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2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group B

The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group B was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.

Armenia vs Bulgaria

The group winners, Italy, qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Denmark finished runners-up, but were ranked as the poorest of the nine group runners-up and so did not advance to the play-offs.[1]

StandingsEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts            
  Italy (Q) 10 6 4 0 19 9 +10 22 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–0
  Denmark 10 4 4 2 17 12 +5 16 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–4 6–0
  Czech Republic 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15 0–0 0–3 0–0 1–2 3–1
  Bulgaria 10 3 4 3 14 9 +5 13 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 6–0
  Armenia 10 4 1 5 12 13 −1 13 1–3 0–1 0–3 2–1 0–1
  Malta 10 1 0 9 5 28 −23 3 0–2 1–2 1–4 1–2 0–1
Source:[citation needed]
(Q) Qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Denmark was ranked as the worst runner-up among all nine groups (having scored fewer points than the other eight) and so they failed to advance to the play-offs.

MatchesEdit

The match schedule was determined at a meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, on 28 November 2011.[2]

Malta  0–1  Armenia
Report Sarkisov   70'
Attendance: 3,517
Referee: Rene Eisner (Austria)

Bulgaria  2–2  Italy
Manolev   30'
G. Milanov   66'
Report Osvaldo   36'40'

Denmark  0–0  Czech Republic
Report
Attendance: 24,004

Bulgaria  1–0  Armenia
Manolev   43' Report

Italy  2–0  Malta
Destro   5'
Peluso   90+2'
Report
Attendance: 18,000

Czech Republic  3–1  Malta
Gebre Selassie   34'
Pekhart   52'
Rezek   67'
Report Briffa   38'

Armenia  1–3  Italy
Mkhitaryan   28' Report Pirlo   11' (pen.)
De Rossi   64'
Osvaldo   82'
Attendance: 25,000[3]

Bulgaria  1–1  Denmark
Rangelov   7' Report Bendtner   40'

Czech Republic  0–0  Bulgaria
Report
Attendance: 16,163

Italy  3–1  Denmark
Montolivo   34'
De Rossi   37'
Balotelli   54'
Report Kvist   45+1'
Attendance: 37,027

Bulgaria  6–0  Malta
Tonev   6'38'68'
I. Popov   47'
Gargorov   55'
Ivanov   78'
Report

Czech Republic  0–3  Denmark
Report Cornelius   57'
Kjær   67'
Zimling   83'
Attendance: 12,288

Armenia  0–3  Czech Republic
Report Vydra   47'81'
Kolář   90+4'
Attendance: 14,403

Denmark  1–1  Bulgaria
Agger   63' (pen.) Report Manolev   51'
Attendance: 22,357

Malta  0–2  Italy
Report Balotelli   8' (pen.)45'

Armenia  0–1  Malta
Report Mifsud   8'

Czech Republic  0–0  Italy
Report
Attendance: 18,235

Denmark  0–4  Armenia
Report Movsisyan   1'59'
Özbiliz   19'
Mkhitaryan   82'
Attendance: 14,284

Czech Republic  1–2  Armenia
Rosický   70' Report Mkrtchyan   30'
Ghazaryan   90+2'
Attendance: 17,628

Malta  1–2  Denmark
Failla   38' Report Andreasen   2'
Camilleri   52' (o.g.)

Italy  1–0  Bulgaria
Gilardino   38' Report

Armenia  0–1  Denmark
Report Agger   73' (pen.)
Attendance: 23,000

Malta  1–2  Bulgaria
Herrera   77' Report Dimitrov   9'
Gargorov   59'
Attendance: 4,884

Italy  2–1  Czech Republic
Chiellini   51'
Balotelli   54' (pen.)
Report Kozák   19'
Attendance: 35,299

Armenia  2–1  Bulgaria
Özbiliz   45+1'
Movsisyan   87'
Report Popov   61'
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Malta  1–4  Czech Republic
Mifsud   47' Report Hübschman   3'
Lafata   33'
Kadlec   51'
Pekhart   90'
Attendance: 4,530
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)

Denmark  2–2  Italy
Bendtner   45+1'79' Report Osvaldo   28'
Aquilani   90+1'
Attendance: 35,305

