Lithuania, Estonia and Montenegro start off Euro qualifying with wins

Lithuania – San Marino: 2-0

Lithuania eased past San Marino as they won 2-0 to kick off their Euro 2016 qualifying bid.

First-half goals from Deividas Matulevicius and Arvydas Novikovas won it for the visitors in front of just 986 fans at the San Marino Stadium.

San Marino only scored once during their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, while shipping 54 goals in their 10 games.

The result leaves Lithuania joint top of the group with England after the first games in qualifying group E.

Estonia – Slovenia: 1-0

A late winner clinched a 1-0 victory for Estonia as they began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign by beating 10-man Slovenia.

The teams played each other in qualification for Euro 2012 when Slovenia won 1-0 in Tallinn before Estonia gained revenge with a 2-1 win in June 2011.

But neither qualified for the tournament, with Estonia beaten 5-1 by the Republic of Ireland in the play-offs.

Estonia, who lost 2-0 to Sweden in a friendly last week, had the better of the first half.

Luxembourg – Belarus: 1-1

Luxembourg and Belarus could not be separated in their Euro 2016 Group C qualifier as they drew 1-1 on Monday night.

Lars Krogh Gerson opened the scoring for Luxembourg in the 42nd minute and the home side looked set to claim the perfect start to their campaign until Belarus hit back in the second half.

Stanislav Dragun found the bottom left corner from close range to level the match at 1-1 in the 78th minute.

Luxembourg next faces Macedonia and Belarus will battle Ukraine on October 9.

Montenegro – Moldova: 2-0

Montenegro started their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Moldova on Monday night.

Goals from Mirko Vucinic and Zarko Tomasevic either side of half-time, both set up by Nemanja Nikolic corners, decided the Group G contest.

The hosts, who missed out on a place at the last European Championships by losing in the play-offs, had seen pool rivals Russia thrash Liechtenstein 4-0 earlier in the evening and were looking to lay down a marker of their own.

Moldova next faces Austria and Montenegro will play Liechtenstein on October 9.

 

 

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