2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group B was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.

The group winners, Italy, qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Denmark finished runners-up, but were ranked as the poorest of the nine group runners-up and so did not advance to the play-offs.[1]

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 6 4 0 19 9 +10 22
 Denmark 10 4 4 2 17 12 +5 16
 Czech Republic 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15
 Bulgaria 10 3 4 3 14 9 +5 13
 Armenia 10 4 1 5 12 13 −1 13
 Malta 10 1 0 9 5 28 −23 3
  Armenia Bulgaria Czech Republic Denmark Italy Malta
Armenia  2–1 0–3 0–1 1–3 0–1
Bulgaria  1–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 6–0
Czech Republic  1–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–1
Denmark  0–4 1–1 0–0 2–2 6–0
Italy  2–2 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–0
Malta  0–1 1–2 1–4 1–2 0–2
  Winner qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Denmark was ranked as the worst runner-up among all nine groups (having scored fewer points than the other eight) and so they failed to advance to the play-offs.

Matches[edit]

The match schedule was determined at a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on 28 November 2011.[2]

7 September 2012
20:00 UTC+2
Malta  0–1  Armenia
Report Sarkisov Goal 70'
National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 3,517
Referee: Rene Eisner (Austria)
7 September 2012
21:45 UTC+3
Bulgaria  2–2  Italy
Manolev Goal 30'
G. Milanov Goal 66'
Report Osvaldo Goal 36'40'
8 September 2012
20:15 UTC+2
Denmark  0–0  Czech Republic
Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 24,004
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

11 September 2012
21:00 UTC+3
Bulgaria  1–0  Armenia
Manolev Goal 43' Report
11 September 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Italy  2–0  Malta
Destro Goal 5'
Peluso Goal 90+2'
Report
Stadio Alberto Braglia, Modena
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland)

12 October 2012
18:00 UTC+2
Czech Republic  3–1  Malta
Gebre Selassie Goal 34'
Pekhart Goal 52'
Rezek Goal 67'
Report Briffa Goal 38'
Stadion města Plzně, Plzeň
Attendance: 10,358
Referee: Anar Salmanov (Azerbaijan)
12 October 2012
21:00 UTC+4
Armenia  1–3  Italy
Mkhitaryan Goal 28' Report Pirlo Goal 11' (pen.)
De Rossi Goal 64'
Osvaldo Goal 82'
Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan
Attendance: 25,000[3]
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)
12 October 2012
21:00 UTC+3
Bulgaria  1–1  Denmark
Rangelov Goal 7' Report Bendtner Goal 40'

16 October 2012
20:00 UTC+2
Czech Republic  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
Generali Arena, Prague
Attendance: 16,163
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
16 October 2012
20:45 UTC+2
Italy  3–1  Denmark
Montolivo Goal 34'
De Rossi Goal 37'
Balotelli Goal 54'
Report Kvist Goal 45+1'
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Attendance: 37,027
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

22 March 2013
18:00 UTC+2
Bulgaria  6–0  Malta
Tonev Goal 6'38'68'
I. Popov Goal 47'
Gargorov Goal 55'
Ivanov Goal 78'
Report
22 March 2013
20:30 UTC+1
Czech Republic  0–3  Denmark
Report Cornelius Goal 57'
Kjær Goal 67'
Zimling Goal 83'
Andrův stadion, Olomouc
Attendance: 12,288
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (Portugal)

26 March 2013
20:00 UTC+4
Armenia  0–3  Czech Republic
Report Vydra Goal 47'81'
Kolář Goal 90+4'
Republican Stadium, Yerevan
Attendance: 14,403
Referee: Cristian Balaj (Romania)
26 March 2013
20:15 UTC+1
Denmark  1–1  Bulgaria
Agger Goal 63' (pen.) Report Manolev Goal 51'
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 22,357
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (Turkey)
26 March 2013
20:45 UTC+1
Malta  0–2  Italy
Report Balotelli Goal 8' (pen.)45'

7 June 2013
20:00 UTC+4
Armenia  0–1  Malta
Report Mifsud Goal 8'
7 June 2013
20:45 UTC+2
Czech Republic  0–0  Italy
Report
Generali Arena, Prague
Attendance: 18,235
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

11 June 2013
20:15 UTC+2
Denmark  0–4  Armenia
Report Movsisyan Goal 1'59'
Özbiliz Goal 19'
Mkhitaryan Goal 82'
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 14,284
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (Russia)

6 September 2013
18:00 UTC+2
Czech Republic  1–2  Armenia
Rosický Goal 70' Report Mkrtchyan Goal 30'
Ghazaryan Goal 90+2'
Eden Arena, Prague
Attendance: 17,628
Referee: Antony Gautier (France)
6 September 2013
20:00 UTC+2
Malta  1–2  Denmark
Failla Goal 38' Report Andreasen Goal 2'
Camilleri Goal 52' (o.g.)
6 September 2013
20:45 UTC+2
Italy  1–0  Bulgaria
Gilardino Goal 38' Report

