2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 2

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 2 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia and Luxembourg.

The group was won by Switzerland, who qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The runners-up Greece entered the UEFA play-off stage.

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Switzerland 10 6 3 1 18 8 +10 21
 Greece 10 6 2 2 20 10 +10 20
 Latvia 10 5 2 3 18 15 +3 17
 Israel 10 4 4 2 20 10 +10 16
 Luxembourg 10 1 2 7 4 25 −21 5
 Moldova 10 0 3 7 6 18 −12 3
  Greece Israel Latvia Luxembourg Moldova Switzerland
Greece  2–1 5–2 2–1 3–0 1–2
Israel  1–1 0–1 7–0 3–1 2–2
Latvia  0–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–2
Luxembourg  0–3 1–3 0–4 0–0 0–3
Moldova  1–1 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–2
Switzerland  2–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–0


Matches[edit]

The match schedule was established at a meeting in Israel on 8 January 2008.[1] However, Greece and Latvia failed to come to an agreement on matches between themselves, and, since the match schedule was not finalised by 16 January 2008 deadline, FIFA conducted a random draw to determine the fixtures.[2][3] The draw took place in Zagreb, Croatia at 16:00 CET on 30 January 2008, the eve of the XXXII Ordinary UEFA Congress.[4]


6 September 2008
19:00 UTC+3
Moldova  1–2  Latvia
Alexeev Goal 76' Report Karlsons Goal 8'
Astafjevs Goal 22'
6 September 2008
20:55 UTC+3
Israel  2–2  Switzerland
Benayoun Goal 73'
Sahar Goal 90+2'
Report Yakin Goal 45'
Nkufo Goal 56'
Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 29,600
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)
6 September 2008
20:15 UTC+2
Luxembourg  0–3  Greece
Report Torosidis Goal 36'
Gekas Goal 45+1'
Charisteas Goal 76' (pen.)

10 September 2008
20:30 UTC+3
Moldova  1–2  Israel
Picusceac Goal 1' Report Golan Goal 39'
Saban Goal 45'
10 September 2008
21:15 UTC+3
Latvia  0–2  Greece
Report Gekas Goal 10'49'
Skonto Stadions, Riga
Attendance: 8,600
Referee: Tony Chapron (France)
10 September 2008
20:30 UTC+2
Switzerland  1–2  Luxembourg
Nkufo Goal 43' Report Strasser Goal 27'
A. Leweck Goal 87'
Letzigrund, Zürich
Attendance: 20,500
Referee: Dejan Filipovic (Serbia)

11 October 2008
17:45 UTC+2
Switzerland  2–1  Latvia
Frei Goal 63'
Nkufo Goal 73'
Report Ivanovs Goal 71'
11 October 2008
20:15 UTC+2
Luxembourg  1–3  Israel
Peters Goal 14' Report Benayoun Goal 2' (pen.)
Golan Goal 54'
Tuama Goal 81'
Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg
Attendance: 3,562
Referee: Igor Egorov (Russia)
11 October 2008
21:30 UTC+3
Greece  3–0  Moldova
Charisteas Goal 31'51'
Katsouranis Goal 40'
Report
Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Attendance: 13,684
Referee: Espen Berntsen (Norway)

15 October 2008
19:00 UTC+3
Latvia  1–1  Israel
Koļesņičenko Goal 89' Report Benayoun Goal 50'
Skonto Stadions, Riga
Attendance: 7,100
Referee: Vladimír Hriňák (Slovakia)
15 October 2008
20:15 UTC+2
Luxembourg  0–0  Moldova
Report
Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg
Attendance: 2,157
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
15 October 2008
21:30 UTC+3
Greece  1–2  Switzerland
Charisteas Goal 68' Report Frei Goal 42' (pen.)
Nkufo Goal 77'

28 March 2009
17:00 UTC+1
Luxembourg  0–4  Latvia
Report Karlsons Goal 25'
Cauņa Goal 48'
Višņakovs Goal 71'
Perepļotkins Goal 86'
Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg
Attendance: 2,516
Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales)
28 March 2009
18:45 UTC+2
Moldova  0–2  Switzerland
Report Frei Goal 32'
Fernandes Goal 90+3'
Zimbru Stadium, Chişinău
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Dougie McDonald (Scotland)
28 March 2009
21:00 UTC+2
Israel  1–1  Greece
Golan Goal 55' Report Gekas Goal 42'
Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

