1998 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the European zone (UEFA).

A total of 50 UEFA teams entered the competition. The European zone was allocated 15 places (out of 32) in the final tournament. France, the hosts, qualified automatically, leaving 14 spots open for competition between 49 teams.

The 49 teams were divided into nine groups, four groups of six teams and five groups of five teams. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would be ranked according to their records against the 1st, 3rd and 4th-placed team in their groups, and the team with the best record would also qualify. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA Play-offs.

In the play-offs, the 8 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would qualify.

Qualification seeding (UEFA)[edit]

The draw was made on 12 December 1995, and was based on the November 1995 FIFA World Rankings.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3

 Germany
 Spain
 Italy
 Russia
 Norway
 Denmark
 Netherlands
 Sweden
 Romania

 Bulgaria
  Switzerland
 Portugal
 Czech Republic
 England
 Republic of Ireland
 Scotland
 Belgium
 Greece

 Turkey
 Poland
 Slovakia
 Austria
 Croatia
 Israel
 Finland
 Lithuania
 Northern Ireland

Pool 4 Pool 5 Pool 6

 Iceland
 Latvia
 Wales
 Hungary
 Cyprus
 Ukraine
 Slovenia
 Georgia
 Yugoslavia

 Albania
 Belarus
 Malta
 Macedonia

 Luxembourg
 Moldova
 Armenia
 Faroe Islands
 Estonia
 Azerbaijan
 San Marino
 Liechtenstein
 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Summary[edit]

  Winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified directly for the 1998 FIFA World Cup
  The Runners-up advanced to the second round (play-offs)
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9

Denmark

England

Norway

Austria

Bulgaria

Spain

Netherlands

Romania

Germany

Croatia

Italy

Hungary

Scotland

Russia

Yugoslavia

Belgium

Republic of Ireland

Ukraine

Greece

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Slovenia

Poland

Georgia

Moldova

Finland

Switzerland

Azerbaijan

Sweden

Latvia

Estonia

Belarus

Israel

Cyprus

Luxembourg

Czech Republic

Slovakia

Faroe Islands

Malta

Turkey

Wales

San Marino

Lithuania

Macedonia

Iceland

Liechtenstein

Portugal

Armenia

Northern Ireland

Albania

Group 1[edit]

Key:

  • Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
  • Teams highlighted in blue qualified for the Play-offs.

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Denmark 8 5 2 1 14 6 8 17
2  Croatia 8 4 3 1 17 12 5 15
3  Greece 8 4 2 2 11 4 7 14
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 3 0 5 9 14 −5 9
5  Slovenia 8 0 1 7 5 20 −15 1

Results[edit]

April 24, 1996
Greece  2–0  Slovenia
Lima-Batista Goal 55'
Nikolaidis Goal 65'
(Report)
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 5,053
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

September 1, 1996
Slovenia  0–2  Denmark
(Report) A. Nielsen Goal 78'
Schjønberg Goal 89'


October 8, 1996
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–4  Croatia
Salihamidžić Goal 25' (Report) Bilić Goal 13'
Vlaović Goal 32'
Bokšić Goal 64'85'

October 9, 1996
Denmark  2–1  Greece
Zagorakis Goal 25' (o.g.)
B. Laudrup Goal 52'
(Report) Donis Goal 35'
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 40,262
Referee: Paul Durkin (England)

November 10, 1996
Croatia  1–1  Greece
Šuker Goal 44' (Report) Nikolaidis Goal 9'
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)

November 10, 1996
Slovenia  1–2  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zahovič Goal 41' (pen.) Report Bolić Goal 5'
Kodro Goal 33'
Stadion za Bežigradom, Ljubljana
Attendance: 3,200
Referee: Charles Agius (Malta)

March 29, 1997
Croatia  1–1  Denmark
Šuker Goal 49' Report B. Laudrup Goal 82'
Poljud, Split
Attendance: 33,865
Referee: Piero Ceccarini (Italy)

April 2, 1997
Croatia  3–3  Slovenia
Prosinečki Goal 33'
Boban Goal 43'60'
Report Gliha Goal 45'65'66'
Poljud, Split
Attendance: 15,365
Referee: Paul Durkin (England)

April 2, 1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–1  Greece
Report Frantzeskos Goal 73'
Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Alain Sars (France)

April 30, 1997
Denmark  4–0  Slovenia
A. Nielsen Goal 3'55'
Pedersen Goal 28'
Laudrup Goal 50'
Report
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 41,278
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)

April 30, 1997
Greece  0–1  Croatia
Report Šuker Goal 74'

June 8, 1997
Denmark  2–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rieper Goal 67'
Molnar Goal 89'
Report
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 41,592
Referee: Karol Ihring (Slovakia)

August 20, 1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina  3–0  Denmark
Mujčin Goal 19'
Bolić Goal 25'35'
Report
Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo
Attendance: 36,500
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)

