1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA – Group 3)

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Group 3 consisted of seven of the 39 teams entered into the European zone:[1] Albania, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Spain. These seven teams competed on a home-and-away basis for two of the 12 spots in the final tournament allocated to the European zone, with the group's winner and runner-up claiming those spots.

One of the most popular topics of the group was the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland being in the same group. The Republic would clinch qualification in the final round of games by drawing away to their northern rivals, while Spain's 1-0 win over Denmark meant they qualified as winners. Spain qualified with the best record among the group winners. In one of the closest qualifying groups, just one point separated the top three sides. Republic of Ireland qualified at Denmark's expense only on goals scored, as their points and goal difference were identical.

Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 12 8 3 1 27 4 +23 19
 Republic of Ireland 12 7 4 1 19 6 +13 18
 Denmark 12 7 4 1 15 2 +13 18
 Northern Ireland 12 5 3 4 14 13 +1 13
 Lithuania 12 2 3 7 8 21 −13 7
 Latvia 12 0 5 7 4 21 −17 5
 Albania 12 1 2 9 6 26 −20 4

Results[edit]

22 April 1992
Spain  3–0  Albania
Míchel Goal 2'66' (pen.)
Hierro Goal 87'
Report

28 April 1992
Northern Ireland  2–2  Lithuania
Wilson Goal 13'
Taggart Goal 16'
Report Narbekovas Goal 41'
Fridrikas Goal 48'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

26 May 1992
Republic of Ireland  2–0  Albania
Aldridge Goal 60'
McGrath Goal 80'
Report
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 29,727
Referee: Jaap Uilenberg (Netherlands)

3 June 1992
Albania  1–0  Lithuania
Abazi Goal 77' Report
Stadiumi Qemal Stafa, Tirana
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Octavian Streng (Romania)

12 August 1992
Latvia  1–2  Lithuania
Linards Goal 15' Report Poderis Goal 66'
Tereškinas Goal 85'
Daugava Stadium, Riga
Attendance: 6,897
Referee: Jozef Marko (Czechoslovakia)

26 August 1992
Latvia  0–0  Denmark
Report
Daugava Stadium, Riga
Attendance: 7,940
Referee: Alfred Wieser (Austria)

9 September 1992
Republic of Ireland  4–0  Latvia
Sheedy Goal 30'
Aldridge Goal 59'82' (pen.)86'
Report
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

9 September 1992
Northern Ireland  3–0  Albania
Clarke Goal 14'
Wilson Goal 31'
Magilton Goal 44'
Report
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Marnix Sandra (Belgium)

23 September 1992
Latvia  0–0  Spain
Report
Daugava Stadium, Riga
Attendance: 6,220
Referee: Roger Philippi (Luxembourg)

23 September 1992
Lithuania  0–0  Denmark
Report
Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Lube Spasov (Bulgaria)

14 October 1992
Denmark  0–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 40,100
Referee: Ryszard Wójcik (Poland)

14 October 1992
Northern Ireland  0–0  Spain
Report
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)

28 October 1992
Lithuania  1–1  Latvia
Fridrikas Goal 85' Report Linards Goal 44'
Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Andrew Waddell (Scotland)

11 November 1992
Albania  1–1  Latvia
Kepa Goal 67' Report Aleksejenko Goal 3'
Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Gerhard Kapl (Austria)

18 November 1992
Northern Ireland  0–1  Denmark
Report H. Larsen Goal 51'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)

18 November 1992
Spain  0–0  Republic of Ireland
Report

16 December 1992
Spain  5–0  Latvia
Bakero Goal 49'
Guardiola Goal 51'
Alfonso Goal 80'
Beguiristain Goal 82'83'
Report

17 February 1993
Albania  1–2  Northern Ireland
Rraklli Goal 90' Report Donaghy Goal 15'
McDonald Goal 41'

24 February 1993
Spain  5–0  Lithuania
Cristóbal Goal 5'
Bakero Goal 12'
Beguiristain Goal 17'
Christiansen Goal 86'
Aldana Goal 90'
Report

31 March 1993
Denmark  1–0  Spain
Povlsen Goal 20' Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 40,272
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)