1 April 2009
18:30 UTC+3
Latvia  2–0  Luxembourg
Žigajevs Goal 44'
Verpakovskis Goal 76'
Report
Skonto Stadions, Riga
Attendance: 6,700
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (Turkey)
1 April 2009
21:30 UTC+3
Greece  2–1  Israel
Salpingidis Goal 32'
Samaras Goal 67' (pen.)
Report Barda Goal 60'
1 April 2009
20:30 UTC+2
Switzerland  2–0  Moldova
Nkufo Goal 20'
Frei Goal 52'
Report
Stade de Genève, Geneva
Attendance: 20,100
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

5 September 2009
19:00 UTC+3
Moldova  0–0  Luxembourg
Report
5 September 2009
21:00 UTC+3
Israel  0–1  Latvia
Report Gorkšs Goal 59'
Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Knut Kircher (Germany)
5 September 2009
20:30 UTC+2
Switzerland  2–0  Greece
Grichting Goal 84'
Padalino Goal 87'
Report
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 38,500
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

9 September 2009
21:00 UTC+3
Israel  7–0  Luxembourg
Barda Goal 9'21'43'
Baruchyan Goal 15'
Golan Goal 58'
Sahar Goal 62'84'
Report
Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 7,038
Referee: Michael Svendsen (Denmark)
9 September 2009
21:30 UTC+3
Latvia  2–2  Switzerland
Cauņa Goal 62'
Astafjevs Goal 75'
Report Frei Goal 43'
Derdiyok Goal 80'
Skonto Stadions, Riga
Attendance: 8,600
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (Czech Republic)
9 September 2009
21:30 UTC+3
Moldova  1–1  Greece
Andronic Goal 90' Report Gekas Goal 33'
Zimbru Stadium, Chişinău
Attendance: 9,870
Referee: Daniel Stålhammar (Sweden)

10 October 2009
17:45 UTC+2
Luxembourg  0–3  Switzerland
Report Senderos Goal 6'8'
Huggel Goal 22'
10 October 2009
21:00 UTC+2
Israel  3–1  Moldova
Barda Goal 22'70'
Ben Dayan Goal 65'
Report Calincov Goal 90+2'
Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 8,700
Referee: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
10 October 2009
21:30 UTC+3
Greece  5–2  Latvia
Gekas Goal 4'47' (pen.)57'90+1'
Samaras Goal 73'
Report Verpakovskis Goal 12'40'
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 18,981
Referee: Tom Henning Øvrebø (Norway)

14 October 2009
21:00 UTC+3
Greece  2–1  Luxembourg
Torosidis Goal 30'
Gekas Goal 33'
Report Papadopoulos Goal 90' (o.g.)
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 13,932
Referee: Darko Čeferin (Slovenia)
14 October 2009
21:00 UTC+3
Latvia  3–2  Moldova
Rubins Goal 32'44'
Grebis Goal 76'
Report Ovseannicov Goal 25'
Sofroni Goal 90'
Skonto Stadions, Riga
Attendance: 3,800
Referee: Jouni Hyytiä (Finland)
14 October 2009
20:00 UTC+2
Switzerland  0–0  Israel
Report
St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 38,500
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 86 goals scored during the 30 games, an average of 2.86 goals per game.

Pos Player Country Goals
1 Theofanis Gekas  Greece 10
2 Elyaniv Barda  Israel 6
3 Alexander Frei  Switzerland 5
Blaise Nkufo  Switzerland
5 Angelos Charisteas  Greece 4
Omer Golan  Israel
7 Yossi Benayoun  Israel 3
Ben Sahar  Israel
Māris Verpakovskis  Latvia
10 Georgios Samaras  Greece 2
Vasilis Torosidis  Greece
Vitālijs Astafjevs  Latvia
Aleksandrs Cauņa  Latvia
Ģirts Karlsons  Latvia
Andrejs Rubins  Latvia
Philippe Senderos  Switzerland
1 goal

Attendances[edit]

Team Highest Lowest Average
 Greece 28,810 13,684 19,640
 Israel 38,000 7,038 20,668
 Latvia 8,600 3,600 6,960
 Luxembourg 8,031 2,157 4,172
 Moldova 10,500 4,300 8,598
 Switzerland 38,500 18,026 27,125

References[edit]