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Euro 2016 qualifying today: Bale’s Wales, Gigi’s Italy start on paths

Wales Training Session

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 03: Wales players Gareth Bale (l) and Chris Gunter share a joke during a Wales training session at Cardiff City Stadium on September 3, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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There will be plenty of star power on display Tuesday as the third day of Euro 2016 qualifying kicks off at Noon and rolls through eight matches in less than five hours.

Gareth Bale, Robin van Persie, Gianluigi Buffon and Luka Modric are among those slated to start their nation’s qualifying runs on Tuesday.

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A pair of early Eastern Time Zone matches get going at Noon, with Berti Vogts’ Azerbaijan hoping to begin a shocking campaign by using home field to its advantage against Bulgaria.

Things don’t get any easier for the Czech Republic following last week’s 1-0 loss to the United States, as they’ll stay on home soil to host RVP and perennial powers Netherlands. They are part of a tricky Group A that also includes matchups between Iceland and Turkey, and Kazakhstan and Latvia.

Italy’s Buffon takes on Norway, while Bale’s Wales and Andorra will also tangle. Modric and Croatia will take on minnows Malta as well, while Cyprus hopes to spring a massive upset against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tuesday’s Euro 2016 qualifiers
Azerbaijan vs. Bulgaria, Noon (Group H)
Kazakhstan vs. Latvia, Noon (Group A)
Norway vs. Italy, 245pm ET (Group H)
Croatia vs. Malta, 245pm ET (Group H)
Iceland vs. Turkey, 245pm ET (Group A)
Andorra vs. Wales, 245pm ET (Group B)
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Cyprus, 245pm ET (Group B)
Czech Republic vs. Netherlands, 245pm ET (Group A)

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