Holland's Euro 2008 campaign spluttered into life with a narrow win over minnows Luxembourg, whilst the games in Romania and Belarus ended in draws.
Marco van Basten's side only prevailed by a single goal in Luxembourg, with defender Joris Mathijsen the unlikely scorer.
The Hamburg new-boy beat Jonathan Joubert on 13 minutes, as he slotted home the rebound after the Luxembourg keeper saved his initial header from a Robin van Persie corner.
Oranje were unable to add to their lead, as they secured a narrow win and three points in their opening fixture.
In Romania, Martin Petrov rescued a point for Bulgaria with two goals in the last ten minutes.
The hosts took the lead when Laurentiu Rosu netted on 40 minutes, and after half time, they doubled their advantage when Ciprian Marica scored with a low shot (55).
It looked like being a winning start for Romania, who finished the game with ten men when Gabriel Tamas was shown his second yellow card in injury time, but Petrov came to the fore and ensured the visitors earned a point with goals on 82 and 84 minutes.
The scoreline was the same in Minsk when Belarus were held to a 2-2 draw by Albania.
The hosts scored inside two minutes through Timofei Kalachev, but Ervin Skerla's penalty (7) restored parity.
Besnik Hasi (86) also replied to Maxim Romashchenko's strike (24) to make sure the spoils were shared on the opening day in Group G.