2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 8

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 8 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised 2006 FIFA World Cup winner Italy, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia and Montenegro.

The group was won by Italy, who qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The runners-up the Republic of Ireland entered the UEFA play-off stage.

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 7 3 0 18 7 +11 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 6 0 12 8 +4 18
 Bulgaria 10 3 5 2 17 13 +4 14
 Cyprus 10 2 3 5 14 16 −2 9
 Montenegro 10 1 6 3 9 14 −5 9
 Georgia 10 0 3 7 7 19 −12 3
  Bulgaria Cyprus Georgia (country) Italy Montenegro Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria  2–0 6–2 0–0 4–1 1–1
Cyprus  4–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2
Georgia  0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–2
Italy  2–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Montenegro  2–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0
Republic of Ireland  1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–0


Matches[edit]

The representatives of the six federations met in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2008 to decide on a fixture calendar.[1]


6 September 2008
18:00 UTC+2
Georgia  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Kenia Goal 90+2' Report Doyle Goal 13'
Whelan Goal 70'
6 September 2008
20:00 UTC+2
Montenegro  2–2  Bulgaria
Vučinić Goal 61'
Jovetić Goal 82' (pen.)
Report S. Petrov Goal 11'
Georgiev Goal 90+2'
Pod Goricom, Podgorica
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Oleh Oriekhov (Ukraine)
6 September 2008
21:45 UTC+3
Cyprus  1–2  Italy
Aloneftis Goal 28' Report Di Natale Goal 8'90+2'

10 September 2008
19:00 UTC+2
Montenegro  0–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Pod Goricom, Podgorica
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Sten Kaldma (Estonia)
10 September 2008
20:50 UTC+2
Italy  2–0  Georgia
De Rossi Goal 17'89' Report
Stadio Friuli, Udine
Attendance: 27,164
Referee: Thomas Einwaller (Austria)

11 October 2008
20:30 UTC+4
Georgia  1–1  Cyprus
Kobiashvili Goal 73' Report Konstantinou Goal 66'
11 October 2008
21:15 UTC+3
Bulgaria  0–0  Italy
Report

15 October 2008
20:30 UTC+4
Georgia  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
15 October 2008
19:45 UTC+1
Republic of Ireland  1–0  Cyprus
Keane Goal 5' Report
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 55,833
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)
15 October 2008
20:50 UTC+2
Italy  2–1  Montenegro
Aquilani Goal 8'29' Report Vučinić Goal 19'
Via del Mare, Lecce
Attendance: 20,162
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

11 February 2009
19:45 UTC+0
Republic of Ireland  2–1  Georgia
Keane Goal 73' (pen.)78' Report Iashvili Goal 1'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Jouni Hyytia (Finland)

28 March 2009
20:00 UTC+2
Cyprus  2–1  Georgia
Konstantinou Goal 33'
Christofi Goal 56'
Report Kobiashvili Goal 71' (pen.)
28 March 2009
20:45 UTC+1
Montenegro  0–2  Italy
Report Pirlo Goal 11' (pen.)
Pazzini Goal 73'
Pod Goricom, Podgorica
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
28 March 2009
19:45 UTC+0
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Bulgaria
Dunne Goal 1' Report Kilbane Goal 74' (o.g.)
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 60,002
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

1 April 2009
18:00 UTC+3
Bulgaria  2–0  Cyprus
Popov Goal 8'
Makriev Goal 90+4'
Report
1 April 2009
21:00 UTC+4
Georgia  0–0  Montenegro
Report
1 April 2009
20:50 UTC+2
Italy  1–1  Republic of Ireland
Iaquinta Goal 10' Report Keane Goal 87'
Stadio San Nicola, Bari
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

6 June 2009
20:30 UTC+3
Bulgaria  1–1  Republic of Ireland
Telkiyski Goal 29' Report Dunne Goal 24'
6 June 2009
20:30 UTC+3
Cyprus  2–2  Montenegro
Konstantinou Goal 13'
Michael Goal 45' (pen.)
Report Damjanović Goal 65'77'