September 6, 1997
Croatia  3–2  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bilić Goal 27'
Marić Goal 39'
Boban Goal 79'
Report Ladić Goal 17' (o.g.)
Salihamidžić Goal 55'
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 16,518
Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

September 6, 1997
Slovenia  0–3  Greece
Report Alexandris Goal 54'
Konstantinidis Goal 89'
Machlas Goal 90+1'

September 10, 1997
Denmark  3–1  Croatia
B. Laudrup Goal 15'
M. Laudrup Goal 34'
Molnar Goal 40'
Report Šuker Goal 44'
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Attendance: 41,381
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)

September 10, 1997
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–0  Slovenia
Bolić Goal 22' Report
Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Taras Bezubiak (Russia)

October 11, 1997
Greece  0–0  Denmark
Report
Olympic Stadium, Athens
Attendance: 64,272
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)

October 11, 1997
Slovenia  1–3  Croatia
Zahovič Goal 72' Report Šuker Goal 11'
Soldo Goal 39'
Bokšić Goal 50'

Group 2[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  England 8 6 1 1 15 2 13 19
2  Italy 8 5 3 0 11 1 10 18
3  Poland 8 3 1 4 10 12 −2 10
4  Georgia 8 3 1 4 7 9 −2 10
5  Moldova 8 0 0 8 2 21 −19 0

Results[edit]

September 1, 1996
Moldova  0–3  England
(Report) Barmby Goal 24'
Gascoigne Goal 26'
Shearer Goal 61'
Republican, Chişinău
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Ilkka Koho (Finland)

October 5, 1996
Moldova  1–3  Italy
Curtianu Goal 12' (Report) Ravanelli Goal 8'87'
Casiraghi Goal 67'
Republican, Chişinău
Attendance: 4,085
Referee: Gerd Grabher (Austria)

October 9, 1996
England  2–1  Poland
Shearer Goal 25'38' (Report) Citko Goal 7'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 74,663
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)

October 9, 1996
Italy  1–0  Georgia
Ravanelli Goal 43' (Report)
Stadio Renato Curi, Perugia
Attendance: 14,012
Referee: Eric Blareau (Belgium)

November 9, 1996
Georgia  0–2  England
(Report) Sheringham Goal 15'
Ferdinand Goal 37'

November 10, 1996
Poland  2–1  Moldova
Bałuszyński Goal 4'
K. Warzycha Goal 77' (pen.)
(Report) Cleşcenco Goal 83' (pen.)
GKS, Katowice
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Sotirios Vorgias (Greece)

February 12, 1997
England  0–1  Italy
(Report) Zola Goal 19'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 75,056
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)

March 29, 1997
Italy  3–0  Moldova
Maldini Goal 24'
Zola Goal 45'
Vieri Goal 50'
(Report)
Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste
Attendance: 17,677
Referee: Gilles Veissière (France)

April 2, 1997
Poland  0–0  Italy
(Report)
Slaski, Chorzów
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

April 30, 1997
England  2–0  Georgia
Sheringham Goal 42'
Shearer Goal 90+1'
(Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 71,208
Referee: Rémi Harrel (France)

April 30, 1997
Italy  3–0  Poland
Di Matteo Goal 24'
Maldini Goal 36'
R.Baggio Goal 62'
(Report)

May 31, 1997
Poland  0–2  England
(Report) Shearer Goal 5'
Sheringham Goal 90'
Slaski, Chorzów
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)

June 7, 1997
Georgia  2–0  Moldova
Arveladze Goal 27'
Kinkladze Goal 51'
(Report)
Dinamo, Batumi
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Charles Agius (Malta)

June 14, 1997
Poland  4–1  Georgia
Ledwoń Goal 32'
Trzeciak Goal 34'
Bukalski Goal 74' (pen.)
K. Nowak Goal 90'
(Report) Arveladze Goal 24'
GKS, Katowice
Attendance: 1,022
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)

September 10, 1997
England  4–0  Moldova
Scholes Goal 29'
Wright Goal 46'90'
Gascoigne Goal 81'
(Report)
Wembley, London
Attendance: 74,102
Referee: Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden)

September 10, 1997
Georgia  0–0  Italy
(Report)
Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 51,117
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

September 24, 1997
Moldova  0–1  Georgia
(Report) Ketsbaia Goal 10'
Republican, Chişinău
Attendance: 5,300
Referee: Dani Koren (Israel)

October 7, 1997
Moldova  0–3  Poland
(Report) (incorrect substitutions)
(Report)
Juskowiak Goal 23'56'60'
Republican, Chişinău
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Metin Tokat (Turkey)

October 11, 1997
Italy  0–0  England
(Report)
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 65,892
Referee: Mario van der Ende (Netherlands)


Group 3[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Norway 8 6 2 0 21 2 19 20
2  Hungary 8 3 3 2 10 8 2 12
3  Finland 8 3 2 3 11 12 −1 11
4   Switzerland 8 3 1 4 11 12 −1 10
5  Azerbaijan 8 1 0 7 3 22 −19 3