10 September 2013
20:00 UTC+4
Armenia  0–1  Denmark
Report Agger Goal 73' (pen.)
Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
10 September 2013
20:00 UTC+2
Malta  1–2  Bulgaria
Herrera Goal 77' Report Dimitrov Goal 9'
Gargorov Goal 59'
National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 4,884
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)
10 September 2013
20:45 UTC+2
Italy  2–1  Czech Republic
Chiellini Goal 51'
Balotelli Goal 54' (pen.)
Report Kozák Goal 19'
Juventus Stadium, Turin
Attendance: 35,299
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

11 October 2013
19:00 UTC+4
Armenia  2–1  Bulgaria
Özbiliz Goal 45+1'
Movsisyan Goal 87'
Report Popov Goal 61'
Republican Stadium, Yerevan
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
11 October 2013
19:30 UTC+2
Malta  1–4  Czech Republic
Mifsud Goal 47' Report Hübschman Goal 3'
Lafata Goal 33'
Kadlec Goal 51'
Pekhart Goal 90'
National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 4,530
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
11 October 2013
20:15 UTC+2
Denmark  2–2  Italy
Bendtner Goal 45+1'79' Report Osvaldo Goal 28'
Aquilani Goal 90+1'
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 35,305
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (France)

15 October 2013
21:15 UTC+3
Bulgaria  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Dočkal Goal 51'
15 October 2013
20:15 UTC+2
Denmark  6–0  Malta
Rasmussen Goal 8'74'
Agger Goal 11' (pen.)39' (pen.)
Bjelland Goal 28'
Nielsen Goal 84'
Report
Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 11,479
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Macedonia)
15 October 2013
20:45 UTC+2
Italy  2–2  Armenia
Florenzi Goal 24'
Balotelli Goal 76'
Report Movsisyan Goal 5'
Mkhitaryan Goal 70'
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Notes
  1. ^ Bulgaria v Malta was played without spectators due to sanctions imposed by FIFA as a result of racist chanting by Bulgarian supporters.[4]

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 80 goals in 30 games for an average of 2.63 goals per game.

5 goals
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 Ivan Bandalovski  Bulgaria 2 1 vs Denmark (12 October 2012) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Gevorg Ghazaryan  Armenia 2 1 vs Italy (12 October 2012)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Mario Balotelli  Italy 3 1 vs Bulgaria (6 September 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
FW Marcos Pizzelli  Armenia 0 1 vs Italy (12 October 2012) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
FW Pablo Daniel Osvaldo  Italy 0 1 vs Armenia (12 October 2012)
vs Malta (26 March 2013
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Sargis Hovsepyan  Armenia 2 0 vs Italy (12 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Andreas Cornelius  Denmark 2 0 vs Italy (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF William Kvist  Denmark 3 0 vs Czech Republic (23 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Karlen Mkrtchyan  Armenia 2 0 vs Czech Republic (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Hrayr Mkoyan  Armenia 2 0 vs Czech Republic (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Arthur Yedigaryan  Armenia 5 0 vs Czech Republic (26 March 2013)
vs Denmark (10 September 2013)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Daniele De Rossi  Italy 2 0 vs Malta (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Yordan Minev  Bulgaria 2 0 vs Denmark (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Nicolai Jørgensen  Denmark 2 0 vs Armenia (11 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Georgi Milanov  Bulgaria 2 0 vs Italy (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Luke Dimech  Malta 2 0 vs Denmark (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Alex Muscat  Malta 2 0 vs Denmark (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Vladimir Darida  Czech Republic 2 0 vs Armenia (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Robert Arzumanyan  Armenia 3 0 vs Denmark (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Yura Movsisyan  Armenia 3 0 vs Denmark (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Roderick Briffa  Malta 2 0 vs Bulgaria (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Varazdat Haroyan  Armenia 3 1 vs Bulgaria (11 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF André Schembri  Malta 2 0 vs Czech Republic (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Daniel Kolář  Czech Republic 2 1 vs Malta (11 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
ST Libor Kozák  Czech Republic 2 0 vs Malta (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Yordan Minev  Bulgaria 2 0 vs Czech Republic (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Svetoslav Dyakov  Bulgaria 3 1 vs Czech Republic (15 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Nikolay Bodurov  Bulgaria 1 1 vs Czech Republic (15 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
ST Michael Mifsud  Malta 2 0 vs Denmark (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Tomáš Sivok  Czech Republic 2 0 vs Bulgaria (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Niki Zimling  Denmark 2 0 vs Malta (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Nicklas Bendtner  Denmark 2 0 vs Malta (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Nicolai Boilesen  Denmark 2 0 vs Malta (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches

Attendances[edit]

Team Total Highest Lowest Average
 Armenia 81,903 25,000 8,500 16,381
 Bulgaria 77,120 25,464 0 15,424
 Czech Republic 74,672 18,235 10,358 14,934
 Denmark 107,429 35,305 11,479 21,486
 Italy 140,988 37,027 18,000 28,198
 Malta 35,518 18,000 3,517 7,104

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