Belfast Telegraph

Dutch are stunned by Czech's late winner

Holland began their bid to qualify for Euro 2016 by slipping to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat away to Czech Republic.

The World Cup semi-finalists fell behind in the 22nd minute, as Borek Dockal scored. Stefan de Vrij levelled 10 minutes after the break, but the Dutch were undone at the death as Vaclav Pilar netted in injury-time.

Elsewhere in Group A, Iceland had an emphatic 3-0 win at home to 10-man Turkey.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson put them ahead after 17 minutes and the visitors suffered another blow when they had Omer Toprak sent off in the 59th minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored two quickfire goals to round off the win.

Kazakhstan and Latvia drew 0-0.

Italy, like Holland with a new man – Antonio Conte – in charge following the World Cup, had a 2-0 win in Norway. thanks to a goal in each half from Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci.

Croatia laboured to a 2-0 win over 10-man Malta thanks to strikes from Luka Modric and Andrej Kramaric after the visitors had had Steve Borg sent off just after the half-hour mark.

The shock of the night came in Group B as Cyprus stunned Bosnia 2-1 in Zenica.

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