Results[edit]

June 2, 1996
Norway  5–0  Azerbaijan
Solbakken Goal 7'46'
Solskjær Goal 37'89'
Strandli Goal 59'
(Report)
Ullevaal, Oslo
Attendance: 14,012
Referee: Alan Snoddy (Northern Ireland)

August 31, 1996
Azerbaijan  1–0   Switzerland
Rzayev Goal 28' (Report)
Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Ryszard Wójcik (Poland)

September 1, 1996
Hungary  1–0  Finland
Orosz Goal 15' (Report)
Nepstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 14,500
Referee: Hartmut Strampe (Germany)

October 6, 1996
Finland  2–3   Switzerland
Sumiala Goal 41' (pen.)
Kolkka Goal 77'
(Report) Lombardo Goal 14'
Sforza Goal 34'
Yakin Goal 54'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 7,217
Referee: Gylfi Thor Orrason (Iceland)

October 9, 1996
Norway  3–0  Hungary
Rekdal Goal 83'89'90' (pen.) (Report)
Ullevaal, Oslo
Attendance: 22,480
Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

November 10, 1996
Switzerland   0–1  Norway
(Report) Leonhardsen Goal 32'
Wankdorf Stadion, Bern
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (Spain)

November 10, 1996
Azerbaijan  0–3  Hungary
(Report) Nyilas Goal 42'67' (pen.)
Urbán Goal 77'
Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Dragutin Poljak (Croatia)

April 2, 1997
Azerbaijan  1–2  Finland
Suleymanov Goal 83' (pen.) (Report) Litmanen Goal 26'
Paatelainen Goal 64'
Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Graham Poll (England)

April 30, 1997
Norway  1–1  Finland
Solskjær Goal 83' (Report) Sumiala Goal 60'
Ullevaal, Oslo
Attendance: 22,782
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

April 30, 1997
Switzerland   1–0  Hungary
Türkyilmaz Goal 83' (Report)
Hardturm, Zürich
Attendance: 17,300
Referee: Leif Sundell (Sweden)

June 8, 1997
Hungary  1–1  Norway
Kovács Goal 22' (Report) Rudi Goal 9'
Nepstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 25,300
Referee: David Elleray (England)

June 8, 1997
Finland  3–0  Azerbaijan
Vanhala Goal 60'
Litmanen Goal 65'
Sumiala Goal 82'
(Report)
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 13,417
Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)

August 20, 1997
Finland  0–4  Norway
(Report) Solbakken Goal 9'
Rudi Goal 12'
J.Flo Goal 48'
T.A.Flo Goal 84'
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 35,520
Referee: Vadim Zhuk (Belarus)

August 20, 1997
Hungary  1–1   Switzerland
Klausz Goal 52' (Report) Chapuisat Goal 90+1'
Nepstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Michel Piraux (Belgium)

September 6, 1997
Azerbaijan  0–1  Norway
(Report) T.A.Flo Goal 42'
Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)

September 6, 1997
Switzerland   1–2  Finland
Kunz Goal 90+1' (Report) Litmanen Goal 16'
Sumiala Goal 79'

September 10, 1997
Norway  5–0   Switzerland
Jakobsen Goal 46'
Solbakken Goal 51'
Eggen Goal 65'
Østenstad Goal 75'
T.A.Flo Goal 85'
(Report)
Ullevaal, Oslo
Attendance: 22,603
Referee: Hellmut Krug (Germany)

September 10, 1997
Hungary  3–1  Azerbaijan
Klausz Goal 8'
Halmai Goal 44'
Béla Illés Goal 89'
(Report) Lychkin Goal 71'
Nepstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 8,112
Referee: Atanas Uzunov (Bulgaria)

October 11, 1997
Finland  1–1  Hungary
Sumiala Goal 63' (Report) Moilanen Goal 90+1' o.g.
Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 31,617
Referee: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)

October 11, 1997
Switzerland   5–0  Azerbaijan
Türkyilmaz Goal 13'23'69' (pen.)
Yakin Goal 43'
Chapuisat Goal 51'
(Report)
Hardturm, Zürich
Attendance: 7,600
Referee: John Rowbotham (Scotland)

Group 4[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Austria 10 8 1 1 17 4 13 25
2  Scotland 10 7 2 1 15 3 12 23
3  Sweden 10 7 0 3 16 9 7 21
4  Latvia 10 3 1 6 10 14 −4 10
5  Estonia 10 1 1 8 4 16 −12 4
6  Belarus 10 1 1 8 5 21 −16 4

Results[edit]

June 1, 1996
Sweden  5–1  Belarus
K. Andersson Goal 20'62' (pen.)
Dahlin Goal 30'
P. Andersson Goal 77'
Larsson Goal 87'
Report Byalkevich Goal 75'
Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm
Attendance: 30,014
Referee: Rémi Harrel (France)

