2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A

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Belgium defending against a Serbian corner in an away match

The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group A was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Belgium, Croatia, Macedonia, Scotland, Serbia and Wales.

The group winners, Belgium, qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Croatia placed among the eight best runners-up and advanced to the play-offs, where they were drawn to play home-and-away games against Iceland.[1][2] Croatia emerged victorious out of the two games and also qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[3]

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belgium 10 8 2 0 18 4 +14 26
 Croatia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17
 Serbia 10 4 2 4 18 11 +7 14
 Scotland 10 3 2 5 8 12 −4 11
 Wales 10 3 1 6 9 20 −11 10
 Macedonia 10 2 1 7 7 16 −9 7
  Belgium Croatia Republic of Macedonia Scotland Serbia Wales
Belgium  1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1
Croatia  1–2 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0
Macedonia  0–2 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1
Scotland  0–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–2
Serbia  0–3 1–1 5–1 2–0 6–1
Wales  0–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 0–3
  Winner qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  Runner-up (ranked as one of the eight best runners-up among all nine groups) advanced to the second round (play-offs)

Matches[edit]

The match schedule was determined at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 November 2011.[4]

7 September 2012
20:15 UTC+2
Croatia  1–0  Macedonia
Jelavić Goal 69' Report
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 13,883
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)
7 September 2012
19:45 UTC+1
Wales  0–2  Belgium
Report Kompany Goal 42'
Vertonghen Goal 83'
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 20,156
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
8 September 2012
15:00 UTC+1
Scotland  0–0  Serbia
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 47,369
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

11 September 2012
20:30 UTC+2
Serbia  6–1  Wales
Kolarov Goal 16'
Tošić Goal 24'
Đuričić Goal 37'
Tadić Goal 55'
Ivanović Goal 80'
Sulejmani Goal 90'
Report Bale Goal 31'
Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad
Attendance: 10,660
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)
11 September 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Belgium  1–1  Croatia
Gillet Goal 45+1' Report Perišić Goal 6'
11 September 2012
20:00 UTC+1
Scotland  1–1  Macedonia
Miller Goal 43' Report Noveski Goal 11'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 32,430
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

12 October 2012
20:30 UTC+2
Macedonia  1–2  Croatia
Ibraimi Goal 16' Report Ćorluka Goal 33'
Rakitić Goal 60'
Philip II Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 25,230
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (Denmark)
12 October 2012
20:30 UTC+2
Serbia  0–3  Belgium
Report Benteke Goal 34'
De Bruyne Goal 68'
Mirallas Goal 90+1'
12 October 2012
19:45 UTC+1
Wales  2–1  Scotland
Bale Goal 80' (pen.)87' Report Morrison Goal 27'
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 23,249
Referee: Florian Meyer (Germany)

16 October 2012
20:00 UTC+2
Croatia  2–0  Wales
Mandžukić Goal 27'
Eduardo Goal 57'
Report
Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)
16 October 2012
20:30 UTC+2
Macedonia  1–0  Serbia
Ibraimi Goal 59' (pen.) Report
Philip II Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 26,181
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
16 October 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Belgium  2–0  Scotland
Benteke Goal 68'
Kompany Goal 71'
Report
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 44,132
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (Norway)

22 March 2013
18:00 UTC+1
Croatia  2–0  Serbia
Mandžukić Goal 23'
Olić Goal 37'
Report
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 35,722
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
22 March 2013
20:45 UTC+1
Macedonia  0–2  Belgium
Report De Bruyne Goal 26'
Hazard Goal 62' (pen.)
Philip II Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 15,947
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
22 March 2013
20:00 UTC±0
Scotland  1–2  Wales
Hanley Goal 45+2' Report Ramsey Goal 72' (pen.)
Robson-Kanu Goal 74'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 39,365
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)

26 March 2013
20:30 UTC+1
Serbia  2–0  Scotland
Đuričić Goal 60'66' Report
Stadion Karađorđe, Novi Sad
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
26 March 2013
20:45 UTC+1
Belgium  1–0  Macedonia
Hazard Goal 62' Report
26 March 2013
19:45 UTC±0
Wales  1–2  Croatia
Bale Goal 21' (pen.) Report Lovren Goal 77'
Eduardo Goal 87'
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Attendance: 12,534
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)

7 June 2013
20:15 UTC+2
Croatia  0–1  Scotland
Report Snodgrass Goal 26'
7 June 2013
20:45 UTC+2
Belgium  2–1  Serbia
De Bruyne Goal 13'
Fellaini Goal 60'
Report Kolarov Goal 87'
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 45,844
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)

