2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round

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The UEFA Second Round was contested by the best eight runners-up from the nine first round groups from the UEFA segment of the qualification tournament for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in football. The winners — Croatia, France, Greece, and Portugal — of each of four home and away ties joined the group winners in the World Cup in Brazil. The matches, which are often referred to as 'play-offs', were held on 15 and 19 November 2013.

The draw for the ties was held in Zürich on 21 October,[1] with the October 2013 FIFA World Rankings used to decide which of the teams would be seeded.[1]

Qualified teams[edit]

The eight best runners-up from the UEFA First Round qualified for the play-offs; with one group having one team fewer than the others, matches against the sixth-placed team in each First Round group are not included in this ranking. As a result, eight matches played by each team counted for the purposes of ranking the runners-up (below table).

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

The eight best runners-up were determined by the following parameters in this order:

  1. Highest number of points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Highest number of goals scored
Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
G  Greece 8 6 1 1 9 4 +5 19
I  France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
F  Portugal 8 4 3 1 15 8 +7 15
H  Ukraine 8 4 3 1 11 4 +7 15
C  Sweden 8 4 2 2 15 13 +2 14
E  Iceland 8 4 2 2 15 14 +1 14
D  Romania 8 4 1 3 11 12 −1 13
A  Croatia 8 3 2 3 9 8 +1 11
B  Denmark 8 2 4 2 9 11 −2 10

Seeding and draw[edit]

The second round draw took place at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich on 21 October at 14:00 UTC+2.[2] October 2013 FIFA World Rankings was used to decide which of the teams would be seeded (shown below in brackets).[1]

The following teams participated in the second round:[3][4]

Pot 1 Pot 2

Matches[edit]

The draw was conducted by Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, with the assistance of former Switzerland international Alexander Frei. The matches were played on 15 and 19 November 2013.[5][6][7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Portugal  4–2  Sweden 1–0 3–2
Ukraine  2–3  France 2–0 0–3
Greece  4–2  Romania 3–1 1–1
Iceland  0–2  Croatia 0–0 0–2
15 November 2013
19:45 UTC±0
Portugal  1–0  Sweden
Ronaldo Goal 82' Report
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 61,467
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
19 November 2013
20:45 UTC+1
Sweden  2–3  Portugal
Ibrahimović Goal 68'72' Report Ronaldo Goal 50'77'79'
Friends Arena, Solna
Attendance: 49,766
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


15 November 2013
21:45 UTC+2
Ukraine  2–0  France
Zozulya Goal 62'
Yarmolenko Goal 82' (pen.)
Report
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Attendance: 67,732
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
19 November 2013
21:00 UTC+1
France  3–0  Ukraine
Sakho Goal 22'72'
Benzema Goal 34'
Report
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,098
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

France won 3–2 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


15 November 2013
21:45 UTC+2
Greece  3–1  Romania
Mitroglou Goal 14'67'
Salpingidis Goal 21'
Report Stancu Goal 19'
Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus
Attendance: 26,200
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
19 November 2013
21:00 UTC+2
Romania  1–1  Greece
Torosidis Goal 55' (o.g.) Report Mitroglou Goal 23'
Arena Națională, Bucharest
Attendance: 49,793
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

Greece won 4–2 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


15 November 2013
19:00 UTC±0
Iceland  0–0  Croatia
Report
19 November 2013
20:15 UTC+1
Croatia  2–0  Iceland
Mandžukić Goal 27'
Srna Goal 47'
Report
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 22,612
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Croatia won 2–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Discipline[edit]

Pos Player Country Booked Red card Suspended for match(es) Reason
DF Birkir Már Sævarsson  Iceland 2 0 vs Croatia (15 November 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ognjen Vukojević  Croatia 2 0 vs Iceland (15 November 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Panagiotis Kone  Greece 2 0 vs Romania (15 November 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ólafur Ingi Skúlason  Iceland 0 1 vs Croatia (19 November 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
FW Mario Mandzukic  Croatia 0 1 vs Brazil (12 June 2014) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Costin Lazăr  Romania 2 1 vs Greece (19 November 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Laurent Koscielny  France 0 1 vs Ukraine (19 November 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Artem Fedetskyi  Ukraine 2 0 vs France (19 November 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Oleksandr Kucher  Ukraine 2 1 vs France (19 November 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dates set for African and European qualifying draws". FIFA. 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Watch the European play-off draw on FIFA.com". uefa.com. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "World Cup play-off seeds confirmed". uefa.com. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "European play-off draw procedures explained". FIFA.com. 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "European hopefuls learn play-off fate". FIFA.com. 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "World Cup 2014 play-offs draw – live!". Guardian UK. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

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