August 31, 1996
Austria  0–0  Scotland
Report
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 27,600
Referee: Michel Piraux (Belgium)

August 31, 1996
Belarus  1–0  Estonia
Makowski Goal 35' Report
Dinamo, Minsk
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Sergei Khussainov (Russia)

September 1, 1996
Latvia  1–2  Sweden
Rimkus Goal 56' Report Dahlin Goal 16'
K. Andersson Goal 21'
Daugavas stadions, Riga
Attendance: 9,200
Referee: László Vágner (Hungary)

October 5, 1996
Latvia  0–2  Scotland
Report Collins Goal 18'
Jackson Goal 80'
Daugavas stadions, Riga
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Jiří Ulrich (Czech Republic)

October 5, 1996
Estonia  1–0  Belarus
Hohlov-Simson Goal 52' Report

October 9, 1996
Sweden  0–1  Austria
Report Herzog Goal 11'

October 9, 1996
Belarus  1–1  Latvia
Makowski Goal 78' Report Zemļinskis Goal 16'
Dinamo, Minsk
Attendance: 7,300
Referee: Sergo Kvaratskhelia (Georgia)

November 9, 1996
Austria  2–1  Latvia
Polster Goal 43'
Herzog Goal 73'
Report Rimkus Goal 44'
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 15,700
Referee: Milan Mitrović (Slovenia)

November 10, 1996
Scotland  1–0  Sweden
McGinlay Goal 7' Report
Ibrox, Glasgow
Attendance: 46,738
Referee: José María García-Aranda (Spain)

February 11, 1997
Estonia  0–0  Scotland
Report
Stade Louis II, Monaco
Attendance: 3,766
Referee: Miroslav Radoman (Yugoslavia)

This game was a replay of the original game that took place in Tallinn on October 9 where the Estonian team failed to show up.


March 29, 1997
Scotland  2–0  Estonia
Boyd Goal 25'
Meet Goal 52' (o.g.)
Report
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Attendance: 17,996
Referee: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)

April 2, 1997
Scotland  2–0  Austria
Gallacher Goal 25'78' Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 43,259
Referee: Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)

April 30, 1997
Austria  2–0  Estonia
Vastić Goal 48'
Stöger Goal 87'
Report
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 27,500
Referee: Armand Ancion (Belgium)

April 30, 1997
Sweden  2–1  Scotland
K. Andersson Goal 43'63' Report Gallacher Goal 83'
Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg
Attendance: 40,302
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)

April 30, 1997
Latvia  2–0  Belarus
Ševļakovs Goal 36'83' Report
Daugavas stadions, Riga
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: Ilkka Koho (Finland)

May 18, 1997
Estonia  1–3  Latvia
Zelinski Goal 5' Report Babičevs Goal 53'
Jelisejevs Goal 80'
Lemsalu Goal 87' (o.g.)
Kadriong, Tallinn
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Darko Cvitkovic (Croatia)

June 8, 1997
Latvia  1–3  Austria
Astafjevs Goal 88' Report Heraf Goal 55'
Polster Goal 81'
Stöger Goal 82'
Daugavas stadions, Riga
Attendance: 9,200
Referee: Dick Jol (Netherlands)

June 8, 1997
Belarus  0–1  Scotland
Report McAllister Goal 49' (pen.)
Dinamo, Minsk
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)

June 8, 1997
Estonia  2–3  Sweden
Oper Goal 74'
Kristal Goal 84'
Report Dahlin Goal 14'
Zetterberg Goal 53'
K. Andersson Goal 71'
Kadriorg, Tallinn
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Ryszard Wójcik (Poland)

August 20, 1997
Estonia  0–3  Austria
Report Polster Goal 47'69'90'
Kariorg, Tallinn
Attendance: 2,200
Referee: Georgios Fassolis (Greece)

August 20, 1997
Belarus  1–2  Sweden
Gurenko Goal 38' Report K. Andersson Goal 74'
Zetterberg Goal 84'
Dinamo, Minsk
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Dermot Gallagher (England)

September 6, 1997
Austria  1–0  Sweden
Herzog Goal 76' Report
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 48,500
Referee: Antonio López Nieto (Spain)

September 6, 1997
Latvia  1–0  Estonia
Zemļinskis Goal 87' (pen.) Report
Daugavas stadions, Riga
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Otar Guntadze (Georgia)

September 7, 1997
Scotland  4–1  Belarus
Gallacher Goal 7'58'
Hopkin Goal 54'88'
Report Kachuro Goal 73' (pen.)

