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.

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

Group 2[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

Group 3[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

Group 4[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

Group 5[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

Group 6[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

Group 7[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

Group 8[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

Group 9[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Germany 10 6 4 0 23 9 14 22
2  Ukraine 10 6 2 2 10 6 4 20
3  Portugal 10 5 4 1 12 4 8 19
4  Armenia 10 1 5 4 8 17 −9 8
5  Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 6 10 −4 7
6  Albania 10 1 1 8 7 20 −13 4

Ranking of runners-up[edit]

Record against the 1st, 3rd and 4th-placed team in their groups.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Scotland 6 4 1 1 8 2 6 13
 Italy 6 3 3 0 5 0 5 12
 Belgium 6 4 0 2 11 11 0 12
 Russia 6 3 2 1 12 5 7 11
 Croatia 6 3 2 1 11 8 3 11
 Yugoslavia 6 3 2 1 7 5 2 11
 Republic of Ireland 6 2 2 2 8 6 2 8
 Ukraine 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
 Hungary 6 1 3 2 4 7 −3 6

Play-offs[edit]

First leg[edit]

29 October 1997
Croatia  2–0  Ukraine
Bilić Goal 11'
Vlaović Goal 49'
(Report)
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Alain Sars (France)

29 October 1997
Russia  1–1  Italy
Cannavaro Goal 52' (o.g.) (Report) Vieri Goal 49'
Dynamo Stadium, Moscow
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Peter Mikkelsen (Denmark)

29 October 1997
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Belgium
Irwin Goal 7' (Report) Nilis Goal 29'
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 32,305
Referee: László Vagner (Hungary)

29 October 1997
Hungary  1–7  Yugoslavia
Illés Goal 88' (Report) Brnović Goal 2'
Đukić Goal 6'
Savićević Goal 10'
Mijatović Goal 26'41'51'
Milošević Goal 63'

Second leg[edit]

15th November 1997
Ukraine  1–1  Croatia
Shevchenko Goal 5' Report Bokšić Goal 27'
Olimpiysky, Kiev
Attendance: 77,500
Referee: Rune Pedersen (Norway)

Croatia won 3–1 on aggregate.


15th November 1997
Italy  1–0  Russia
Casiraghi Goal 53' (Report)
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 69,207
Referee: Serge Muhmenthaler (Switzerland)

Italy won 2–1 on aggregate.


15th November 1997
Belgium  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Oliveira Goal 25'
Nilis Goal 70'
(Report) Houghton Goal 58'
King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 35,320
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)

Belgium won 3–2 on aggregate.


15th November 1997
Yugoslavia  5–0  Hungary
Milošević Goal 18'
Mijatović Goal 44'45' (pen.)71'88'
(Report)
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade
Attendance: 48,498
Referee: Metin Tokat (Turkey)

Yugoslavia won 12–1 on aggregate.

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