5 September 2009
20:30 UTC+3
Bulgaria  4–1  Montenegro
Kishishev Goal 45+1'
Telkiyski Goal 49'
Berbatov Goal 83'
Domovchiyski Goal 90+1'
Report Jovetić Goal 9'
5 September 2009
22:00 UTC+4
Georgia  0–2  Italy
Report Kaladze Goal 56' (o.g.)66' (o.g.)
Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland)
5 September 2009
21:30 UTC+3
Cyprus  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Elia Goal 30' Report Doyle Goal 5'
Keane Goal 83'
GSP Stadium, Nicosia
Attendance: 5,191
Referee: Thomas Einwaller (Austria)

9 September 2009
20:15 UTC+2
Montenegro  1–1  Cyprus
Vučinić Goal 56' (pen.) Report Okkas Goal 63'
Pod Goricom, Podgorica
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Carlo Bertolini (Switzerland)
9 September 2009
20:50 UTC+2
Italy  2–0  Bulgaria
Grosso Goal 11'
Iaquinta Goal 40'
Report
Stadio Olimpico, Turin
Attendance: 26,122
Referee: Florian Meyer (Germany)

10 October 2009
20:00 UTC+3
Cyprus  4–1  Bulgaria
Charalambides Goal 11'20'
Konstantinou Goal 58'
Aloneftis Goal 78'
Report Berbatov Goal 44'
10 October 2009
19:00 UTC+2
Montenegro  2–1  Georgia
Batak Goal 13'
Delibašić Goal 78'
Report Dvalishvili Goal 45'
Pod Goricom, Podgorica
Attendance: 5,420
Referee: Selçuk Dereli (Turkey)
10 October 2009
20:00 UTC+1
Republic of Ireland  2–2  Italy
Whelan Goal 8'
St Ledger Goal 87'
Report Camoranesi Goal 26'
Gilardino Goal 90'
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 70,670
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

14 October 2009
21:00 UTC+3
Bulgaria  6–2  Georgia
Berbatov Goal 6'23'35'
M. Petrov Goal 14'44'
Angelov Goal 31'
Report Dvalishvili Goal 34'
Kobiashvili Goal 51' (pen.)
14 October 2009
20:00 UTC+2
Italy  3–2  Cyprus
Gilardino Goal 78'81'90+2' Report Makrides Goal 12'
Michael Goal 48'
Stadio Ennio Tardini, Parma
Attendance: 15,009
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)
14 October 2009
19:00 UTC+1
Republic of Ireland  0–0  Montenegro
Report
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 36,442
Referee: Vladimír Hriňák (Slovakia)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Originally scheduled for Tbilisi, Georgia but moved to neutral venue due to the 2008 South Ossetia war. The original replacement venue was the Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe, Germany, but the ground became unavailable, so it was moved to the Stadion am Bruchweg in Mainz.[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 77 goals scored during the 30 games, an average 2.56 goals per game.

Pos Player Country Goals
1 Dimitar Berbatov  Bulgaria 5
Robbie Keane  Republic of Ireland
2 Michalis Konstantinou  Cyprus 4
Alberto Gilardino  Italy
3 Levan Kobiashvili  Georgia 3
Mirko Vučinić  Montenegro
4 Dimitar Telkiyski  Bulgaria 2
Martin Petrov  Bulgaria
Efstathios Aloneftis  Cyprus
Constantinos Charalambides  Cyprus
Chrysis Michael  Cyprus
Ioannis Okkas  Cyprus
Vladimir Dvalishvili  Georgia
Richard Dunne  Republic of Ireland
Kevin Doyle  Republic of Ireland
Glenn Whelan  Republic of Ireland
Alberto Aquilani  Italy
Daniele De Rossi  Italy
Antonio Di Natale  Italy
Vincenzo Iaquinta  Italy
Dejan Damjanović  Montenegro
Stevan Jovetić  Montenegro
1 goal

Attendances[edit]

Team Highest Lowest Average
 Bulgaria 45,000 700 22,432
 Cyprus 6,000 1,500 3,878
 Georgia 40,000 4,500 25,550
 Italy 48,000 15,009 27,291
 Montenegro 12,000 4,000 8,184
 Republic of Ireland 70,670 36,442 53,589

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup Group 8 Fixtures Announced". fai.ie. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Georgia-Republic of Ireland to take place in Mainz". FIFA.com. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.