The UEFA Second Round was contested by the best eight runners-up from the nine first round groups from the UEFA segment of the qualification tournament for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in football. The winners — Croatia, France, Greece, and Portugal — of each of four home and away ties joined the group winners in the World Cup in Brazil. The matches, which are often referred to as 'play-offs', were held on 15 and 19 November 2013.
The eight best runners-up from the UEFA First Round qualified for the play-offs; with one group having one team fewer than the others, matches against the sixth-placed team in each First Round group are not included in this ranking. As a result, eight matches played by each team counted for the purposes of ranking the runners-up (below table).
Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit
The eight best runners-up were determined by the following parameters in this order:
- Highest number of points
- Goal difference
- Highest number of goals scored
|1||G||Greece||8||6||1||1||9||4||+5||19||Advance to second round (play-offs)|
Seeding and drawEdit
The second round draw took place at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich on 21 October at 14:00 UTC+2. October 2013 FIFA World Rankings were used to decide which of the teams would be seeded (shown below in brackets).
The draw was conducted by Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, with the assistance of former Switzerland international Alexander Frei. The matches were played on 15 and 19 November 2013.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Ibrahimović 68', 72'||Report||Ronaldo 50', 77', 79'|
Yarmolenko 82' (pen.)
|Sakho 22', 72'
|Mitroglou 14', 67'
|Torosidis 55' (o.g.)||Report||Mitroglou 23'|
|Pos||Player||Country||Suspended for match(es)||Reason|
|DF||Birkir Már Sævarsson||Iceland||2||0||vs Croatia (15 November 2013)||Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches|
|MF||Ognjen Vukojević||Croatia||2||0||vs Iceland (15 November 2013)||Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches|
|FW||Panagiotis Kone||Greece||2||0||vs Romania (15 November 2013)||Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying matches|
|MF||Ólafur Ingi Skúlason||Iceland||0||1||vs Croatia (19 November 2013)||Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match|
|FW||Mario Mandžukić||Croatia||0||1||vs Brazil (12 June 2014)||Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match|
|MF||Costin Lazăr||Romania||2||1||vs Greece (19 November 2013)||Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match|
|DF||Laurent Koscielny||France||0||1||vs Ukraine (19 November 2013)||Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match|
|DF||Artem Fedetskyi||Ukraine||2||0||vs France (19 November 2013)||Booked in two 2014 World Cup qualifying match|
|DF||Oleksandr Kucher||Ukraine||2||1||vs France (19 November 2013)||Sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match|
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goals
- Vasilis Torosidis (playing against Romania)
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