Euro 2016: Champions Spain get comfortable draw, Netherlands in tougher group

There will be eight groups of six teams and one of five, each playing home and away. The top two teams from the nine groups qualify, along with the best third-placed side. The eight remaining third-placed sides will contest play-offs with four spots at stake.

updated: February 23, 2014 22:02 IST
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Nice, France: Two-time defending European champion Spain face a seemingly comfortable road to defend its title at Euro 2016 after being drawn in Group C along with Luxembourg, Macedonia, Belarus, Slovakia and Ukraine on Sunday.

"It's not as easy a group as it might appear to some. We are facing emerging teams who are young and strong," Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. "The cold conditions could play a role in the group because many of the trips will be to teams from the east."

The Netherlands were drawn in a tougher-looking Group A and faces the Czech Republic, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Iceland and Latvia.

"The Dutch are the favorites. Together with them, it will be us, Turkey and Iceland fighting to advance," Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech said. "We have to cope with it if we want to go to France."

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