31 March 1993
Republic of Ireland  3–0  Northern Ireland
Townsend Goal 20'
Quinn Goal 22'
Staunton Goal 28'
Report
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Kurt Röthlisberger (Switzerland)

14 April 1993
Denmark  2–0  Latvia
Vilfort Goal 23'
Strudal Goal 76'
Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 29,088
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

14 April 1993
Lithuania  3–1  Albania
Baltušnikas Goal 20'
Sukristovas Goal 25'
Baranauskas Goal 63'
Report Demollari Goal 86'

28 April 1993
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Denmark
Quinn Goal 75' Report Vilfort Goal 27'
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Rémi Harrel (France)

28 April 1993
Spain  3–1  Northern Ireland
J. Salinas Goal 21'26'
Hierro Goal 41'
Report Wilson Goal 11'

15 May 1993
Latvia  0–0  Albania
Report
Daugava Stadium, Riga
Attendance: 3,100
Referee: Alan Howells (Wales)

25 May 1993
Lithuania  0–1  Northern Ireland
Report Dowie Goal 8'
Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Esa Palsi (Finland)

26 May 1993
Albania  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Kushta Goal 8' Report Staunton Goal 12'
Cascarino Goal 77'
Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Walter Cinciripini (Italy)

2 June 1993
Denmark  4–0  Albania
J. Jensen Goal 11'
Pingel Goal 20'40'
Möller Goal 28'
Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 39,503
Referee: Gerd Grabher (Austria)

2 June 1993
Latvia  1–2  Northern Ireland
Linards Goal 55' Report Magilton Goal 4'
Taggart Goal 15'
Daugava Stadium, Riga
Attendance: 2,764
Referee: Piotr Werner (Poland)

2 June 1993
Lithuania  0–2  Spain
Report Guerrero Goal 73'77'
Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Gheorghe Ionescu (Romania)

9 June 1993
Latvia  0–2  Republic of Ireland
Report Aldridge Goal 14'
McGrath Goal 42'
Daugava Stadium, Riga
Attendance: 5,113
Referee: Dick Jol (Netherlands)

16 June 1993
Lithuania  0–1  Republic of Ireland
Report Staunton Goal 38'[2]
Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Roger Philippi (Luxembourg)

25 August 1993
Denmark  4–0  Lithuania
L. Olsen Goal 13'
Pingel Goal 44'
B. Laudrup Goal 64'
Vilfort Goal 71'
Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 40,282
Referee: Brági Bergmann (Iceland)

8 September 1993
Albania  0–1  Denmark
Report Pingel Goal 63'
Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Loizos Loizou (Cyprus)

8 September 1993
Republic of Ireland  2–0  Lithuania
Aldridge Goal 4'
Kernaghan Goal 25'
Report
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

8 September 1993
Northern Ireland  2–0  Latvia
Quinn Goal 35'
Gray Goal 80'
Report
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 6,400
Referee: João Pinto Correia (Portugal)

22 September 1993
Albania  1–5  Spain
Kushta Goal 40' Report J. Salinas Goal 4'30'58'
Toni Goal 18'
Caminero Goal 67'
Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Rémi Harrel (France)

13 October 1993
Denmark  1–0  Northern Ireland
B. Laudrup Goal 83' Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 40,242
Referee: Vadim Zhuk (Belarus)

13 October 1993
Republic of Ireland  1–3  Spain
Sheridan Goal 72' Report Caminero Goal 11'
J. Salinas Goal 14'26'
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

17 November 1993
Northern Ireland  1–1  Republic of Ireland
Quinn Goal 74' Report McLoughlin Goal 78'
Windsor Park, Belfast
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)

17 November 1993
Spain  1–0  Denmark
Hierro Goal 63' Report

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only 37 of the entered teams actually competed in the qualification tournament: Germany qualified for the World Cup automatically as defending champions and Liechtenstein withdrew before the draw was made Additionally, Yugoslavia was suspended by FIFA due to UN sanctions stemming from the Yugoslav wars.
  2. ^ Other sources attribute this goal as an own goal by Baltušnikas of Lithuania.

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