September 10, 1997
Belarus  0–1  Austria
Report Pfeifenberger Goal 50'
Dinamo, Minsk
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Serge Muhmenthaler (Switzerland)

September 10, 1997
Sweden  1–0  Latvia
Jonson Goal 88' Report
Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm
Attendance: 20,251
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

October 11, 1997
Austria  4–0  Belarus
Polster Goal 3'16' (pen.)
Stöger Goal 6'42'
Report
Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 48,500
Referee: Aron Huzu (Romania)

October 11, 1997
Scotland  2–0  Latvia
Gallacher Goal 43'
Durie Goal 80'
Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 47,613
Referee: Sándor Piller (Hungary)

October 11, 1997
Sweden  1–0  Estonia
Zetterberg Goal 25' Report
Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm
Attendance: 18,702
Referee: Stefan Ormandzhiev (Bulgaria)

Group 5[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Bulgaria 8 6 0 2 18 9 9 18
2  Russia 8 5 2 1 19 5 14 17
3  Israel 8 4 1 3 9 7 2 13
4  Cyprus 8 3 1 4 10 15 −5 10
5  Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 22 −20 0

Results[edit]

September 1, 1996
Israel  2–1  Bulgaria
Harazi Goal 34'
Banin Goal 62'
Report Balakov Goal 3' (pen.)
National Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 13,200
Referee: Alfredo Trentalange (Italy)

September 1, 1996
Russia  4–0  Cyprus
Nikiforov Goal 8'50'
Kolyvanov Goal 34'
Beschastnykh Goal 81'
Report
Dinamo, Moscow
Attendance: 8,500
Referee: Karl-Erik Nilsson (Sweden)

October 8, 1996
Luxembourg  1–2  Bulgaria
Langers Goal 20' Report Balakov Goal 14' (pen.)
Kostadinov Goal 37'

October 9, 1996
Israel  1–1  Russia
Brumer Goal 65' Report Kolyvanov Goal 82'
National Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Marc Batta (France)

November 10, 1996
Luxembourg  0–4  Russia
Report Tikhonov Goal 34'
Kanchelskis Goal 38'
Beschastnykh Goal 50'
Karpin Goal 77'

November 10, 1996
Cyprus  2–0  Israel
Gogić Goal 9'15' (pen.) Report
Tsirion, Limassol
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Gheorghe Constantin (Romania)

December 14, 1996
Cyprus  1–3  Bulgaria
Pittas Goal 29' Report Kostadinov Goal 23'
Balakov Goal 34'
Iliev Goal 70'
Tsirion, Limassol
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: John Rowbotham (Scotland)

December 15, 1996
Israel  1–0  Luxembourg
Ohana Goal 39' Report
National Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 24,400
Referee: John Ashman (Wales)

March 29, 1997
Cyprus  1–1  Russia
Gogić Goal 31' Report Simutenkov Goal 32'
Dimotiko, Paralimni
Attendance: 3,199
Referee: Juan Ansuategui Roca (Spain)

March 31, 1997
Luxembourg  0–3  Israel
Report Zohar Goal 11'79'
Banin Goal 86' (pen.)

April 2, 1997
Bulgaria  4–1  Cyprus
Borimirov Goal 2'
Kostadinov Goal 35'45'
Yordanov Goal 66'
Report Okkas Goal 62'

April 30, 1997
Russia  3–0  Luxembourg
Kechinov Goal 20'
Grishin Goal 55'
Simutenkov Goal 58'
Report
Dinamo, Moscow
Attendance: 9,200
Referee: John Rowbotham (Scotland)

April 30, 1997
Israel  2–0  Cyprus
Ohana Goal 3'72' Report
National Stadium, Ramat Gan
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Vasyl Melnychuk (Ukraine)

June 8, 1997
Bulgaria  4–0  Luxembourg
Stoichkov Goal 43' (pen.)
Kostadinov Goal 47'
Balakov Goal 50' (pen.)
Lechkov Goal 81'
Report
Neftochimik, Burgas
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Lucílio Batista (Portugal)

June 8, 1997
Russia  2–0  Israel
Radimov Goal 8'
Kosolapov Goal 38'
Report
Dinamo, Moscow
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Gerd Grabher (Austria)

August 20, 1997
Bulgaria  1–0  Israel
Penev Goal 65' Report
Vasil Levski Stadium, Sofia
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Sándor Piller (Hungary)

September 7, 1997
Luxembourg  1–3  Cyprus
Amodio Goal 14' Report Papavasiliou Goal 6'
Ioannou Goal 55'79'

September 10, 1997
Bulgaria  1–0  Russia
Ivanov Goal 55' Report

October 11, 1997
Russia  4–2  Bulgaria
Alenichev Goal 13'57'
Kolyvanov Goal 41'
Yuran Goal 52'
Report Gruev Goal 68'
Kostadinov Goal 78'
Luzhniki, Moscow
Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)

October 11, 1997
Cyprus  2–0  Luxembourg
Papavasiliou Goal 79'
Spoljaric Goal 85'
Report
Tsirion, Limassol
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Bujar Pregja (Albania)

