Holders Russia lead goal rush

Russia were among the established names to secure big victories as the 2005/06 edition kicked off with 18 first qualifying round games.

UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship holders Russia were among the established names to secure big victories as the 2005/06 edition kicked off with matches in nine of the ten first qualifying round groups.

Swiss prize
The top two from each section progress to the second qualifying round draw along with the five best third-place sides and seeded France, Germany and Spain. Seven places are then on offer for next summer's finals in Switzerland.

Danilova feat
Russia, in Group 6, won 6-0 against mini-tournament hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina. Elena Danilova, the top scorer in the 2005 finals, continued that form with four goals. However, Iceland - who meet Russia on Matchday 3 - lead the way in the pool after overcoming Georgia 7-0.

British joy
The other three of last year's finalists in action had similarly happy openers. In Group 4, England and Scotland both secured maximum points, the English hosts seeing off the Faroe Islands 11-0 with nine different scorers and their northern neighbours defeating Croatia 3-0.

Belgian cruise
Hungary, finals hosts in the summer, overcame Greece 1-0 in Buk. Top of Group 1 are Belgium, 11-2 victors against Bulgaria with Karen Meeus scoring four and Kristien Elsen a hat-trick. Denmark and Sweden, the first two winners of the former U18 event, are competing in Group 3, and both made good starts. Hosts Denmark beat Northern Ireland 7-0, with a Louise Kristiansen treble, and Sweden saw off Lithuania 4-0.

Norway score ten
Another Scandinavian side in form, Norway, began Group 10 in Tallinn with a 10-0 win against Latvia. Estonia were defeated 7-0 by the Republic of Ireland, six of the goals coming before half-time including Sara Lawlor's hat-trick. Italy were the biggest winners of the day, striking 15 without reply against Armenia, including four each from Manuela Coluccini and Silvia Carraro. Group 2 hosts Israel lost 4-0 to Austria.

Dutch victory
After their senior team shocked France at the weekend, the Netherlands followed up with a 7-0 triumph against Group 8 hosts F.Y.R. Macedonia, helped by a Priscilla de Vos hat-trick. Serbia and Montenegro overcame Romania 1-0. In Group 5, hosts Poland claimed a 7-0 win against Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic beat Slovenia 2-0. Over in Group 7, home team Portugal defeated Slovakia 3-2 and Wales gained a 2-0 victory against Kazakhstan.

Further fixtures
Fixtures in these groups continue on Thursday with the deciders on Saturday. The one remaining pool, Group 9, will be played in Belarus from 6-10 October and features 2005 semi-finalists Finland, Ukraine and Moldova.

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