England's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign opened in emphatic fashion as Moldova were beaten 5-0 in Chisinau.

Roy Hodgson's side were three goals up at the interval as Frank Lampard scored an early penalty and headed a second before Jermain Defoe was on target.

The Three Lions were kept waiting until 16 minutes from time before James Milner added a fourth, while Leighton Baines also scored his first international goal with a deflected free-kick, to complete a resounding victory.

Elsewhere, Robin van Persie scored the opener as Holland secured their first three points in Group D with a 2-0 victory over Turkey.

The Manchester United striker continued his excellent early season form by opening the scoring in the 16th minute, while Luciano Narsingh added a second in stoppage time as the Dutch registered a morale-boosting victory, following their poor showing at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Hungary showed they will be tough challengers for Holland after they thrashed Andorra 5-0. Goals from Roland Juhasz, Zoltan Gera, Adam Szalai, Tamas Priskin and Vladimir Koman sealed a comfortable victory. Meanwhile, strikes from Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica gave Romania a 2-0 win over Estonia.

Mesut Ozil scored two second-half goals to help Germany begin their campaign with a 3-0 victory over Faroe Islands in Group C.

Joachim Low's side found their opponents difficult to break down, but after Mario Gotze broke the deadlock midway through the first-half, Ozil's brace confirmed Germany's 500th international victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo shone as Portugal edged past minnows Luxembourg 2-1 in Group F. The Portugal forward drew his side level just before the half-hour mark after Daniel Da Mota Alves gave Luxembourg the lead, before he made a nuisance of himself in a top-class performance which saw Helder Postiga's strike earn the visitors a win.

In Group G, Greece came from behind to beat Latvia 2-1, while Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic scored a hat-trick apiece as Bosnia-Herzegovina thrashed Liechtenstein 8-1 and Lithuania and Slovakia played out a 1-1 draw.

Two late goals saved the Republic of Ireland from a humiliating result in Kazakhstan, as Giovanni Trapattoni's side seemed to be suffering from a hangover from their disappointing Euro 2012. 1-0 down with a minute to play, a Robbie Keane penalty and Kevin Doyle strike turned the game around to secure all three points.

Georgi Milanov's second-half strike rescued a point for Bulgaria, who held the Euro 2012 finalists Italy to a 2-2 draw in both sides' opening qualifying match in Group B.

The hosts took a shock lead on the half-hour when Stanislav Manolev's 35-yard strike rocketed past Gianluigi Buffon, but Pablo Osvaldo scored twice in three minutes to put the Azzurri ahead at the interval.

But Italy were pegged back as Milanov fired high into the net from Iliyan Mitsanski's cross to ensure a share of the spoils. Meanwhile, Armenia went top of the group after Artur Sarkisov's 70th-minute strike gave them a 1-0 win over Malta.

Nikica Jelavic's opportunist 68th-minute header got Igor Stimac's reign as Croatia coach off to a winning start against Macedonia in Group A. And elsewhere in England's Group H, Montenegro and Poland drew 2-2 in a fiery encounter that saw both teams reduced to 10 men.

Granit Xhaka and Gokhan Inler gave Switzerland, who had captain Tranquillo Barnetta sent off, a 2-0 win at Slovenia in Group E, while goals in either half from Kari Arnason and Alfred Finnbogason gave Iceland a 2-0 win over Norway, and Albania beat Cyprus 3-1.

Abou Diaby scored the only goal as France edged past Finland in Group I, while Georgia got their campaign off to a winning start as a fine second-half goal from Tornike Okriashvili saw off the challenge of Belarus.

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