2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I was one of the nine UEFA groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The group consisted of six teams: Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland, and Kosovo.

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] Kosovo was added to the group after the draw, after becoming FIFA members together with Gibraltar in May 2016,[3] and UEFA decided not to put Kosovo in group H together with Bosnia and Herzegovina for security reasons.[4][5]

The group winners, Iceland, qualified directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group runners-up, Croatia, advanced to the play-offs as one of the best 8 runners-up, where they won against Greece and thus qualified for the tournament as well.[1] This was the first time Ukraine was eliminated after the first round, as the team had been eliminated in 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014 after the play-offs, and qualified in 2006.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iceland 10 7 1 2 16 7 +9 22 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 1–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0
2  Croatia 10 6 2 2 15 4 +11 20 Advance to second round 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
3  Ukraine 10 5 2 3 13 9 +4 17 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 3–0
4  Turkey 10 4 3 3 14 13 +1 15 0–3 1–0 2–2 2–0 2–0
5  Finland 10 2 3 5 9 13 −4 9 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–1
6  Kosovo 10 0 1 9 3 24 −21 1 1–2 0–6 0–2 1–4 0–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Matches[edit]

The fixture list prior to the inclusion of Kosovo was confirmed by UEFA on 26 July 2015, the day following the draw.[1][7] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).[8]

Croatia 1–1 Turkey
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Finland 1–1 Kosovo
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Attendance: 7,571
Ukraine 1–1 Iceland
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Iceland 3–2 Finland
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Kosovo 0–6 Croatia
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Turkey 2–2 Ukraine
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Attendance: 36,714

Finland 0–1 Croatia
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Attendance: 15,567
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Ukraine 3–0 Kosovo
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Iceland 2–0 Turkey
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Croatia 2–0 Iceland
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Turkey 2–0 Kosovo
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Attendance: 26,555
Ukraine 1–0 Finland
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Attendance: 26,482

Turkey 2–0 Finland
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Croatia 1–0 Ukraine
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Attendance: 27,351
Kosovo 1–2 Iceland
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Finland 1–2 Ukraine
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Attendance: 8,723
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)
Iceland 1–0 Croatia
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Kosovo 1–4 Turkey
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Finland 1–0 Iceland
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Croatia 1–0[note 7] Kosovo
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Attendance: 6,839
Ukraine 2–0 Turkey
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Iceland 2–0 Ukraine
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Kosovo 0–1 Finland
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Turkey 1–0 Croatia
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Croatia 1–1 Finland
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Attendance: 7,578
Kosovo 0–2 Ukraine
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Turkey 0–3 Iceland
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Finland 2–2 Turkey
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Attendance: 6,612
Iceland 2–0 Kosovo
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Ukraine 0–2 Croatia
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Attendance: 60,200
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 70 goals scored in 30 matches, for an average of 2.33 goals per match.

