Goal-Fest Expected in Euro 2016 Qualifiers

Spain, Italy and England all started their qualifying campaigns with wins, and easy-looking upcoming fixtures should ensure they stay on 100 percent records. Netherlands should also rack up the goals at home against Azerbaijan as they look to bounce back from an opening-round loss to the Czech Republic.

updated: October 09, 2014 10:21 IST
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File photo: Sergio Ramos, heads the ball with Macedonia player's Stefan Ristovski during a Euro 2016 Group C qualifying round match.

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The first "Week of Football" in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship could be a goal-fest for the continent's major powers.

The second and third rounds of games in each of the nine groups will be spread from Thursday to Tuesday, with UEFA keen on "shining the spotlight on more teams" on the road to France.

For the less-heralded nations, it could simply expose their deficiencies to a wider audience.

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