1990 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The European (UEFA) zone of qualification for the 1990 FIFA World Cup saw 32 teams competing for 13 places at the finals. UEFA members Italy qualified automatically as hosts of the finals. The qualification process started on 21 May 1988 and ended on 18 November 1989.

Format[edit]

Teams were drawn into seven groups, four groups of five teams and three of four teams. All seven group-winners qualified automatically, with the runners-up in the four groups containing five teams (Groups 3, 5, 6 and 7) also qualifying. The two best second-placed teams in the three groups containing only four teams also qualified (Groups 1, 2 and 4). One second-placed team was therefore eliminated.

Draw[edit]

The draw for the qualifying groups took place in Zürich, Switzerland on 12 December 1987. During the draw teams were drawn from the 5 pots into the 7 groups. The seedings below were announced ten days before the draw.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

 West Germany
 England
 Spain
 Soviet Union
 Denmark
 Belgium
 France

 Bulgaria
 Netherlands
 Poland
 East Germany
 Portugal
 Scotland
 Hungary

 Romania
 Sweden
 Wales
 Northern Ireland
 Austria
 Czechoslovakia
 Yugoslavia

 Republic of Ireland
 Greece
  Switzerland
 Finland
 Iceland
 Norway
 Albania

 Turkey
 Malta
 Luxembourg
 Cyprus

Results[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 9
 Denmark 6 3 2 1 15 6 +9 8
 Greece 6 1 2 3 3 15 −12 4
 Bulgaria 6 1 1 4 6 8 −2 3
  Bulgaria Denmark Greece Romania
Bulgaria  0 – 2 4 – 0 1 – 3
Denmark  1 – 1 7 – 1 3 – 0
Greece  1 – 0 1 – 1 0 – 0
Romania  1 – 0 3 – 1 3 – 0

Group 2[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 6 4 2 0 9 3 +6 10
 England 6 3 3 0 10 0 +10 9
 Poland 6 2 1 3 4 8 −4 5
 Albania 6 0 0 6 3 15 −12 0
  Albania England Poland Sweden
Albania  0 – 2 1 – 2 1 – 2
England  5 – 0 3 – 0 0 – 0
Poland  1 – 0 0 – 0 0 – 2
Sweden  3 – 1 0 – 0 2 – 1

Group 3[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 8 4 3 1 11 4 +7 11
 Austria 8 3 3 2 9 9 0 9
 Turkey 8 3 1 4 12 10 +2 7
 East Germany 8 3 1 4 9 13 −4 7
 Iceland 8 1 4 3 6 11 −5 6
  Austria East Germany Iceland Soviet Union Turkey
Austria  3 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 0 3 – 2
East Germany  1 – 1 2 – 0 2 – 1 0 – 2
Iceland  0 – 0 0 – 3 1 – 1 2 – 1
Soviet Union  2 – 0 2 – 1 1 – 1 2 – 0
Turkey  3 – 0 3 – 1 1 – 1 0 – 1

Group 4[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 6 4 2 0 8 2 +6 10
 West Germany 6 3 3 0 13 3 +10 9
 Finland 6 1 1 4 4 16 −12 3
 Wales 6 0 2 4 4 8 −4 2
  Finland Netherlands Wales West Germany
Finland  0 – 1 1 – 0 0 – 4
Netherlands  3 – 0 1 – 0 1 – 1
Wales  2 – 2 1 – 2 0 – 0
West Germany  6 – 1 0 – 0 2 – 1

Group 5[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 8 6 2 0 16 6 +10 14
 Scotland 8 4 2 2 12 12 0 10
 France 8 3 3 2 10 7 +3 9
 Norway 8 2 2 4 10 9 +1 6
 Cyprus 8 0 1 7 6 20 −14 1
  Cyprus France Norway Scotland Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Cyprus  1 – 1 0 – 3 2 – 3 1 – 2
France  2 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 0 0 – 0
Norway  3 – 1 1 – 1 1 – 2 1 – 2
Scotland  2 – 1 2 – 0 1 – 1 1 – 1
Yugoslavia  4 – 0 3 – 2 1 – 0 3 – 1

Group 6[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 6 1 1 20 3 +17 13
 Republic of Ireland 8 5 2 1 10 2 +8 12
 Hungary 8 2 4 2 8 12 −4 8
 Northern Ireland 8 2 1 5 6 12 −6 5
 Malta 8 0 2 6 3 18 −15 2
  Hungary Malta Northern Ireland Spain Republic of Ireland
Hungary  1 – 1 1 – 0 2 – 2 0 – 0
Malta  2 – 2 0 – 2 0 – 2 0 – 2
Northern Ireland  1 – 2 3 – 0 0 – 2 0 – 0
Spain  4 – 0 4 – 0 4 – 0 2 – 0
Republic of Ireland  2 – 0 2 – 0 3 – 0 1 – 0

Group 7[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belgium 8 4 4 0 15 5 +10 12
 Czechoslovakia 8 5 2 1 13 3 +10 12
 Portugal 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 10
  Switzerland 8 2 1 5 10 14 −4 5
 Luxembourg 8 0 1 7 3 22 −19 1
  Belgium Czechoslovakia Luxembourg Portugal Switzerland
Belgium  2 – 1 1 – 1 3 – 0 1 – 0
Czechoslovakia  0 – 0 4 – 0 2 – 1 3 – 0
Luxembourg  0 – 5 0 – 2 0 – 3 1 – 4
Portugal  1 – 1 0 – 0 1 – 0 3 – 1
Switzerland   2 – 2 0 – 1 2 – 1 1 – 2

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