1978 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 4

Group 4 consisted of four of the 32 teams entered into the European zone:[1] Belgium, Iceland, Netherlands, and Northern Ireland. These four teams competed on a home-and-away basis for one of the 8.5 spots in the final tournament allocated to the European zone. The spot would be assigned to the group's winner.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Netherlands 6 5 1 0 11 3 +8 11
2   Belgium 6 3 0 3 7 6 +1 6
3   Northern Ireland 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1 5
4   Iceland 6 1 0 5 2 12 −10 2

MatchesEdit

Iceland  0 – 1  Belgium
Report Van Der Elst   73'
Referee: Carpenter (Republic of Ireland)

Iceland  0 – 1  Netherlands
Report Geels   42'
Referee: Mulhall (Republic of Ireland)

Netherlands  2 – 2  Northern Ireland
Krol   64'
Cruyff   66'
Report McGrath   4'
Spence   88'
Referee: Martinez (Spain)

Belgium  2 – 0  Northern Ireland
Van Gool   29'
Lambert   52'
Report
Referee: Prokop (East Germany)

Belgium  0 – 2  Netherlands
Report Rep   19'
Cruyff   65'
Referee: Gonella (Italy)

Iceland  1 – 0  Northern Ireland
Albertsson   33' Report

Netherlands  4 – 1  Iceland
Van Hanegem   15'
Geels   18', 89' (pen.)
Rep   35'
Report Sigurvinsson   68'
Referee: Hirviniemi (Finland)

Belgium  4 – 0  Iceland
Van Binst   15'
Martens   20'
Courant   60'
Lambert   65'
Report
Referee: Thime (Norway)

Northern Ireland  2 – 0  Iceland
McGrath   67'
McIlroy   76'
Report

Northern Ireland  0 – 1  Netherlands
Report W. van de Kerkhof   76'
Referee: Garrido (Portugal)

Netherlands  1 – 0  Belgium
R. van de Kerkhof   4' Report
Referee: Partridge (England)

Northern Ireland  3 – 0  Belgium
Armstrong   42', 74'
McGrath   58'
Report
Referee: Konrath (France)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Only 31 of the entered teams actually competed in the qualification tournament: West Germany qualified for the World Cup automatically as defending champions.

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