6 September 2013
19:00 UTC+2
Macedonia  2–1  Wales
Tričkovski Goal 20'
Trajkovski Goal 80'
Report Ramsey Goal 39' (pen.)
Philip II Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Sascha Kever (Switzerland)
6 September 2013
20:45 UTC+2
Serbia  1–1  Croatia
Mitrović Goal 66' Report Mandžukić Goal 53'
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
6 September 2013
20:00 UTC+1
Scotland  0–2  Belgium
Report Defour Goal 34'
Mirallas Goal 89'
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 40,284
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)

10 September 2013
20:30 UTC+2
Macedonia  1–2  Scotland
Kostovski Goal 85' Report Anya Goal 60'
Maloney Goal 89'
Philip II Arena, Skopje
Attendance: 14,093
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (France)
10 September 2013
19:45 UTC+1
Wales  0–3  Serbia
Report Đorđević Goal 8'
Kolarov Goal 38'
Marković Goal 55'
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 10,923
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

11 October 2013
18:00 UTC+2
Croatia  1–2  Belgium
Kranjčar Goal 84' Report Lukaku Goal 16'38'
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
11 October 2013
19:45 UTC+1
Wales  1–0  Macedonia
Church Goal 67' Report
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 11,257
Referee: Suren Baliyan (Armenia)

15 October 2013
20:30 UTC+2
Serbia  5–1  Macedonia
Tosic Goal 16'
Basta Goal 19'
Kolarov Goal 38' (pen.)
Tadić Goal 54'
Šćepović Goal 74'
Report Jahović Goal 83'
Stadion Jagodina, Jagodina
Attendance: 8,294
Referee: Richard Trutz (Slovakia)
15 October 2013
21:00 UTC+2
Belgium  1–1  Wales
De Bruyne Goal 64' Report Ramsey Goal 88'
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 45,401
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
15 October 2013
20:00 UTC+1
Scotland  2–0  Croatia
Snodgrass Goal 28'
Naismith Goal 73'
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 30,172
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 72 goals scored over 30 games, for an average of 2.40 goals per game.

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Discipline[edit]

Pos Player Country Booked Red card Suspended for match(es) Reason
DF Milan Biševac  Serbia 4 0 vs Croatia (22 March 2013)
vs Croatia (6 September 2013)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Guillaume Gillet  Belgium 2 0 vs Serbia (12 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Aaron Ramsey  Wales 2 0 vs Croatia (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ognjen Vukojević  Croatia 3 0 vs Wales (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Goran Pandev  Macedonia 3 0 vs Serbia (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Daniel Georgievski  Macedonia 2 0 vs Belgium (22 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Aleksandar Kolarov  Serbia 2 0 vs Scotland (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Boban Grncarov  Macedonia 2 0 vs Belgium (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Muhamed Demiri  Macedonia 2 0 vs Belgium (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Matija Nastasić  Serbia 2 0 vs Belgium (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Charlie Adam  Scotland 2 0 vs Croatia (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Vedran Ćorluka  Croatia 3 0 vs Scotland (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Dejan Lovren  Croatia 2 0 vs Scotland (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Luka Modrić  Croatia 3 0 vs Scotland (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ferhan Hasani  Macedonia 2 0 vs Wales (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Hal Robson-Kanu  Wales 2 0 vs Macedonia (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
GK Allan McGregor  Scotland 2 0 vs Belgium (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Agim Ibraimi  Macedonia 2 0 vs Scotland (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
ST Aleksandar Mitrovic  Serbia 2 0 vs Wales (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Zoran Tošić  Serbia 2 0 vs Wales (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Darijo Srna  Croatia 2 0 vs Belgium (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Steven Whittaker  Scotland 2 0 vs Croatia (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Andrew Crofts  Wales 2 0 vs Macedonia (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match
MF Ljubomir Fejsa  Serbia 2 0 vs Macedonia (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Marouane Fellaini  Belgium 2 0 vs Wales (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Vanče Šikov  Macedonia 2 0 vs Serbia (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF James Collins  Wales 0 1 vs Serbia (11 September 2012) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Nenad Tomović  Serbia 0 1 vs Croatia (22 March 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Robert Snodgrass  Scotland 4 1 vs Serbia (26 March 2013)
vs Macedonia (10 September 2013)
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Aaron Ramsey  Wales 0 1 vs Croatia (26 March 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Nemanja Matić  Serbia 2 1 vs Wales (10 September 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Josip Šimunić  Croatia 1 1 vs Belgium (11 October 2013)
vs Scotland (15 October 2013)
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Preliminary Competition Format and Draw Procedures – European Zone". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "European play-off ties confirmed". FIFA. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ten-man Croatia sink Iceland to qualify". FIFA. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rode Duivels openen WK-kwalificatie met drieluik Wales-Kroatië-Servië" [Red Devils open World Cup qualifiers with Wales-Croatia-Serbia treble]. hln.be (in Dutch). 23 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 

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