2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group A was one of the nine UEFA groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The group consisted of six teams: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, and Luxembourg.

The draw for the first round (group stage) was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1][2]

The group winners, France, qualified directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group runners-up, Sweden, advanced to the play-offs as one of the best 8 runners-up, where they defeated Italy and thus also qualified for the tournament.[1] France went on to win the World Cup, defeating Croatia in the final.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 10 7 2 1 18 6 +12 23 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 4–0 4–1 0–0 2–1
2  Sweden 10 6 1 3 26 9 +17 19 Advance to second round 2–1 1–1 3–0 8–0 4–0
3  Netherlands 10 6 1 3 21 12 +9 19 0–1 2–0 3–1 5–0 4–1
4  Bulgaria 10 4 1 5 14 19 −5 13 0–1 3–2 2–0 4–3 1–0
5  Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 8 26 −18 6 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–0
6  Belarus 10 1 2 7 6 21 −15 5 0–0 0–4 1–3 2–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Matches[edit]

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 26 July 2015, the day following the draw.[1][4] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).[5]

Belarus 0–0 France
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Attendance: 12,920
Bulgaria 4–3 Luxembourg
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Sweden 1–1 Netherlands
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Attendance: 36,128

France 4–1 Bulgaria
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Attendance: 65,475
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
Luxembourg 0–1 Sweden
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Netherlands 4–1 Belarus
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Attendance: 41,200

Belarus 1–1 Luxembourg
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Attendance: 9,011
Referee: Tobias Welz (Germany)
Netherlands 0–1 France
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Attendance: 50,220
Sweden 3–0 Bulgaria
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Attendance: 21,777

France 2–1 Sweden
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Attendance: 80,000
Bulgaria 1–0 Belarus
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Luxembourg 1–3 Netherlands
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Sweden 4–0 Belarus
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Attendance: 31,243
Bulgaria 2–0 Netherlands
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Luxembourg 1–3 France
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Belarus 2–1 Bulgaria
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Attendance: 6,150
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Netherlands 5–0 Luxembourg
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Attendance: 41,300
Sweden 2–1 France
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Attendance: 48,783

Bulgaria 3–2 Sweden
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France 4–0 Netherlands
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Attendance: 79,551
Luxembourg 1–0 Belarus
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Belarus 0–4 Sweden
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Attendance: 6,431
Netherlands 3–1 Bulgaria
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France 0–0 Luxembourg
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Sweden 8–0 Luxembourg
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Attendance: 50,022
Belarus 1–3 Netherlands
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Attendance: 6,850
Bulgaria 0–1 France
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France 2–1 Belarus
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Attendance: 74,037
Luxembourg 1–1 Bulgaria
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Netherlands 2–0 Sweden
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Attendance: 41,244

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 93 goals scored in 30 matches, for an average of 3.1 goals per match.

8 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Discipline[edit]

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[6]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two different matches (yellow card suspensions are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were served during the qualifying matches:

Player Team Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
Kevin Malget  Luxembourg Yellow card Yellow-red card vs Sweden (7 October 2016) vs Belarus (10 October 2016)
Dirk Carlson Yellow card Yellow-red card vs Belarus (10 October 2016) vs Netherlands (13 November 2016)
Kevin Strootman  Netherlands Yellow card vs Sweden (6 September 2016)
Yellow card vs France (10 October 2016)
vs Luxembourg (13 November 2016)
Paul Pogba  France Yellow card vs Netherlands (10 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Sweden (11 November 2016)
vs Luxembourg (25 March 2017)
Alexander Hleb  Belarus Yellow card Yellow-red card vs Bulgaria (13 November 2016) vs Sweden (25 March 2017)
Aleksandar Aleksandrov  Bulgaria Yellow card vs Sweden (10 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Belarus (13 November 2016)
vs Netherlands (25 March 2017)
Alyaksandr Martynovich  Belarus Yellow card vs Luxembourg (10 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Sweden (25 March 2017)
vs Bulgaria (9 June 2017)
Aurélien Joachim  Luxembourg Yellow card vs Belarus (10 October 2016)
Yellow card vs France (25 March 2017)
vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
Daniel da Mota Yellow card vs Sweden (7 October 2016)
Yellow card vs France (25 March 2017)
Chris Philipps
Svetoslav Dyakov  Bulgaria Yellow card vs Belarus (13 November 2016)
Yellow card vs Belarus (9 June 2017)
vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
Kevin Malget  Luxembourg Yellow card vs Sweden (7 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
vs Belarus (31 August 2017)
Christopher Martins Yellow card vs Bulgaria (6 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski  Bulgaria Yellow card vs Belarus (9 June 2017)
Yellow card vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
vs Netherlands (3 September 2017)
Kevin Strootman  Netherlands Yellow card Yellow-red card vs France (31 August 2017) vs Bulgaria (3 September 2017)
Ola Toivonen  Sweden Yellow card vs Luxembourg (7 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Bulgaria (31 August 2017)
vs Belarus (3 September 2017)
Egor Filipenko  Belarus Yellow card vs Bulgaria (9 June 2017)
Yellow card vs Sweden (3 September 2017)
vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
Nikita Korzun Yellow card vs Luxembourg (10 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Sweden (3 September 2017)
Ivaylo Chochev  Bulgaria Yellow card vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (3 September 2017)
vs France (7 October 2017)
Ivelin Popov Yellow card vs Luxembourg (6 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (3 September 2017)
Christoffer Nyman  Sweden Yellow card vs Netherlands (6 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Belarus (3 September 2017)
vs Luxembourg (7 October 2017)
Paul Pogba  France Yellow card vs Sweden (9 June 2017)
Yellow card vs Luxembourg (3 September 2017)
vs Bulgaria (7 October 2017)
Laurent Jans  Luxembourg Yellow card vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
Yellow card vs France (3 September 2017)
vs Sweden (7 October 2017)
Syarhey Balanovich  Belarus Yellow card vs Luxembourg (31 August 2017)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
vs France (10 October 2017)
Alexei Rios Yellow card vs Netherlands (7 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
Mikalay Signevich Yellow card vs Luxembourg (10 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
Georgi Kostadinov  Bulgaria Yellow card vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
Yellow card vs France (7 October 2017)
vs Luxembourg (10 October 2017)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 11 and 13 November 2016 and 25 March 2017, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ The France v Sweden match was moved from the original scheduled date of 13 November 2016 as it fell on the anniversary of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "FIFA World Cup qualifying draw format". UEFA.com. 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ "European teams learn World Cup qualifying fate". UEFA.com. 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  4. ^ "World Cup European Qualifiers fixtures confirmed". UEFA.com. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Fixture List – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2014-16" (PDF). UEFA.com.

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