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own 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)
Aron Gunnarsson  Iceland Yellow card vs Ukraine (5 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Finland (6 October 2016)
vs Turkey (9 October 2016)
Niklas Moisander  Finland Yellow card vs Iceland (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Croatia (9 October 2016)
vs Ukraine (12 November 2016)
Hekuran Kryeziu  Kosovo Yellow card vs Finland (5 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Ukraine (9 October 2016)
vs Turkey (12 November 2016)
Emre Mor  Turkey Yellow card vs Ukraine (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Iceland (9 October 2016)
vs Kosovo (12 November 2016)
Ivan Perišić  Croatia Red card vs Iceland (12 November 2016) vs Ukraine (24 March 2017)
Theódór Elmar Bjarnason  Iceland Yellow card vs Ukraine (9 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Croatia (12 November 2016)
vs Kosovo (24 March 2017)
Enis Alushi  Kosovo Yellow card vs Finland (5 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Turkey (12 November 2016)
vs Iceland (24 March 2017)
Thomas Lam  Finland Yellow card vs Kosovo (5 September 2016)
Yellow card vs Ukraine (12 November 2016)
vs Turkey (24 March 2017)
Eduard Sobol  Ukraine Yellow card vs Turkey (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Finland (12 November 2016)
vs Croatia (24 March 2017)
Paulus Arajuuri  Finland Yellow card vs Iceland (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Turkey (24 March 2017)
vs Ukraine (11 June 2017)
Alexander Ring  Finland Yellow card vs Croatia (9 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Turkey (24 March 2017)
vs Ukraine (11 June 2017)
Yaroslav Rakitskiy  Ukraine Yellow card vs Finland (12 November 2016)
Yellow card vs Finland (11 June 2017)
vs Turkey (2 September 2017)
Bernard Berisha  Kosovo Yellow card Yellow-red card vs Turkey (11 June 2017) vs Croatia (2 September 2017)
Burak Yılmaz  Turkey Yellow card vs Kosovo (12 November 2016)
Yellow card vs Kosovo (11 June 2017)
vs Ukraine (2 September 2017)
Rúrik Gíslason  Iceland Yellow card Yellow-red card vs Finland (2 September 2017) vs Ukraine (5 September 2017)
Jere Uronen  Finland Yellow card vs Turkey (24 March 2017)
Yellow card vs Iceland (2 September 2017)
vs Kosovo (5 September 2017)
Milan Badelj  Croatia Yellow card vs Iceland (12 November 2016)
Yellow card vs Turkey (5 September 2017)
vs Finland (6 October 2017)
Robin Lod  Finland Yellow card vs Iceland (2 September 2017)
Yellow card vs Kosovo (5 September 2017)
vs Croatia (6 October 2017)
Emil Hallfreðsson  Iceland Yellow card vs Finland (2 September 2017)
Yellow card vs Ukraine (5 September 2017)
vs Turkey (6 October 2017)
Bernard Berisha  Kosovo Yellow card vs Turkey (11 June 2017)
Yellow card vs Finland (5 September 2017)
vs Ukraine (6 October 2017)
Valon Berisha  Kosovo Yellow card vs Ukraine (9 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Finland (5 September 2017)
vs Ukraine (6 October 2017)
Hakan Çalhanoğlu  Turkey Yellow card vs Ukraine (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Croatia (5 September 2017)
vs Iceland (6 October 2017)
Viktor Kovalenko  Ukraine Yellow card vs Finland (11 June 2017)
Yellow card vs Iceland (5 September 2017)
vs Kosovo (6 October 2017)
Oleksandr Zinchenko  Ukraine Yellow card vs Finland (12 November 2016)
Yellow card vs Iceland (5 September 2017)
vs Kosovo (6 October 2017)
Hekuran Kryeziu  Kosovo Yellow card vs Iceland (24 March 2017)
Yellow card vs Ukraine (6 October 2017)
vs Iceland (9 October 2017)
Caner Erkin  Turkey Yellow card vs Ukraine (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Iceland (6 October 2017)
vs Finland (9 October 2017)
Artem Kravets  Ukraine Yellow card vs Finland (12 November 2016)
Yellow card vs Kosovo (6 October 2017)
vs Croatia (9 October 2017)
Ivan Ordets  Ukraine Yellow card vs Turkey (6 October 2016)
Yellow card vs Kosovo (6 October 2017)
vs Croatia (9 October 2017)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 12 November 2016 and 24 March 2017, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ a b Croatia were sanctioned by FIFA to play two home matches (against Turkey on 5 September 2016 and against Iceland on 12 November 2016) without spectators for two cases of discriminatory chants by fans, which occurred during friendly matches against Israel on 23 March 2016 and against Hungary on 26 March 2016, having already been sanctioned for similar incidents by FIFA and UEFA.[9]
  3. ^ Ukraine were sanctioned by FIFA to play one home match (against Iceland on 5 September 2016) without spectators for racist behaviour in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against San Marino at Arena Lviv, Lviv. In addition, the Football Federation of Ukraine were ordered not to play any of its 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches at Arena Lviv.[10][11]
  4. ^ a b c d e Kosovo play their home matches at Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër in Albania instead of their regular stadium, City Stadium, Pristina in Kosovo.[12]
  5. ^ The Ukraine v Kosovo match was played in a neutral venue due to Ukraine's non-recognition of Kosovo's travel documents.[13]
  6. ^ a b The home matches of Turkey against Kosovo and Finland were changed to 18:00 CET (20:00 local time) due to the decision of the Turkish government to use the UTC+3 time zone all year round starting from September 2016.
  7. ^ The Croatia v Kosovo match was suspended after 21 minutes due to torrential rain, with the score 0–0 at the time. The match was resumed on 3 September, 14:30 UTC+2.[14]

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. ^ "FIFA Congress drives football forward, first female secretary general appointed". FIFA.com. 13 May 2016. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Kosovo to play in Group I in European Qualifiers". uefa.org. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 9 June 2016. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Kosovo and Gibraltar assigned to 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying groups". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). 9 June 2016. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  7. ^ "World Cup European Qualifiers fixtures confirmed". UEFA.com. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Fixture List – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 August 2015.
  9. ^ "FIFA sanctions several football associations after discriminatory chants by fans". FIFA.com. 27 May 2016. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Sanctions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee against Ukraine and Peru". FIFA.com. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016.
  11. ^ "FIFA rejects Ukraine appeal; sanctions for discrimination upheld". FIFA.com. 27 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 August 2016.
  12. ^ ""Loro Boriçi", shtëpia e përkohshme e Kosovës". Radio Television of Kosovo. Archived from the original on 29 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Ukraine's national teams to play Kosovo at neutral venues". InSerbia. 6 September 2016. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Croatia v Kosovo qualifier to resume on Sunday". uefa.com. 3 September 2017. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017.

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