Euro: Ramos saves Spain's blushes

Georgia 0-2 Switzerland

Switzerland started their road to the European championship with a 2-0 victory away to Georgia on Saturday afternoon.

The Swiss needed second-half efforts from Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria led the visiting side to a resounding victory in Group D.

Gibraltar 0-1 Ireland

The Republic of Ireland registered a 1-0 win over Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium in the group’s other encounter.

After a slow first half, the visitors stole all the points courtesy of Jeff Hendrick earlier in the second half as Gibraltar go back to the drawing board.

Malta 2-1 Faroe Islands

Malta sneaked to a 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands at the Victoria Stadium in a match of little proportions for either side.

Malta were brought down ten men following the dismissal of Agius later on, as Kyrian Nwoko and a penalty from Steven Borg provided their goals with Jakup Thomsen netting the consolation late on.

Sweden 2-1 Romania

Sweden started their qualifying journey to next year’s European showpiece with a 2-1 win over Romania in Stockholm.

First-half goals from Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson put the Swedes on their way with Claudiu Keseru adding the consolation for the visitors.

Italy 2-0 Finland

Italy got off to a winning start in their Euro 2022 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory against Finland in Udine.

Goals from Nicolo Barella and Michael Kean in the second half gave the Azzurri a bright start in Group J.

Spain 2-1 Norway

Spain started their road to next year’s continental showpiece on a high note with a 2-1 win over Norway in Valencia.

Rodrigo and a penalty from Sergio Ramos gave Luis Enrique’s side their first three points of the campaign, while Josh King slotted the visitors' only goal of the game.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 Armenia

Bosnia registered three points at home to Armenia thanks goals from Rade Krunic and Deni Milosevic, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan bagged a consolation for the visitors.

Liechtenstein 0-2 Greece

Greece hit the front foot in their qualifying opener with a 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein at the Rheinpark Satdion.

A goal from Kostas Fortounis on the stroke of halftime was followed by a late effort by Anastasios Donis as the 2004 champions registered three points.