Group 6[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Spain 10 8 2 0 26 6 20 26
2  Yugoslavia 10 7 2 1 29 7 22 23
3  Czech Republic 10 5 1 4 16 6 10 16
4  Slovakia 10 5 1 4 18 14 4 16
5  Faroe Islands 10 2 0 8 10 31 −21 6
6  Malta 10 0 0 10 2 37 −35 0

Results[edit]

April 24, 1996
Yugoslavia  3–1  Faroe Islands
Savićević Goal 3'29'
Milošević Goal 37'
Report J. Petersen Goal 53'

June 2, 1996
Yugoslavia  6–0  Malta
Mirković Goal 2'
Mijatović Goal 39'
D. Stojković Goal 45+1'
Milošević Goal 68'
Savićević Goal 70' (pen.)73'
Report

August 31, 1996
Faroe Islands  1–2  Slovakia
Müller Goal 60' Report Moravčik Goal 13'
Dubovský Goal 88'
Svangaskarð, Toftir
Attendance: 1,445
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

September 4, 1996
Faroe Islands  2–6  Spain
T. Jónsson Goal 46'
Arge Goal 90'
Report Luis Enrique Goal 37'
Alfonso Goal 63'83'86'
Johannesen Goal 70' (o.g.)
Hierro Goal 85'
Svangaskarð, Toftir
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: Philippe Leduc (France)

September 18, 1996
Czech Republic  6–0  Malta
Berger Goal 11'63' (pen.)
Nedvěd Goal 29'
Kubík Goal 77'
Šmicer Goal 83'
Frýdek Goal 86'
Report
Na Stínadlech, Teplice
Attendance: 15,099
Referee: Mateo Beušan (Croatia)

September 22, 1996
Slovakia  6–0  Malta
Tittel Goal 13'90'
Šimon Goal 15'
Zeman Goal 37'
Timko Goal 56'
Dubovský Goal 59'
Report
Tehelne pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 2,236
Referee: Giorgos Bikas (Greece)

October 6, 1996
Faroe Islands  1–8  Yugoslavia
Müller Goal 28' Report Milošević Goal 6'37'45'
Jokanović Goal 11'57'
Mijatović Goal 29'
Jugović Goal 57'
D. Stojković Goal 90' (pen.)
Svangaskarð, Toftir
Attendance: 1,017
Referee: Leslie Irvine (Northern Ireland)

October 9, 1996
Czech Republic  0–0  Spain
Report
Sparta, Prague
Attendance: 19,223
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

October 23, 1996
Slovakia  3–0  Faroe Islands
Dubovský Goal 20'
Jančula Goal 44'
Šimon Goal 57' (pen.)
Report

November 10, 1996
Yugoslavia  1–0  Czech Republic
Mijatović Goal 18' Report
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
Attendance: 46,577
Referee: Dick Jol (Netherlands)

November 13, 1996
Spain  4–1  Slovakia
Pizzi Goal 31'
Amor Goal 47'
Luis Enrique Goal 51'
Hierro Goal 62'
Report Tittel Goal 39'

December 14, 1996
Spain  2–0  Yugoslavia
Guardiola Goal 19'
Raúl Goal 37'
Report

December 18, 1996
Malta  0–3  Spain
Report Guerrero Goal 8'26'33'
National Stadium, Ta'Qali
Attendance: 3,200
Referee: Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)

February 12, 1997
Spain  4–0  Malta
Guardiola Goal 25'
Alfonso Goal 40'47'
Pizzi Goal 89'
Report

March 31, 1997
Malta  0–2  Slovakia
Report Jančula Goal 38'
Tittel Goal 90'
National Stadium, Ta'Qali
Attendance: 4,202
Referee: Marek Kowalczyk (Poland)

April 2, 1997
Czech Republic  1–2  Yugoslavia
Bejbl Goal 75' Report Mijatović Goal 28'
Milošević Goal 90+1'
Sparta, Prague
Attendance: 17,137
Referee: Marc Batta (France)

April 30, 1997
Yugoslavia  1–1  Spain
Mijatović Goal 87' (pen.) Report Hierro Goal 19' (pen.)
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
Attendance: 49,253
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

April 30, 1997
Malta  1–2  Faroe Islands
Sultana Goal 8' Report Ø. Hansen Goal 60'
T. Jónsson Goal 89'
National Stadium, Ta'Qali
Attendance: 8,188
Referee: Dani Koren (Israel)

June 8, 1997
Spain  1–0  Czech Republic
Hierro Goal 41' (pen.) Report

June 8, 1997
Yugoslavia  2–0  Slovakia
Savićević Goal 17'
Mijatović Goal 75'
Report
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
Attendance: 22,044
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)

June 8, 1997
Faroe Islands  2–1  Malta
Todi Jónsson Goal 7'42' Report G. Agius Goal 48'

