1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA – Group 3)
Group 3 consisted of seven of the 39 teams entered into the European zone: Albania, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Spain. These seven teams competed on a home-and-away basis for two of the 12 spots in the final tournament allocated to the European zone, with the group's winner and runner-up claiming those spots. All of the games played in Spain were played in both the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán and Benito Villamarín stadiums in Seville because of the warmer weather there.
One of the most popular topics of the group was the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland being in the same group. The Republic would clinch qualification in the final round of games by drawing away to their northern rivals, while Spain's 1–0 win over Denmark meant they qualified as winners. Spain qualified with the best record among the group winners. In one of the closest qualifying groups, just one point separated the top three sides. The Republic of Ireland qualified at Denmark's expense only on goals scored, as their points and goal difference were identical.
|Republic of Ireland||12||7||4||1||19||6||+13||18|
|Míchel 2', 66' (pen.)
|Republic of Ireland||2–0||Albania|
|Linards 15'||Report||Poderis 66'
|Republic of Ireland||4–0||Latvia|
Aldridge 59', 82' (pen.), 86'
|Denmark||0–0||Republic of Ireland|
|Fridrikas 85'||Report||Linards 44'|
|Kepa 67'||Report||Aleksejenko 3'|
|Report||H. Larsen 51'|
|Spain||0–0||Republic of Ireland|
Begiristain 82', 83'
|Rraklli 90'||Report||Donaghy 15'
|Povlsen 20'||Report[permanent dead link]|
|Republic of Ireland||3–0||Northern Ireland|
|Report[permanent dead link]|
|Republic of Ireland||1–1||Denmark|
|Quinn 75'||Report||Vilfort 27'|
|J. Salinas 21', 26'
|Albania||1–2||Republic of Ireland|
|Kushta 8'||Report[permanent dead link]||Staunton 12'
|J. Jensen 11'
Pingel 20', 40'
|Linards 55'||Report||Magilton 4'
|Report||Guerrero 73', 77'|
|Latvia||0–2||Republic of Ireland|
|Lithuania||0–1||Republic of Ireland|
|L. Olsen 13'
B. Laudrup 64'
|Republic of Ireland||2–0||Lithuania|
|Kushta 40'||Report||J. Salinas 4', 30', 58'
|B. Laudrup 83'||Report|
|Republic of Ireland||1–3||Spain|
|Sheridan 72'||Report||Caminero 11'
J. Salinas 14', 26'
|Northern Ireland||1–1||Republic of Ireland|
|Quinn 74'||Report||McLoughlin 78'|
- 7 goals
- 6 goals
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Only 37 of the entered teams actually competed in the qualification tournament: Germany qualified for the World Cup automatically as defending champions and Liechtenstein withdrew before the draw was made Additionally, Yugoslavia was suspended by FIFA due to UN sanctions stemming from the Yugoslav wars.
- Other sources attribute this goal as an own goal by Baltušnikas of Lithuania.