UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs

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Gianni Infantino (left) and Zbigniew Boniek during a draw for the play-offs

The UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-off ties were played over two legs, with the first legs on 11 November and the second legs on 15 November 2011.[1] The four winners are found according to the standard rules for the knockout phase in European competitions, and the winners qualified for the Euro 2012 tournament.[2] Qualifying play-offs was a second stage (round) of UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying.

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

The highest ranked second placed team from the groups qualified automatically for the tournament, while the remainder entered the playoffs. As some groups contain six teams and some five, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group were not included in this ranking. As a result, a total of eight matches played by each team count toward the purpose of the second-placed ranking table.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E  Sweden 8 6 0 2 20 11 +9 18 Qualify for final tournament
2 H  Portugal 8 5 1 2 21 12 +9 16 Advance to play-offs
3 F  Croatia 8 5 1 2 12 6 +6 16
4 B  Republic of Ireland 8 4 3 1 10 6 +4 15
5 D  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 4 2 2 9 8 +1 14
6 I  Czech Republic 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 13
7 C  Estonia 8 4 1 3 13 11 +2 13
8 G  Montenegro 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 12
9 A  Turkey 8 3 2 3 8 10 −2 11
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system; 6) Fair play ranking; 7) Drawing of lots.

Seedings[edit]

Zbigniew Boniek during the draw

The draw for the play-offs was held on 13 October 2011 in Kraków, Poland, to determine the four pairings as well as the order of the home and away ties.[3]

After the controversy caused by the UEFA play-offs during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying – which was originally to be an unseeded draw, but was later altered by FIFA to a seeded one – UEFA stated from the outset that the draw for the play-offs would be seeded.[2] The four runners-up with the best positions in the UEFA team coefficient ranking system were therefore seeded.

Each nation's coefficient was generated by calculating:[4]

The seedings were as follows:[5]

Pot 1 (seeded)
Team Coeff Rank
 Croatia 32.723 7
 Portugal 31.202 11
 Republic of Ireland 28.203 13
 Czech Republic 27.982 15
Pot 2 (unseeded)
Team Coeff Rank
 Turkey 27.601 18
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 27.199 19
 Montenegro 21.876 35
 Estonia 20.355 37

Summary[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Turkey  0–3  Croatia 0–3 0–0
Estonia  1–5  Republic of Ireland 0–4 1–1
Czech Republic  3–0  Montenegro 2–0 1–0
Bosnia and Herzegovina  2–6  Portugal 0–0 2–6

Matches[edit]

11 November 2011
21:05 UTC+2
Turkey  0–3  Croatia
Report Olić Goal 2'
Mandžukić Goal 32'
Ćorluka Goal 51'
Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
Attendance: 42,863[6]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

15 November 2011
20:05 UTC+1
Croatia  0–0  Turkey
Report
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 26,371[7]
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

Croatia won 3–0 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.


11 November 2011
21:45 UTC+2
Estonia  0–4  Republic of Ireland
Report Andrews Goal 13'
Walters Goal 67'
Keane Goal 71'88' (pen.)
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn
Attendance: 9,692[8]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

15 November 2011
19:45 UTC±0
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Estonia
Ward Goal 32' Report Vassiljev Goal 57'
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 51,151[9]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Republic of Ireland won 5–1 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.


11 November 2011
20:15 UTC+1
Czech Republic  2–0  Montenegro
Pilař Goal 63'
Sivok Goal 90+2'
Report
Generali Arena, Prague
Attendance: 14,560[10]
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

15 November 2011
20:15 UTC+1
Montenegro  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Jiráček Goal 81'

Czech Republic won 3–0 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.


11 November 2011
20:00 UTC+1
Bosnia and Herzegovina  0–0  Portugal
Report
Bilino Polje, Zenica
Attendance: 12,352[12]
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

15 November 2011
21:00 UTC±0
Portugal  6–2  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ronaldo Goal 8'53'
Nani Goal 24'
Postiga Goal 72'82'
Veloso Goal 80'
Report Misimović Goal 41' (pen.)
Spahić Goal 65'
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 47,728[13]
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Portugal won 6–2 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2012.

Goalscorers[edit]

2 goals
1 goal

Discipline[edit]

References[edit]