August 20, 1997
Czech Republic  2–0  Faroe Islands
Kuka Goal 15'
Kozel Goal 26'
Report
Na Stinadlech, Teplice
Attendance: 8,322
Referee: Algirdas Dubinskas (Lithuania)

August 24, 1997
Slovakia  2–1  Czech Republic
Jančula Goal 45'
Majoroš Goal 55'
Report Šmicer Goal 15'
Tehelne pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 22,500
Referee: Piero Ceccarini (Italy)

September 6, 1997
Faroe Islands  0–2  Czech Republic
Report Šmicer Goal 16'
Kuka Goal 33'
Svangaskarð, Toftir
Attendance: 2,700
Referee: Bernard Saules (France)

September 10, 1997
Slovakia  1–1  Yugoslavia
Majoroš Goal 65' Report Mihajlović Goal 80'
Tehelne Pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 22,500
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

September 24, 1997
Slovakia  1–2  Spain
Majoroš Goal 75' Report Kiko Goal 47'
Amor Goal 76'
Tehelne Pole, Bratislava
Attendance: 13,667
Referee: László Vágner (Hungary)

September 24, 1997
Malta  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Bejbl Goal 32'
National Stadium, Ta'Qali
Attendance: 1,622
Referee: Amand Ancion (Belgium)

October 11, 1997
Spain  3–1  Faroe Islands
Luis Enrique Goal 18'82'
Oli Goal 28'
Report Jens Kristian Hansen Goal 45'
El Molinón, Gijón
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Jacek Granat (Poland)

October 11, 1997
Malta  0–5  Yugoslavia
Report Milošević Goal 8'
Mihajlović Goal 24'
Savićević Goal 44'
Mijatović Goal 55'
Jugović Goal 76'
National Stadium, Ta'Qali
Attendance: 1,107
Referee: Dermot Gallagher (England)

October 11, 1997
Czech Republic  3–0  Slovakia
Šmicer Goal 54'
Siegl Goal 70'
Novotný Goal 73'
Report
Sparta, Prague
Attendance: 5,428
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)

Group 7[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Netherlands 8 6 1 1 26 4 22 19
2  Belgium 8 6 0 2 20 11 9 18
3  Turkey 8 4 2 2 21 9 12 14
4  Wales 8 2 1 5 20 21 −1 7
5  San Marino 8 0 0 8 0 42 −42 0

Results[edit]

June 2, 1996
San Marino  0–5  Wales
Report Melville Goal 20'
Hughes Goal 32'43'
Giggs Goal 50'
Pembridge Goal 85'
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
Attendance: 1,613
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

August 31, 1996
Belgium  2–1  Turkey
Degryse Goal 11'
Oliveira Goal 37'
Report show tv Yalçin Goal 56'
Roi Baudouin, Brussels
Attendance: 33,024
Referee: David Elleray (England)

August 31, 1996
Wales  6–0  San Marino
Saunders Goal 1'74'
Hughes Goal 25'54'
Melville Goal 34'
Robinson Goal 45'
Report
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 15,150
Referee: Alain Hamer (Luxembourg)

October 5, 1996
Wales  1–3  Netherlands
Saunders Goal 17' Report Hooijdonk Goal 72'75'
R. de Boer Goal 79'
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 34,560
Referee: Antonio López Nieto (Spain)

October 9, 1996
San Marino  0–3  Belgium
Report Verheyen Goal 11'
Nilis Goal 20'49'
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
Attendance: 1,353
Referee: Kevork Oganesyan (Armenia)

November 9, 1996
Netherlands  7–1  Wales
Bergkamp Goal 21'72'78'
R. de Boer Goal 32'
Jonk Goal 33'
F. de Boer Goal 43'
Cocu Goal 60'
Report Saunders Goal 38'
Philips Stadion, Eindhoven
Attendance: 26,210
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)

November 10, 1996
Turkey  7–0  San Marino
Derelioğlu Goal 25'38'51'59'
Şükür Goal 56'63'
Sağlam Goal 81'
Report kanald
Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul
Attendance: 19,654
Referee: Vladimir Antonov (Moldova)

December 14, 1996
Belgium  0–3  Netherlands
Report Bergkamp Goal 24'
Seedorf Goal 29'
Jonk Goal 89' (pen.)
Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles
Attendance: 36,953
Referee: Pierluigi Pairetto (Italy)

December 14, 1996
Wales  0–0  Turkey
Report
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Aron Huzu (Romania)

March 29, 1997
Netherlands  4–0  San Marino
Kluivert Goal 44'
F. de Boer Goal 58'90'
Hooijdonk Goal 82'
Report
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Attendance: 47,000
Referee: Amit Klein (Israel)

March 29, 1997
Wales  1–2  Belgium
Gary Speed Goal 60' Report Crasson Goal 24'
Staelens Goal 45'
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 14,650
Referee: Christer Fällström (Sweden)

April 2, 1997
Turkey  1–0  Netherlands
Şükür Goal 53' Report ATV
Ataturk, Bursa
Attendance: 17,000
Referee: Manuel Díaz Vega (Spain)

