Hungary showed it will be a tough challenger for Netherlands after it breezed past Andorra 5-0 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Strikes from Roland Juhasz, Zoltan Gera (penalty), Adam Szalai, Tamas Priskin and Vladimir Koman sealed a comfortable Group D victory, while goals from Gabriel Torje and Ciprian Marica gave Romania a 2-0 win over Estonia.
Robin van Persie scored the opener as Netherlands began its campaign with a 2-0 victory over Turkey, Luciano Narsingh netting the second in stoppage-time.
Georgi Milanov's second-half strike rescued a point for
The host took a shock lead on the half-hour when Stanislav Manolev's 35-yard strike rocketed past
England launched its qualifying campaign with a 5-0 Group H win in
Elsewhere in the group, Montenegro and
Germany began the qualifiers with a routine 3-0 Group C win over the Faroe Islands.
Mario Gotze broke the deadlock in the 28th minute before Mesut Ozil's second-half brace sealed a comfortable, if unspectacular, victory.
Last-gasp goals from Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle ensured Republic of Ireland avoided embarrassment after it came from behind to beat Kazakhstan 2-1.
Giovanni Trapattoni's side looked set for an embarrassing defeat when Kairat Nurdauletov glanced home after an insipid first-half performance from the visitor until Keane's penalty and Doyle's strike gave the visitor a hard-fought win.
In Group A, defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen gave Belgium a 2-0 win over Wales, whose early good work was undone when James Collins was sent off in the 25th minute.
Nikica Jelavic's opportunist 68th-minute header got Igor Stimac's reign as Croatia coach off to a winning start against FYR Macedonia.
Cristiano Ronaldo was on song but Portugal only edged past minnow Luxembourg 2-1 in Group F.
The Portugal midfielder 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 visitor a well-deserved win.
Northern Ireland's qualifying campaign got off to a losing start as goals from Viktor Fayzulin and Roman Shirokov gave Fabio Capello's Russia three points in Moscow, while Israel was forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at Azerbaijan.
Granit Xhaka and Gokhan Inler gave Switzerland, which had captain Tranquillo Barnetta sent off, a 2-0 win at Slovenia, 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.
In Group G, Greece came from behind to beat Latvia 2-1, 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.