2014 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round

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 draw for the ties was held in Zürich on 21 October,[1] with the October 2013 FIFA World Rankings used to decide which of the teams would be seeded.[1]

Qualified teamsEdit

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:

  1. Highest number of points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Highest number of goals scored
Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 G   Greece 8 6 1 1 9 4 +5 19 Advance to second round (play-offs)
2 I   France 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
3 F   Portugal 8 4 3 1 15 8 +7 15
4 H   Ukraine 8 4 3 1 11 4 +7 15
5 C   Sweden 8 4 2 2 15 13 +2 14
6 E   Iceland 8 4 2 2 15 14 +1 14
7 D   Romania 8 4 1 3 11 12 −1 13
8 A   Croatia 8 3 2 3 9 8 +1 11
9 B   Denmark 8 2 4 2 9 11 −2 10

Seeding and drawEdit

The second round draw took place at the headquarters of FIFA in Zurich on 21 October at 14:00 UTC+2.[2] October 2013 FIFA World Rankings were used to decide which of the teams would be seeded (shown below in brackets).[1]

The following teams participated in the second round:[3][4]

Pot 1 (seeded)
Team Rank
  Portugal 14
  Greece 15
  Croatia 18
  Ukraine 20
Pot 2 (unseeded)
Team Rank
  France 21
  Sweden 25
  Romania 29
  Iceland 46

MatchesEdit

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.[5][6][7]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Portugal   4–2   Sweden 1–0 3–2
Ukraine   2–3   France 2–0 0–3
Greece   4–2   Romania 3–1 1–1
Iceland   0–2   Croatia 0–0 0–2
Portugal  1–0  Sweden
Ronaldo   82' Report
Attendance: 61,467
Sweden  2–3  Portugal
Ibrahimović   68', 72' Report Ronaldo   50', 77', 79'
Attendance: 49,766
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

Portugal won 4–2 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Ukraine  2–0  France
Zozulya   62'
Yarmolenko   82' (pen.)
Report
Attendance: 67,732
France  3–0  Ukraine
Sakho   22', 72'
Benzema   34'
Report
Attendance: 77,098

France won 3–2 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Greece  3–1  Romania
Mitroglou   14', 67'
Salpingidis   21'
Report Stancu   19'
Attendance: 26,200
Romania  1–1  Greece
Torosidis   55' (o.g.) Report Mitroglou   23'
Attendance: 49,793

Greece won 4–2 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Iceland  0–0  Croatia
Report
Croatia  2–0  Iceland
Mandžukić   27'
Srna   47'
Report
Attendance: 22,612

Croatia won 2–0 on aggregate and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

DisciplineEdit

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

GoalscorersEdit

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goals

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Dates set for African and European qualifying draws". FIFA. 2013-06-15. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "Watch the European play-off draw on FIFA.com". uefa.com. 18 October 2013. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ "World Cup play-off seeds confirmed". uefa.com. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. ^ "European play-off draw procedures explained". FIFA.com. 17 October 2013. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "European hopefuls learn play-off fate". FIFA.com. 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "World Cup 2014 play-offs draw – live!". Guardian UK. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.

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