Bulgaria  0–1  Czech Republic
Report Dočkal   51'

Denmark  6–0  Malta
Rasmussen   8'74'
Agger   11' (pen.)39' (pen.)
Bjelland   28'
Nielsen   84'
Report
Attendance: 11,479

Italy  2–2  Armenia
Florenzi   24'
Balotelli   76'
Report Movsisyan   5'
Mkhitaryan   70'
Attendance: 22,000
Notes
  1. ^ Bulgaria v Malta was played without spectators due to sanctions imposed by FIFA as a result of racist chanting by Bulgarian supporters at the home match against Denmark.[4]

GoalscorersEdit

DisciplineEdit

Pos Player Country     Suspended for match(es) Reason
DF Ivan Bandalovski   Bulgaria 2 1 vs Denmark (12 October 2012) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Gevorg Ghazaryan   Armenia 2 1 vs Italy (12 October 2012)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Mario Balotelli   Italy 3 1 vs Bulgaria (6 September 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
FW Marcos Pizzelli   Armenia 0 1 vs Italy (12 October 2012) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
FW Pablo Daniel Osvaldo   Italy 0 1 vs Armenia (12 October 2012)
vs Malta (26 March 2013)
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Sargis Hovsepyan   Armenia 2 0 vs Italy (12 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Andreas Cornelius   Denmark 2 0 vs Italy (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF William Kvist   Denmark 3 0 vs Czech Republic (23 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Karlen Mkrtchyan   Armenia 2 0 vs Czech Republic (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Hrayr Mkoyan   Armenia 2 0 vs Czech Republic (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Arthur Yedigaryan   Armenia 5 0 vs Czech Republic (26 March 2013)
vs Denmark (10 September 2013)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Daniele De Rossi   Italy 2 0 vs Malta (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Yordan Minev   Bulgaria 2 0 vs Denmark (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Nicolai Jørgensen   Denmark 2 0 vs Armenia (11 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Georgi Milanov   Bulgaria 2 0 vs Italy (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Luke Dimech   Malta 2 0 vs Denmark (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Alex Muscat   Malta 2 0 vs Denmark (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Vladimír Darida   Czech Republic 2 0 vs Armenia (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Robert Arzumanyan   Armenia 3 0 vs Denmark (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Yura Movsisyan   Armenia 3 0 vs Denmark (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Roderick Briffa   Malta 2 0 vs Bulgaria (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Varazdat Haroyan   Armenia 3 1 vs Bulgaria (11 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF André Schembri   Malta 2 0 vs Czech Republic (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Daniel Kolář   Czech Republic 2 1 vs Malta (11 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
ST Libor Kozák   Czech Republic 2 0 vs Malta (11 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Yordan Minev   Bulgaria 2 0 vs Czech Republic (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Svetoslav Dyakov   Bulgaria 3 1 vs Czech Republic (15 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Nikolay Bodurov   Bulgaria 1 1 vs Czech Republic (15 October 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
ST Michael Mifsud   Malta 2 0 vs Denmark (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Tomáš Sivok   Czech Republic 2 0 vs Bulgaria (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Niki Zimling   Denmark 2 0 vs Malta (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW Nicklas Bendtner   Denmark 2 0 vs Malta (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Nicolai Boilesen   Denmark 2 0 vs Malta (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches

AttendancesEdit

Team Total Highest Lowest Average
  Armenia 81,903 25,000 8,500 16,381
  Bulgaria 77,120 25,464 0 15,424
  Czech Republic 74,672 18,235 10,358 14,934
  Denmark 107,429 35,305 11,479 21,486
  Italy 140,988 37,027 18,000 28,198
  Malta 35,518 18,000 3,517 7,104

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. ^ "Čeští fotbalisté začnou boj o MS v září v Dánsku. Itálii vyzvou až v roce 2013" [Czech footballers will start fight for the World Championships in September in Denmark – head to Italy in 2013] (in Czech). 28 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  3. ^ Armenia vs Italy match report
  4. ^ "Hungary and Bulgaria sanctioned to play without spectators". FIFA. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.

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