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2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group G

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group G was one of the nine UEFA groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The group consisted of six teams: Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, and Liechtenstein.

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, Spain, qualified directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The group runners-up, Italy, advanced to the play-offs as one of the best 8 runners-up, where they lost to Sweden and thus failed to qualify for the first time since 1958.[3][1]

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 1 0 36 3 +33 28 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 3–0 3–0 4–1 4–0 8–0
2   Italy 10 7 2 1 21 8 +13 23 Advance to second round 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 5–0
3   Albania 10 4 1 5 10 13 −3 13 0–2 0–1 0–3 2–1 2–0
4   Israel 10 4 0 6 10 15 −5 12 0–1 1–3 0–3 0–1 2–1
5   Macedonia 10 3 2 5 15 15 0 11 1–2 2–3 1–1 1–2 4–0
6   Liechtenstein 10 0 0 10 1 39 −38 0 0–8 0–4 0–2 0–1 0–3
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][5] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).[6]

Albania  2–1[note 2]  Macedonia
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Israel  1–3  Italy
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Attendance: 29,300
Spain  8–0  Liechtenstein
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Attendance: 12,139

Italy  1–1  Spain
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Attendance: 38,470
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Liechtenstein  0–2  Albania
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Attendance: 5,864
Macedonia  1–2  Israel
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Attendance: 6,500

Israel  2–1  Liechtenstein
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Attendance: 9,000
Albania  0–2  Spain
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Macedonia  2–3  Italy
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Attendance: 19,195

Albania  0–3  Israel
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Liechtenstein  0–4  Italy
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Attendance: 5,864
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Spain  4–0  Macedonia
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Italy  2–0  Albania
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Liechtenstein  0–3  Macedonia
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Attendance: 4,517
Spain  4–1  Israel
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Attendance: 20,321

Israel  0–3  Albania
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Attendance: 15,150
Italy  5–0  Liechtenstein
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Attendance: 20,514
Macedonia  1–2  Spain
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Attendance: 20,675
Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)

Albania  2–0  Liechtenstein
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Attendance: 5,500
Israel  0–1  Macedonia
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Attendance: 11,350
Spain  3–0  Italy
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Italy  1–0  Israel
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Liechtenstein  0–8  Spain
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Attendance: 5,864
Macedonia  1–1  Albania
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Attendance: 3,493

Italy  1–1  Macedonia
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Liechtenstein  0–1  Israel
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Spain  3–0  Albania
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Albania  0–1  Italy
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Israel  0–1  Spain
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Attendance: 28,700
Macedonia  4–0  Liechtenstein
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GoalscorersEdit

DisciplineEdit

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[4]

  • 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)
Giorgio Chiellini   Italy     vs Israel (5 September 2016) vs Spain (6 October 2016)
Eytan Tibi   Israel   vs Macedonia (6 October 2016) vs Liechtenstein (9 October 2016)
Nicolas Hasler   Liechtenstein   vs Spain (5 September 2016)
  vs Israel (9 October 2016)
vs Italy (12 November 2016)
Marco Parolo   Italy   vs Spain (6 October 2016)
  vs Macedonia (9 October 2016)
vs Liechtenstein (12 November 2016)
Etrit Berisha   Albania   vs Israel (12 November 2016) vs Italy (24 March 2017)
vs Israel (11 June 2017)
Berat Djimsiti   Albania   vs Israel (12 November 2016) vs Italy (24 March 2017)
David Goresh   Israel   vs Macedonia (6 October 2016)
  vs Albania (12 November 2016)
vs Spain (24 March 2017)
Daniel Kaufmann   Liechtenstein   vs Spain (5 September 2016)
  vs Italy (12 November 2016)
vs Macedonia (24 March 2017)
Yves Oehri   Liechtenstein   vs Albania (6 October 2016)
  vs Italy (12 November 2016)
vs Macedonia (24 March 2017)
Ezgjan Alioski   Macedonia   vs Italy (9 October 2016)
  vs Spain (12 November 2016)
vs Liechtenstein (24 March 2017)
Ansi Agolli   Albania   vs Spain (9 October 2016)
  vs Italy (24 March 2017)
vs Israel (11 June 2017)
Michele Polverino   Liechtenstein   vs Spain (5 September 2016)
  vs Italy (11 June 2017)
vs Albania (2 September 2017)
Leonardo Bonucci   Italy   vs Spain (6 October 2016)
  vs Spain (2 September 2017)
vs Israel (5 September 2017)
Elif Elmas   Macedonia   vs Spain (11 June 2017)
  vs Israel (2 September 2017)
vs Albania (5 September 2017)
Burim Kukeli   Albania   vs Italy (24 March 2017)
  vs Macedonia (5 September 2017)
vs Spain (6 October 2017)
Mërgim Mavraj   Albania   vs Spain (9 October 2016)
  vs Macedonia (5 September 2017)
vs Spain (6 October 2017)
Odise Roshi   Albania   vs Italy (24 March 2017)
  vs Macedonia (5 September 2017)
vs Spain (6 October 2017)
Almog Cohen   Israel   vs Macedonia (6 October 2016)
  vs Italy (5 September 2017)
vs Liechtenstein (6 October 2017)
Kire Ristevski   Macedonia   vs Spain (11 June 2017)
  vs Albania (5 September 2017)
vs Italy (6 October 2017)
Sergio Busquets   Spain   vs Italy (6 October 2016)
  vs Liechtenstein (5 September 2017)
vs Albania (6 October 2017)
Azdren Llullaku   Albania   vs Israel (12 November 2016)
  vs Spain (6 October 2017)
vs Italy (9 October 2017)
Taulant Xhaka   Albania   vs Israel (12 November 2016)
  vs Spain (6 October 2017)
vs Italy (9 October 2017)
Marcel Büchel   Liechtenstein   vs Israel (9 October 2016)
  vs Israel (6 October 2017)
vs Macedonia (9 October 2017)
Franz Burgmeier   Liechtenstein   vs Albania (6 October 2016)
  vs Israel (6 October 2017)
vs Macedonia (9 October 2017)
Nicolas Hasler   Liechtenstein   vs Macedonia (24 March 2017)
  vs Israel (6 October 2017)
vs Macedonia (9 October 2017)
Stefan Spirovski   Macedonia   vs Italy (9 October 2016)
  vs Italy (6 October 2017)
vs Liechtenstein (9 October 2017)
Gerard Piqué   Spain   vs Italy (6 October 2016)
  vs Albania (6 October 2017)
vs Israel (9 October 2017)
David Silva   Spain   vs Macedonia (11 June 2017)
  vs Albania (6 October 2017)
vs Israel (9 October 2017)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 12 November 2016 and 24 March 2017, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ The Albania v Macedonia match was suspended after 76 minutes due to adverse weather conditions, with the score 1–1 at the time. The match was resumed on 6 September 2016, 14:00 UTC+2.[7]
  3. ^ The venue of the Albania v Israel match was moved from Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër to Elbasan Arena, Elbasan due to a planned terrorist attack.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Ignominious Italy out of World Cup". Football Italia. 13 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Regulations – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia" (PDF). FIFA.com.
  5. ^ "World Cup European Qualifiers fixtures confirmed". UEFA.com. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 8 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Fixture List – 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Rain stops Albania v Macedonia with score at 1-1". BBC Sport. 5 September 2016. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Albania's World Cup qualifier against Israel moved for 'security reasons'". ESPN FC. 8 November 2016. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Kosovo arrests 19 in Islamic State plot to attack Israel soccer match". The Times of Israel. 17 November 2016. Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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