April 30, 1997
San Marino  0–6  Netherlands
Report Bergkamp Goal 40'88'
Winter Goal 62'
Hooijdonk Goal 69'
F. de Boer Goal 73'
Bosman Goal 83'
Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle
Attendance: 2,832
Referee: Andreas Georgiou (Cyprus)

April 30, 1997
Turkey  1–3  Belgium
Derelioğlu Goal 35' Report Oliveira Goal 14'32'45'
Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul
Attendance: 21,350
Referee: Bernd Heynemann (Germany)

June 7, 1997
Belgium  6–0  San Marino
Staelens Goal 15'84'
Van Meir Goal 26'
E.Mpenza Goal 27'45'
Oliveira Goal 33'
Report
Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Pavlin Jirku (Czech Republic)

August 20, 1997
Turkey  6–4  Wales
Şükür Goal 5'37'77'82'
Akyüz Goal 8'
Çetin Goal 61'
Report Blake Goal 18'
Savage Goal 20'
Saunders Goal 31'
Melville Goal 52'
Ali Sami Yen Stadium, Istanbul
Attendance: 9,710
Referee: Marek Kowalczyk (Poland)

September 6, 1997
Netherlands  3–1  Belgium
Stam Goal 32'
Kluivert Goal 54'
Bergkamp Goal 84'
Report Staelens Goal 67' (pen.)
De Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

September 10, 1997
San Marino  0–5  Turkey
Report Gobbi Goal 27' (o.g.)
Erdem Goal 30'81'
Şükür Goal 74'
Mandirali Goal 78'

October 11, 1997
Netherlands  0–0  Turkey
Report
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Leif Sundell (Sweden)

October 11, 1997
Belgium  3–2  Wales
Staelens Goal 4' (pen.)
Claessens Goal 32'
Wilmots Goal 39'
Report Pembridge Goal 53'
Giggs Goal 66'
Roi Baudouin, Bruxelles
Attendance: 18,233
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)

Group 8[edit]

Table[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Romania 10 9 1 0 37 4 33 28
2  Republic of Ireland 10 5 3 2 22 8 14 18
3  Lithuania 10 5 2 3 11 8 3 17
4  Macedonia 10 4 1 5 22 18 4 13
5  Iceland 10 2 3 5 11 16 −5 9
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 3 52 −49 0

Results[edit]

April 24, 1996
Macedonia  3–0  Liechtenstein
Milosevski Goal 6'
Babunski Goal 49' (pen.)
Zaharievski Goal 78'
Report
Gradski, Skopje
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Loizos Loizou (Cyprus)

June 1, 1996
Iceland  1–1  Macedonia
A. Gudjónsson Goal 63' Report Memedi Goal 60'

August 31, 1996
Romania  3–0  Lithuania
Moldovan Goal 20'
Petrescu Goal 65'
Gâlcă Goal 77'
Report
Steaua, Bucharest
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Vasyl Melnychuk (Ukraine)

August 31, 1996
Liechtenstein  0–5  Republic of Ireland
Report Townsend Goal 5'
O'Neill Goal 9'
Quinn Goal 12'61'
Harte Goal 20'

October 5, 1996
Lithuania  2–0  Iceland
Jankauskas Goal 22' (pen.)
Šlekys Goal 74'
Report
Zalgiris, Vilnius
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Marnix Sandra (Belgium)

October 9, 1996
Iceland  0–4  Romania
Report D. Munteanu Goal 21'
Hagi Goal 60'
Gh. Popescu Goal 75'
Petrescu Goal 81'

October 9, 1996
Republic of Ireland  3–0  Macedonia
McAteer Goal 8'
Cascarino Goal 46'70'
Report
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 31,671
Referee: Knud Erik Fisker (Denmark)

October 9, 1996
Lithuania  2–1  Liechtenstein
Jankauskas Goal 43'
Narbekovas Goal 55'
Report H.Zech Goal 53'
Zalgiris, Vilnius
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Xaqani Memmedov (Azerbaijan)

November 9, 1996
Liechtenstein  1–11  Macedonia
F. Schädler Goal 78' Report Glavevski Goal 8'12'60'
Hristov Goal 23'
Stojkovski Goal 30'43'
T.Micevski Goal 45'49'
Ćirić Goal 53'87'
V.Micevski Goal 90'
Sportpark Eschen-Mauren, Eschen
Attendance: 2,700
Referee: Haim Lipkovitz (Israel)

November 10, 1996
Republic of Ireland  0–0  Iceland
Report
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 32,620
Referee: Stefan Ormandzhiev (Bulgaria)

December 14, 1996
Macedonia  0–3  Romania
Report Popescu Goal 36'45'90' (pen.)
Gradski, Skopje
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Roger Philippi (Luxembourg)

March 29, 1997
Romania