a deflected shot and also hit the crossbar and had another effort cleared off the line before being substituted.

Leonardo Bonucci doubled the lead for Azzuri with a fine header.

The Norwegians offered little resistance, enjoying plenty of possession in front of a sell-out crowd but failing to threaten Gianluigi Buffon's goal.

Their best attacks came down Italy's left flank as livewire Mats Moeller Daehli displayed his full bag of tricks and dribbles but the winger faded in the second half, as did the home team's chances.

ALL RESULTS - TUESDAY

Kazakhstan 0-0 Latvia

Czech Rep. 2-1 Netherlands

Iceland 3-0 Turkey

Andorra 1-2 Wales

Bos-Herce 1-2 Cyprus

Azerbaijan 1-2 Bulgaria

Croatia 2-0 Malta

Norway 0-2 Italy

Additional Reporting by Reuters

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