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1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA – Group 3)

Group 3 consisted of seven of the 39 teams entered into the European zone:[1] 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.

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StandingsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Spain 12 8 3 1 27 4 +23 19
  Republic of Ireland 12 7 4 1 19 6 +13 18
  Denmark 12 7 4 1 15 2 +13 18
  Northern Ireland 12 5 3 4 14 13 +1 13
  Lithuania 12 2 3 7 8 21 −13 7
  Latvia 12 0 5 7 4 21 −17 5
  Albania 12 1 2 9 6 26 −20 4

ResultsEdit

Spain  3–0  Albania
Míchel   2'66' (pen.)
Hierro   87'
Report

Northern Ireland  2–2  Lithuania
Wilson   13'
Taggart   16'
Report Narbekovas   41'
Fridrikas   48'
Attendance: 4,500

Republic of Ireland  2–0  Albania
Aldridge   60'
McGrath   80'
Report
Attendance: 29,727

Albania  1–0  Lithuania
Abazi   77' Report
Attendance: 12,000

Latvia  1–2  Lithuania
Linards   15' Report Poderis   66'
Tereškinas   85'
Attendance: 6,897

Latvia  0–0  Denmark
Report
Attendance: 8,124

Republic of Ireland  4–0  Latvia
Sheedy   30'
Aldridge   59'82' (pen.)86'
Report
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

Northern Ireland  3–0  Albania
Clarke   14'
Wilson   31'
Magilton   44'
Report
Attendance: 4,756

Latvia  0–0  Spain
Report
Attendance: 6,220

Lithuania  0–0  Denmark
Report
Attendance: 10,500

Denmark  0–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Attendance: 40,100

Northern Ireland  0–0  Spain
Report
Attendance: 10,343

Lithuania  1–1  Latvia
Fridrikas   85' Report Linards   44'
Attendance: 4,000

Albania  1–1  Latvia
Kepa   67' Report Aleksejenko   3'
Attendance: 3,500

Northern Ireland  0–1  Denmark
Report H. Larsen   51'
Attendance: 11,000

Spain  0–0  Republic of Ireland
Report

Spain  5–0  Latvia
Bakero   49'
Guardiola   51'
Alfonso   80'
Begiristain   82'83'
Report
Attendance: 19,000

Albania  1–2  Northern Ireland
Rraklli   90' Report Donaghy   15'
McDonald   41'

Spain  5–0  Lithuania
Cristóbal   5'
Bakero   12'
Begiristain   17'
Christiansen   86'
Aldana   90'
Report
Attendance: 20,000

Denmark  1–0  Spain
Povlsen   20' Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 40,272


Denmark  2–0  Latvia
Vilfort   23'
Strudal   76'
Report
Attendance: 29,000

Lithuania  3–1  Albania
Baltušnikas   20'
Sukristovas   25'
Baranauskas   63'
Report Demollari   86'

Republic of Ireland  1–1  Denmark
Quinn   75' Report Vilfort   27'
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Rémi Harrel (France)

Spain  3–1  Northern Ireland
J. Salinas   21'26'
Hierro   41'
Report Wilson   11'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Leif Sundell (Sweden)

Latvia  0–0  Albania
Report
Attendance: 3,100
Referee: Alan Howells (Wales)

Lithuania  0–1  Northern Ireland
Report Dowie   8'
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Esa Palsi (Finland)

Albania  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Kushta   8' Report[permanent dead link] Staunton   12'
Cascarino   77'

Denmark  4–0  Albania
J. Jensen   11'
Pingel   20'40'
Møller   28'
Report
Attendance: 39,503

Latvia  1–2  Northern Ireland
Linards   55' Report Magilton   4'
Taggart   15'
Attendance: 2,764
Referee: Piotr Werner (Poland)

Lithuania  0–2  Spain
Report Guerrero   73'77'

Latvia  0–2  Republic of Ireland
Report Aldridge   14'
McGrath   42'
Attendance: 5,113

Lithuania  0–1  Republic of Ireland
Report Staunton   38'[2]

Denmark  4–0  Lithuania
L. Olsen   13'
Pingel   44'
B. Laudrup   64'
Vilfort   71'
Report
Attendance: 40,282

Albania  0–1  Denmark
Report Pingel   63'
Attendance: 8,000

Republic of Ireland  2–0  Lithuania
Aldridge   4'
Kernaghan   25'
Report
Attendance: 33,000

Northern Ireland  2–0  Latvia
Quinn   35'
Gray   80'
Report
Attendance: 6,400

Albania  1–5  Spain
Kushta   40' Report J. Salinas   4'30'58'
Toni   18'
Caminero   67'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Rémi Harrel (France)

Denmark  1–0  Northern Ireland
B. Laudrup   83' Report
Attendance: 40,242
Referee: Vadim Zhuk (Belarus)

Republic of Ireland  1–3  Spain
Sheridan   72' Report Caminero   11'
J. Salinas   14'26'
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)

Northern Ireland  1–1  Republic of Ireland
Quinn   74' Report McLoughlin   78'
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)

Spain  1–0  Denmark
Hierro   63' Report

GoalscorersEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Other sources attribute this goal as an own goal by Baltušnikas of Lithuania.

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