2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 8

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The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group 8 was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised 2006 FIFA World Cup winner Italy, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia and Montenegro.

The group was won by Italy, who qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The runners-up the Republic of Ireland entered the UEFA play-off stage.

Standings[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 10 7 3 0 18 7 +11 24
 Republic of Ireland 10 4 6 0 12 8 +4 18
 Bulgaria 10 3 5 2 17 13 +4 14
 Cyprus 10 2 3 5 14 16 −2 9
 Montenegro 10 1 6 3 9 14 −5 9
 Georgia 10 0 3 7 7 19 −12 3
  Bulgaria Cyprus Georgia (country) Italy Montenegro Republic of Ireland
Bulgaria  2–0 6–2 0–0 4–1 1–1
Cyprus  4–1 2–1 1–2 2–2 1–2
Georgia  0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–2
Italy  2–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Montenegro  2–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 0–0
Republic of Ireland  1–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 0–0


Matches[edit]

The representatives of the six federations met in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2008 to decide on a fixture calendar.[1]


Georgia 1–2 Republic of Ireland
Kenia Goal 90+2' Report Doyle Goal 13'
Whelan Goal 70'

Montenegro 2–2 Bulgaria
Vučinić Goal 61'
Jovetić Goal 82' (pen.)
Report S. Petrov Goal 11'
Georgiev Goal 90+2'
Attendance: 9,000

Cyprus 1–2 Italy
Aloneftis Goal 28' Report Di Natale Goal 8'90+2'

Montenegro 0–0 Republic of Ireland
Report
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Sten Kaldma (Estonia)

Italy 2–0 Georgia
De Rossi Goal 17'89' Report
Attendance: 27,164

Georgia 1–1 Cyprus
Kobiashvili Goal 73' Report Konstantinou Goal 66'

Bulgaria 0–0 Italy
Report

Georgia 0–0 Bulgaria
Report

Republic of Ireland 1–0 Cyprus
Keane Goal 5' Report
Attendance: 55,833

Italy 2–1 Montenegro
Aquilani Goal 8'29' Report Vučinić Goal 19'
Attendance: 20,162

Republic of Ireland 2–1 Georgia
Keane Goal 73' (pen.)78' Report Iashvili Goal 1'
Attendance: 45,000

Cyprus 2–1 Georgia
Konstantinou Goal 33'
Christofi Goal 56'
Report Kobiashvili Goal 71' (pen.)

Montenegro 0–2 Italy
Report Pirlo Goal 11' (pen.)
Pazzini Goal 73'
Attendance: 10,500

Republic of Ireland 1–1 Bulgaria
Dunne Goal 1' Report Kilbane Goal 74' (o.g.)
Attendance: 60,002
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Bulgaria 2–0 Cyprus
Popov Goal 8'
Makriev Goal 90+4'
Report

Georgia 0–0 Montenegro
Report

Italy 1–1 Republic of Ireland
Iaquinta Goal 10' Report Keane Goal 87'
Attendance: 48,000

Bulgaria 1–1 Republic of Ireland
Telkiyski Goal 29' Report Dunne Goal 24'

Cyprus 2–2 Montenegro
Konstantinou Goal 13'
Michael Goal 45' (pen.)
Report Damjanović Goal 65'77'

Bulgaria 4–1 Montenegro
Kishishev Goal 45+1'
Telkiyski Goal 49'
Berbatov Goal 83'
Domovchiyski Goal 90+1'
Report Jovetić Goal 9'

Georgia 0–2 Italy
Report Kaladze Goal 56' (o.g.)66' (o.g.)

Cyprus 1–2 Republic of Ireland
Elia Goal 30' Report Doyle Goal 5'
Keane Goal 83'
Attendance: 5,191

Montenegro 1–1 Cyprus
Vučinić Goal 56' (pen.) Report Okkas Goal 63'
Attendance: 4,000

Italy 2–0 Bulgaria
Grosso Goal 11'
Iaquinta Goal 40'
Report
Attendance: 26,122

Cyprus 4–1 Bulgaria
Charalambides Goal 11'20'
Konstantinou Goal 58'
Aloneftis Goal 78'
Report Berbatov Goal 44'

Montenegro 2–1 Georgia
Batak Goal 13'
Delibašić Goal 78'
Report Dvalishvili Goal 45'
Attendance: 5,420

Republic of Ireland 2–2 Italy
Whelan Goal 8'
St Ledger Goal 87'
Report Camoranesi Goal 26'
Gilardino Goal 90'
Attendance: 70,670
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

Bulgaria 6–2 Georgia
Berbatov Goal 6'23'35'
M. Petrov Goal 14'44'
Angelov Goal 31'
Report Dvalishvili Goal 34'
Kobiashvili Goal 51' (pen.)

Italy 3–2 Cyprus
Gilardino Goal 78'81'90+2' Report Makrides Goal 12'
Michael Goal 48'
Attendance: 15,009
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)

Republic of Ireland 0–0 Montenegro
Report
Attendance: 36,442

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Originally scheduled for Tbilisi, Georgia but moved to neutral venue due to the 2008 South Ossetia war. The original replacement venue was the Wildparkstadion in Karlsruhe, Germany, but the ground became unavailable, so it was moved to the Stadion am Bruchweg in Mainz.[2]

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 77 goals scored during the 30 games, an average 2.56 goals per game.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal
2 own goals

Attendances[edit]

Team Highest Lowest Average
 Bulgaria 45,000 700 22,432
 Cyprus 6,000 1,500 3,878
 Georgia 40,000 4,500 25,550
 Italy 48,000 15,009 27,291
 Montenegro 12,000 4,000 8,184
 Republic of Ireland 70,670 36,442 53,589

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Republic of Ireland FIFA World Cup Group 8 Fixtures Announced". fai.ie. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Georgia-Republic of Ireland to take place in Mainz". FIFA.com. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.