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EURO2016 WRAP: Belgium fire home six, Holland survive scare, Spain upset as England put five past San Marino

Qualifiers for Euro2016 have taken place on both Thursday and Friday night around the continent as 53 countries vie to join hosts France in UEFA's regional tournament in two years' time.

On Thursday, England defeated San Marino 5-0 at Wembley with captain Wayne Rooney adding to his international scoring tally courtesy of a first-half penalty which saw him move to 42 goals for the Three Lions.

Phil Jagielka had earlier headed England in front before Danny Welbeck netted his third of the campaign after scoring twice in the 2-0 win in Switzerland last month.

Andros Townsend came off the bench to add a fourth for Roy Hodgson's men before Alex Della Valle inadvertently turned in a Rooney effort to give the home side maximum points with minimal fuss.

In the other Group E fixtures, Lithuania edged Estonia 1-0 in Vilnius while Slovenia got the better of Switzerland with a 1-0 victory in Maribor which leaves the Swiss without a point from two outings.

In Group C, reigning European champions Spain suffered an unlikely 2-1 defeat at the hands of Slovakia who had Juraj Kucka and Miroslav Stoch to thank for their goals which came either side of Paco Alcacer's 82nd-minute equaliser.

Ukraine managed to score two late goals to beat Belarus 2-0 in Borisov while Macedonia required an injury-time winner to down Luxembourg 3-2 in Skopje.

Other results on Thursday saw Sweden and Russia play out a 1-1 draw in Group G as Austria lasted the final 10 minutes with 10 men to beat Moldova 2-1 in Chisinau and Liechtenstein picked up a point with a scoreless draw at home to Montenegro.

Friday night gave us plenty of goals with Belgium hammering Andorra 6-0 in Brussels courtesy of doubles from Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens to give them a perfect start to their Group B campaign.

Wales went top of the group after drawing 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Cardiff while Israel scored a 2-1 triumph over Cyprus in Nicosia to kick off their campaign with maximum points.

In Group A, Holland survived a scare to eventually overcome Kazakhstan 3-1 in Amsterdam thanks to late goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ibrahim Afellay and Robin van Persie following Rinat Abdulin's earlier opener.

Other matches in that group saw Gylfi Sigurdsson on target as Iceland overcame Latvia 3-0 in Riga while the Czech Republic came from behind to beat Turkey 2-1 in Istanbul.

And in Group H, Italy had to toil hard to edge Azerbaijan 2-1 with Giorgio Chiellini scoring all three goals on the night in Palermo.

The Azzurri sit top of the group on six points alongside Croatia who needed an own-goal from Nikolay Bodurov to defeat Bulgaria 1-0 in Sofia while Blackburn Rovers striker Joshua Kinmg scored twice to lead Norway to a 3-0 victory over Malta.

The fixtures continue tomorrow with Saturday playing host to eight more fixtures with the highlights being World Cup winners Germany's trip to Poland and Scotland's home meeting with Georgia.

Euro2016 qualifiers - Matchday 2

Group A

Latvia: 0 (red card: Artoms Rudnevs 55') Iceland: 3 (Gylfi Sigurdsson 66', Aron Gunnarsson 77', Rurik Gislason 90') Skonto stadions, Riga

Holland: 3 (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 62', Ibrahim Afellay 82', Robin van Persie (p) 89') Kazakhstan: 1 (Rinat Abdulin 17', red card: Baurzhan Dzholchiev 64') Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam

Turkey: 1 (Umut Bulut 8') Czech Republic: 2 (Tomas Sivok 15', Borek Dockal 58') Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul

Group B

Wales: 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina: 0 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Belgium: 6 (Kevin de Bruyne (p) 31'/34', Nacer Chadli 37', Divock Origi 59', Dries Mertens 65'/68') Andorra: 0 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels

Cyprus: 1 (Constantinos Makrides 67') Israel: 2 (Omer Damari 38', Tal Ben Haim 45') GSP Stadium, Nicosia

Group C

Belarus: 0 Ukraine: 2 (Alyaksandar Martynovich (og) 82', Serhiy Sydorchuk 90+3') Borisov Arena, Borisov

Macedonia: 3 (Aleksandar Trajkovski 20', Adis Jahovic (p) 66', Besart Abdurahimi 90+2') Luxembourg: 2 (Stefano Bensi 39', David Turpel 44') Philip II Arena, Skopje

Slovakia: 2 (Juraj Kucka 17', Miroslav Stoch 87') Spain: 1 (Paco Alcacer 82') Stadion pod Dubnom, Zilina

Group E

England: 5 (Phil Jagielka 25', Wayne Rooney (p) 43', Danny Welbeck 49', Andros Townsend 72', Alex Della Valle (og) 78') San Marino: 0 Wembley Stadium, London

Lithuania: 1 (Saulius Mikoliunas 76') Estonia: 0 (red card: Ken Kallaste 86D') LFF Stadium, Vilnius

Slovenia: 1 (Milivoje Novakovic (p) 79') Switzerland: 0 Ljudski art, Maribor

Group G

Liechtenstein: 0 Montenegro: 0 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz

Moldova: 1 (Alexandru Dedov (p) 27') Austria: 2 (David Alaba (p) 11', Marc Janko 51', red card: Janko 82') Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau

Sweden: 1 (Ola Toivonen 49') Russia: 1 (Aleksandr Kokorin 10') Friends Arena, Solna

Group H

Bulgaria: 0 Croatia: 1 (Nikolay Bodurov (og) 36') Vasil Levski Stadium, Sofia

Italy: 2 (Giorgio Chiellini 44'/82') Azerbaijan: 1 (Giorgio Chiellini (og) 76') Stadio Renzo Barbera, Palermo

Malta: 0 Norway: 3 (Mats Moller Daehli 22', Joshua King 26'/49')

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