2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA play-off)

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup European Qualification Playoffs were a set of home-and-away playoffs to decide the final three places granted to national football teams from European nations (more precisely, UEFA members) for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

By the rules of the UEFA qualifying tournament, the first-place finishers in each of eight groups received automatic berths, along with the two second-place teams that had earned the most points against teams in the top six of their individual groups.

The six remaining second-place teams were divided into two pots based on their standings in the September 2005 FIFA World Rankings. The division was:

Pot 1
Pot 2

A draw was held on 14 October 2005 at FIFA headquarters in Zürich to pair each team from Pot 1 with a team from Pot 2. A second draw at the same time and location determined the order of the fixtures.

The playoffs were decided by the standard FIFA method of aggregate score, with away goals and, if necessary, extra time with the possibility of a penalty shootout at the end of the second leg. The winner of each playoff was awarded a place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

First leg[edit]

12 November 2005
22:00 CET
Spain  5–1  Slovakia
Luis García Goal 10'18'74'
Torres Goal 65' (pen.)
Morientes Goal 79'
Report Németh Goal 49'

12 November 2005
20:45 CET
Switzerland  2–0  Turkey
Senderos Goal 41'
Behrami Goal 86'
Report
Stade de Suisse, Berne
Attendance: 31,130
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

12 November 2005
19:30 CET
Norway  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Šmicer Goal 31'
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Attendance: 24,264
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)

Second leg[edit]

16 November 2005
20:15 CET
Slovakia  1–1  Spain
Hološko Goal 50' Report Villa Goal 71'
Tehelné pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 23,587
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Spain won 6–2 on aggregate.


16 November 2005
20:15 EET
Turkey  4–2  Switzerland
Tuncay Goal 22'36'89'
Necati Goal 52' (pen.)
Report Frei Goal 2' (pen.)
Streller Goal 84'

Switzerland 4–4 Turkey. Switzerland won on away goals.


16 November 2005
20:15 CET
Czech Republic  1–0  Norway
Rosický Goal 35' Report
Toyota Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,464
Referee: Graham Poll (England)

Czech Republic won 2–0 on aggregate.