2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA play-off)

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup European Qualification Playoffs were a set of home-and-away playoffs to decide the final three places granted to national football teams from European nations (more precisely, UEFA members) for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

By the rules of the UEFA qualifying tournament, the first-place finishers in each of eight groups received automatic berths, along with the two second-place teams that had earned the most points against teams in the top six of their individual groups.

The six remaining second-place teams were divided into two pots based on their standings in the September 2005 FIFA World Rankings. The division was:

Pot 1 Pot 2

 Czech Republic (4)
 Spain (8)
 Turkey (12)

 Norway (37)
  Switzerland (38)
 Slovakia (45)

A draw was held on 14 October 2005 at FIFA headquarters in Zürich to pair each team from Pot 1 with a team from Pot 2. A second draw at the same time and location determined the order of the fixtures.

The playoffs were decided by the standard FIFA method of aggregate score, with away goals and, if necessary, extra time with the possibility of a penalty shootout at the end of the second leg. The winner of each playoff was awarded a place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Spain  6–2  Slovakia 5–1 1–1
Switzerland   4–4 (a)  Turkey 2–0 2–4
Norway  0–2  Czech Republic 0–1 0–1

First leg[edit]

Norway 0–1 Czech Republic
Report Šmicer Goal 31'
Attendance: 24,264

Switzerland  2–0 Turkey
Senderos Goal 41'
Behrami Goal 86'
Attendance: 31,130

Spain 5–1 Slovakia
García Goal 10'18'74'
Torres Goal 65' (pen.)
Morientes Goal 79'
Report Németh Goal 49'

Second leg[edit]

Czech Republic 1–0 Norway
Rosický Goal 35' Report
Attendance: 17,464
Referee: Graham Poll (England)

Czech Republic won 2–0 on aggregate.

Turkey 4–2  Switzerland
Tuncay Goal 22'36'89'
Necati Goal 52' (pen.)
Report Frei Goal 2' (pen.)
Streller Goal 84'

4–4 on aggregate. Switzerland won on away goals.

Slovakia 1–1 Spain
Hološko Goal 50' Report Villa Goal 71'
Attendance: 23,587
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

Spain won 6–2 on aggregate.