2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group A was one of the nine UEFA groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The group consisted of six teams: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, and Luxembourg.

The draw for the first round (group stage) was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.[1][2]

The group winners, France, qualified directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group runners-up, Sweden, advanced to the play-offs as one of the best eight runners-up.

StandingsEdit

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tiebreakers
In league format, the ranking of teams in each group was based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.6 and 20.7):[3]
  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Overall goal difference
  3. Overall goals scored
  4. Points in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie was only between two teams in home-and-away league format)
  8. Fair play points
    • first yellow card: minus 1 point
    • indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points
    • direct red card: minus 4 points
    • yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points
  9. Drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   France 10 7 2 1 18 6 +12 23 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 4–0 4–1 0–0 2–1
2   Sweden 10 6 1 3 26 9 +17 19 Advance to second round 2–1 1–1 3–0 8–0 4–0
3   Netherlands 10 6 1 3 21 12 +9 19 0–1 2–0 3–1 5–0 4–1
4   Bulgaria 10 4 1 5 14 19 −5 13 0–1 3–2 2–0 4–3 1–0
5   Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 8 26 −18 6 1–3 0–1 1–3 1–1 1–0
6   Belarus 10 1 2 7 6 21 −15 5 0–0 0–4 1–3 2–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

MatchesEdit

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 26 July 2015, the day following the draw.[1][4] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).[5]

Belarus  0–0  France
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Attendance: 12,920
Bulgaria  4–3  Luxembourg
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Sweden  1–1  Netherlands
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Attendance: 36,128

France  4–1  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 65,475
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
Luxembourg  0–1  Sweden
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Netherlands  4–1  Belarus
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Attendance: 41,200

Belarus  1–1  Luxembourg
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Attendance: 9,011
Referee: Tobias Welz (Germany)
Netherlands  0–1  France
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Attendance: 50,220
Sweden  3–0  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 21,777

France  2–1  Sweden
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Attendance: 80,000
Bulgaria  1–0  Belarus
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Luxembourg  1–3  Netherlands
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Sweden  4–0  Belarus
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Attendance: 31,243
Bulgaria  2–0  Netherlands
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Luxembourg  1–3  France
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Belarus  2–1  Bulgaria
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Attendance: 6,150
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Netherlands  5–0  Luxembourg
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Attendance: 41,300
Sweden  2–1  France
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Attendance: 48,783

Bulgaria  3–2  Sweden
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France  4–0  Netherlands
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Attendance: 79,551
Luxembourg  1–0  Belarus
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Attendance: 2,752
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)

Belarus  0–4  Sweden
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Attendance: 6,431
Netherlands  3–1  Bulgaria
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France  0–0  Luxembourg
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Sweden  8–0  Luxembourg
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Attendance: 50,022
Belarus  1–3  Netherlands
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Attendance: 6,850
Bulgaria  0–1  France
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France  2–1  Belarus
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Attendance: 74,037
Luxembourg  1–1  Bulgaria
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Netherlands  2–0  Sweden
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Attendance: 41,244

GoalscorersEdit

There were 93 goals scored in 30 matches, for an average of 3.1 goals per match.

8 goals
6 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

DisciplineEdit

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[6]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two different matches (yellow card suspensions are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were served during the qualifying matches:

Player Team Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
Kevin Malget   Luxembourg     vs Sweden (7 October 2016) vs Belarus (10 October 2016)
Dirk Carlson     vs Belarus (10 October 2016) vs Netherlands (13 November 2016)
Kevin Strootman   Netherlands   vs Sweden (6 September 2016)
  vs France (10 October 2016)
vs Luxembourg (13 November 2016)
Paul Pogba   France   vs Netherlands (10 October 2016)
  vs Sweden (11 November 2016)
vs Luxembourg (25 March 2017)
Alexander Hleb   Belarus     vs Bulgaria (13 November 2016) vs Sweden (25 March 2017)
Aleksandar Aleksandrov   Bulgaria   vs Sweden (10 October 2016)
  vs Belarus (13 November 2016)
vs Netherlands (25 March 2017)
Alyaksandr Martynovich   Belarus   vs Luxembourg (10 October 2016)
  vs Sweden (25 March 2017)
vs Bulgaria (9 June 2017)
Aurélien Joachim   Luxembourg   vs Belarus (10 October 2016)
  vs France (25 March 2017)
vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
Daniel da Mota   vs Sweden (7 October 2016)
  vs France (25 March 2017)
Chris Philipps
Svetoslav Dyakov   Bulgaria   vs Belarus (13 November 2016)
  vs Belarus (9 June 2017)
vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
Kevin Malget   Luxembourg   vs Sweden (7 October 2016)
  vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
vs Belarus (31 August 2017)
Christopher Martins   vs Bulgaria (6 September 2016)
  vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski   Bulgaria   vs Belarus (9 June 2017)
  vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
vs Netherlands (3 September 2017)
Kevin Strootman   Netherlands     vs France (31 August 2017) vs Bulgaria (3 September 2017)
Ola Toivonen   Sweden   vs Luxembourg (7 October 2016)
  vs Bulgaria (31 August 2017)
vs Belarus (3 September 2017)
Egor Filipenko   Belarus   vs Bulgaria (9 June 2017)
  vs Sweden (3 September 2017)
vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
Nikita Korzun   vs Luxembourg (10 October 2016)
  vs Sweden (3 September 2017)
Ivaylo Chochev   Bulgaria   vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
  vs Netherlands (3 September 2017)
vs France (7 October 2017)
Ivelin Popov   vs Luxembourg (6 September 2016)
  vs Netherlands (3 September 2017)
Christoffer Nyman   Sweden   vs Netherlands (6 September 2016)
  vs Belarus (3 September 2017)
vs Luxembourg (7 October 2017)
Paul Pogba   France   vs Sweden (9 June 2017)
  vs Luxembourg (3 September 2017)
vs Bulgaria (7 October 2017)
Laurent Jans   Luxembourg   vs Netherlands (9 June 2017)
  vs France (3 September 2017)
vs Sweden (7 October 2017)
Syarhey Balanovich   Belarus   vs Luxembourg (31 August 2017)
  vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
vs France (10 October 2017)
Alexei Rios   vs Netherlands (7 October 2016)
  vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
Mikalay Signevich   vs Luxembourg (10 October 2016)
  vs Netherlands (7 October 2017)
Georgi Kostadinov   Bulgaria   vs Sweden (31 August 2017)
  vs France (7 October 2017)
vs Luxembourg (10 October 2017)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 11 and 13 November 2016 and 25 March 2017, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ The France v Sweden match was moved from the original scheduled date of 13 November 2016 as it fell on the anniversary of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FIFA World Cup qualifying draw format". UEFA.com. 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 June 2016.
  2. ^ "European teams learn World Cup qualifying fate". UEFA.com. 25 July 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  4. ^ "World Cup European Qualifiers fixtures confirmed". UEFA.com. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Fixture List – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2014-16" (PDF). UEFA.com.

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