2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group I

The 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group I was a UEFA qualifying group for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The group comprised 2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain, along with France, Belarus, Georgia and Finland.

Spain won the group and thus qualified directly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. France ranked among the eight best runners-up and advanced to the play-offs, where they were drawn to play home-and-away matches against Ukraine.[1] After losing the first match by two goals, they won the second by three, thus qualifying for the World Cup.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Spain 8 6 2 0 14 3 +11 20 Qualification to 2014 FIFA World Cup 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1
2   France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17 Advance to second round 0–1 3–0 3–1 3–1
3   Finland 8 2 3 3 5 9 −4 9 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0
4   Georgia 8 1 2 5 3 10 −7 5 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0
5   Belarus 8 1 1 6 7 16 −9 4 0–4 2–4 1–1 2–0

MatchesEdit

The fixtures were decided at a meeting held in Paris, France, on 23 September 2011.[2]

Georgia  1–0  Belarus
Okriashvili   52' Report
Attendance: 20,000
Finland  0–1  France
Report Diaby   20'
Attendance: 35,111

Georgia  0–1  Spain
Report Soldado   86'
Attendance: 54,598
France  3–1  Belarus
Capoue   49'
Jallet   68'
Ribéry   80'
Report Putsila   72'
Attendance: 52,552

Finland  1–1  Georgia
Hämäläinen   62' Report Kashia   56'
Attendance: 12,607
Belarus  0–4  Spain
Report Alba   12'
Pedro   21', 69', 79'
Attendance: 28,800

Belarus  2–0  Georgia
Bressan   6'
Drahun   28'
Report
Attendance: 15,300
Spain  1–1  France
Ramos   25' Report Giroud   90+4'
Attendance: 46,825
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Spain  1–1  Finland
Ramos   49' Report Pukki   79'
Attendance: 27,637
France  3–1  Georgia
Giroud   45+1'
Valbuena   47'
Ribéry   61'
Report Kobakhidze   71'
Attendance: 71,147
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

France  0–1  Spain
Report Pedro   58'
Attendance: 78,329

Finland  1–0  Belarus
Shitov   57' (o.g.) Report
Attendance: 24,916
Referee: Eli Hacmon (Israel)

Belarus  1–1  Finland
Verkhovtsov   85' Report Pukki   24'

Georgia  0–0  France
Report
Attendance: 26,360
Finland  0–2  Spain
Report Alba   19'
Negredo   86'
Attendance: 37,492
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)

Georgia  0–1  Finland
Report R. Eremenko   74' (pen.)
Attendance: 25,321
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)
Belarus  2–4  France
Filipenko   32'
Kalachev   57'
Report Ribéry   47' (pen.), 64'
Nasri   71'
Pogba   73'
Attendance: 12,203

Spain  2–1  Belarus
Xavi   61'
Negredo   78'
Report Kornilenko   89'
Attendance: 22,900

France  3–0  Finland
Ribéry   8'
Toivio   75' (o.g.)
Benzema   87'
Report
Spain  2–0  Georgia
Negredo   26'
Mata   61'
Report
Attendance: 16,133

GoalscorersEdit

There were 44 goals in 20 matches, for an average of 2.20 goals per match.

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 Own goal

DisciplineEdit

Pos Player Country     Suspended for match(es) Reason
MF Alexei Eremenko   Finland 2 1 vs Spain (22 March 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Paul Pogba   France 2 1 vs Georgia (6 September 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Pavel Nekhaichik   Belarus 2 1 vs Finland (11 June 2013) Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
DF Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa   France 2 0 vs Spain (16 October 2012) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Jaba Kankava   Georgia 4 1 vs France (22 March 2013)
vs Spain (15 October 2013)
Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match
MF Tornike Okriashvili   Georgia 3 0 vs France (22 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
FW David Silva   Spain 2 0 vs France (26 March 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Niklas Moisander   Finland 2 0 vs Belarus (7 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Markus Halsti   Finland 2 0 vs Belarus (11 June 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Yohan Cabaye   France 2 0 vs Georgia (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Blaise Matuidi   France 2 0 vs Georgia (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Përparim Hetemaj   Finland 3 0 vs Spain (6 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
GK Giorgi Loria   Georgia 2 0 vs Finland (10 September 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF David Targamadze   Georgia 2 0 vs Spain (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
DF Gia Grigalava   Georgia 2 0 vs Spain (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches
MF Tim Sparv   Finland 2 0 vs France (15 October 2013) Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches

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. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  2. ^ Составлен календарь матчей отборочного раунда ЧМ-2014 [List of qualifiers for 2014 World Cup] (in Russian). Belarus Football Federation. 23 September 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011.

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