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2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A

Belgium defending against a Serbian corner in an away match

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualification UEFA Group A was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Belgium, Croatia, Macedonia, Scotland, Serbia and Wales.

The group winners, Belgium, qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Croatia placed among the eight best runners-up and advanced to the play-offs, where they were drawn to play home-and-away matches against Iceland.[1][2] They drew the first match and won the second, thus also qualifying for the World Cup.[3]

StandingsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
  Belgium 10 8 2 0 18 4 +14 26 Qualification to 2014 FIFA World Cup 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–0
  Croatia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17 Advance to second round 1–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–0
  Serbia 10 4 2 4 18 11 +7 14 0–3 1–1 2–0 6–1 5–1
  Scotland 10 3 2 5 8 12 −4 11 0–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–1
  Wales 10 3 1 6 9 20 −11 10 0–2 1–2 0–3 2–1 1–0
  Macedonia 10 2 1 7 7 16 −9 7 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 2–1
  Winner qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  Runner-up (ranked as one of the eight best runners-up among all nine groups) advanced to the play-offs

MatchesEdit

The match schedule was determined at a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 23 November 2011.[4]

Croatia  1–0  Macedonia
Jelavić   69' Report
Attendance: 13,883
Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)
Wales  0–2  Belgium
Report Kompany   42'
Vertonghen   83'
Scotland  0–0  Serbia
Report
Attendance: 47,369

Serbia  6–1  Wales
Kolarov   16'
Tošić   24'
Đuričić   37'
Tadić   55'
Ivanović   80'
Sulejmani   90'
Report Bale   31'
Attendance: 10,660
Belgium  1–1  Croatia
Gillet   45+1' Report Perišić   6'
Scotland  1–1  Macedonia
Miller   43' Report Noveski   11'
Attendance: 32,430

Macedonia  1–2  Croatia
Ibraimi   16' Report Ćorluka   33'
Rakitić   60'
Attendance: 25,230
Serbia  0–3  Belgium
Report Benteke   34'
De Bruyne   68'
Mirallas   90+1'
Wales  2–1  Scotland
Bale   80' (pen.)87' Report Morrison   27'
Attendance: 23,249

Croatia  2–0  Wales
Mandžukić   27'
Eduardo   57'
Report
Attendance: 17,500
Macedonia  1–0  Serbia
Ibraimi   59' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 26,181
Belgium  2–0  Scotland
Benteke   68'
Kompany   71'
Report

Croatia  2–0  Serbia
Mandžukić   23'
Olić   37'
Report
Attendance: 35,722
Macedonia  0–2  Belgium
Report De Bruyne   26'
Hazard   62' (pen.)
Attendance: 15,947
Scotland  1–2  Wales
Hanley   45+2' Report Ramsey   72' (pen.)
Robson-Kanu   74'
Attendance: 39,365

Serbia  2–0  Scotland
Đuričić   60'66' Report
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
Belgium  1–0  Macedonia
Hazard   62' Report
Wales  1–2  Croatia
Bale   21' (pen.) Report Lovren   77'
Eduardo   87'
Attendance: 12,534
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)

Croatia  0–1  Scotland
Report Snodgrass   26'
Belgium  2–1  Serbia
De Bruyne   13'
Fellaini   60'
Report Kolarov   87'

Macedonia  2–1  Wales
Tričkovski   20'
Trajkovski   80'
Report Ramsey   39' (pen.)
Attendance: 18,000
Serbia  1–1  Croatia
Mitrović   66' Report Mandžukić   53'
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Scotland  0–2  Belgium
Report Defour   34'
Mirallas   89'
Attendance: 40,284

Macedonia  1–2  Scotland
Kostovski   85' Report Anya   60'
Maloney   89'
Attendance: 14,093
Wales  0–3  Serbia
Report Đorđević   8'
Kolarov   38'
Marković   55'

Croatia  1–2  Belgium
Kranjčar   84' Report Lukaku   16'38'
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
Wales  1–0  Macedonia
Church   67' Report
Attendance: 11,257

Serbia  5–1  Macedonia
Tošić   16'
Basta   19'
Kolarov   38' (pen.)
Tadić   54'
Šćepović   74'
Report Jahović   83'
Attendance: 8,294
Belgium  1–1  Wales
De Bruyne   64' Report Ramsey   88'
Scotland  2–0  Croatia
Snodgrass   28'
Naismith   73'
Report
Attendance: 30,172

GoalscorersEdit

DisciplineEdit

Pos Player Country     Suspended for match(es) Reason
DF Milan Biševac   Serbia 4 0 vs Croatia (22 March 2013)
vs Croatia (6 September 2013)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Guillaume Gillet   Belgium 2 0 vs Serbia (12 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Aaron Ramsey   Wales 2 0 vs Croatia (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ognjen Vukojević   Croatia 3 0 vs Wales (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Goran Pandev   Macedonia 3 0 vs Serbia (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Daniel Georgievski   Macedonia 2 0 vs Belgium (22 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Aleksandar Kolarov   Serbia 2 0 vs Scotland (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Boban Grncarov   Macedonia 2 0 vs Belgium (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Muhamed Demiri   Macedonia 2 0 vs Belgium (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Matija Nastasić   Serbia 2 0 vs Belgium (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Charlie Adam   Scotland 2 0 vs Croatia (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Vedran Ćorluka   Croatia 3 0 vs Scotland (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Dejan Lovren   Croatia 2 0 vs Scotland (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Luka Modrić   Croatia 3 0 vs Scotland (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ferhan Hasani   Macedonia 2 0 vs Wales (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Hal Robson-Kanu   Wales 2 0 vs Macedonia (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
GK Allan McGregor   Scotland 2 0 vs Belgium (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Agim Ibraimi   Macedonia 2 0 vs Scotland (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
ST Aleksandar Mitrovic   Serbia 2 0 vs Wales (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Zoran Tošić   Serbia 2 0 vs Wales (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Darijo Srna   Croatia 2 0 vs Belgium (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Steven Whittaker   Scotland 2 0 vs Croatia (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Andrew Crofts   Wales 2 0 vs Macedonia (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Ljubomir Fejsa   Serbia 2 0 vs Macedonia (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Marouane Fellaini   Belgium 2 0 vs Wales (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Vanče Šikov   Macedonia 2 0 vs Serbia (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF James Collins   Wales 0 1 vs Serbia (11 September 2012) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Nenad Tomović   Serbia 0 1 vs Croatia (22 March 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Robert Snodgrass   Scotland 4 1 vs Serbia (26 March 2013)
vs Macedonia (10 September 2013)
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Aaron Ramsey   Wales 0 1 vs Croatia (26 March 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Nemanja Matić   Serbia 2 1 vs Wales (10 September 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Josip Šimunić   Croatia 1 1 vs Belgium (11 October 2013)
vs Scotland (15 October 2013)
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil – Preliminary Competition Format and Draw Procedures – European Zone" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ "European play-off ties confirmed". FIFA. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Ten-man Croatia sink Iceland to qualify". FIFA. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Rode Duivels openen WK-kwalificatie met drieluik Wales-Kroatië-Servië" [Red Devils open World Cup qualifiers with Wales-Croatia-Serbia treble]. hln.be (in Dutch). 23 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-11-27. Retrieved 24 November 2011.

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