UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group A

The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group A was one of the nine groups to decide which teams would qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals tournament.[1] Group A consisted of six teams: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, and Kazakhstan,[2] where they played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.[3]

Line-up of the Netherlands–Kazakhstan teams prior to the match

The top two teams, Czech Republic and Iceland, qualified directly for the finals. Kazakhstan’s win over Latvia on the final day of matches, also allowed Turkey to qualify directly as the best ranked third-placed team of the qualifiers. As Turkey earned 6 points against Kazakhstan and 2 points against Latvia through their home and away fixtures, and as Kazakhstan’s win over Latvia ensured that Latvia would finish in last place in the group (rather than Kazakhstan), it then meant that only 2 (rather than 6) of Turkey’s total of 18 points earned would not count towards their third-placed ranking (as results against the team finishing in last place in the group were not included when ranking third-placed teams).

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 +5 22 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–1
2   Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 +11 20 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–2
3   Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 +5 18 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1
4   Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 +3 13 2–3 0–1 1–1 3–1 6–0
5   Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 −11 5[a] 2–4 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–0
6   Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 −13 5[a] 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Kazakhstan 4, Latvia 1.

MatchesEdit

The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 23 February 2014 in Nice.[4] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

Kazakhstan  0–0  Latvia
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Attendance: 10,200[5]
Czech Republic  2–1  Netherlands
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Attendance: 17,946[6]
Iceland  3–0  Turkey
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Latvia  0–3  Iceland
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Netherlands  3–1  Kazakhstan
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Attendance: 47,500[9]
Referee: Matej Jug (Slovenia)
Turkey  1–2  Czech Republic
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Kazakhstan  2–4  Czech Republic
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Attendance: 13,752[11]
Iceland  2–0  Netherlands
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Latvia  1–1  Turkey
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Attendance: 6,442[13]

Netherlands  6–0  Latvia
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Attendance: 47,500[14]
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
Czech Republic  2–1  Iceland
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Attendance: 11,533[15]
Turkey  3–1  Kazakhstan
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Kazakhstan  0–3  Iceland
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Czech Republic  1–1  Latvia
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Netherlands  1–1  Turkey
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Attendance: 49,500[19]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Kazakhstan  0–1  Turkey
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Attendance: 25,125[20]
Iceland  2–1  Czech Republic
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Latvia  0–2  Netherlands
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Attendance: 8,067[22]

Czech Republic  2–1  Kazakhstan
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Netherlands  0–1  Iceland
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Turkey  1–1  Latvia
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Attendance: 35,900[25]

Latvia  1–2  Czech Republic
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Attendance: 7,913[26]
Turkey  3–0  Netherlands
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Attendance: 41,007[27]
Iceland  0–0  Kazakhstan
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Iceland  2–2  Latvia
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Kazakhstan  1–2  Netherlands
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Attendance: 20,716[30]
Czech Republic  0–2  Turkey
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Attendance: 17,190[31]

Latvia  0–1  Kazakhstan
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Attendance: 7,027[32]
Netherlands  2–3  Czech Republic
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Turkey  1–0  Iceland
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Attendance: 39,404[34]

GoalscorersEdit

 
Iceland's Gylfi Sigurðsson was the group's top scorer, with six goals

There were 80 goals scored in 30 matches, for an average of 2.67 goals per match.

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

DisciplineEdit

A player was automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[3]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions could be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving three yellow cards in three different matches, as well as after fifth and any subsequent yellow card (yellow card suspensions were 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:

Team Player Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
  Czech Republic Bořek Dočkal   vs Iceland (16 November 2014)
  vs Latvia (28 March 2015)
  vs Turkey (10 October 2015)
vs Netherlands (13 October 2015)
  Iceland Aron Gunnarsson     vs Kazakhstan (6 September 2015) vs Latvia (10 October 2015)
  Kazakhstan Bauyrzhan Dzholchiyev   vs Netherlands (10 October 2014) vs Czech Republic (13 October 2014)
vs Turkey (16 November 2014)
vs Iceland (28 March 2015)
Dmitri Shomko   vs Netherlands (10 October 2014)
  vs Turkey (12 June 2015)
  vs Czech Republic (3 September 2015)
vs Iceland (6 September 2015)
  Latvia Artjoms Rudņevs     vs Iceland (10 October 2014) vs Turkey (13 October 2014)
Gints Freimanis     vs Turkey (13 October 2014) vs Netherlands (16 November 2014)
  Netherlands Bruno Martins Indi   vs Iceland (3 September 2015) vs Turkey (6 September 2015)
vs Kazakhstan (10 October 2015)
Gregory van der Wiel   vs Turkey (28 March 2015)
  vs Iceland (3 September 2015)
  vs Turkey (6 September 2015)
vs Kazakhstan (10 October 2015)
  Turkey Ömer Toprak     vs Iceland (9 September 2014) vs Czech Republic (10 October 2014)
Arda Turan   vs Iceland (9 September 2014)
  vs Latvia (13 October 2014)
  vs Kazakhstan (16 November 2014)
vs Netherlands (28 March 2015)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 16 November 2014 and 28 March 2015, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying Draw Procedure" (PDF). UEFA. p. 1. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Spain face Ukraine return in EURO 2016 qualifying". UEFA.com. 23 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2014-16" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  4. ^ "Qualifying fixtures" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  5. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Latvia". Soccerway. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
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  8. ^ "Latvia vs. Iceland". Soccerway. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan". Soccerway. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Turkey vs. Czech Republic". Soccerway. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Czech Republic". Soccerway. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Iceland vs. Netherlands". Soccerway. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Latvia vs. Turkey". Soccerway. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Netherlands vs. Latvia". Soccerway. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Czech Republic vs. Iceland". Soccerway. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Turkey vs. Kazakhstan". Soccerway. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Iceland". Soccerway. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Czech Republic vs. Latvia". Soccerway. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Netherlands vs. Turkey". Soccerway. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Turkey". Soccerway. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Iceland vs. Czech Republic". Soccerway. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Latvia vs. Netherlands". Soccerway. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Czech Republic vs. Kazakhstan". Soccerway. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Netherlands vs. Iceland". Soccerway. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  25. ^ "Turkey vs. Latvia". Soccerway. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  26. ^ "Latvia vs. Czech Republic". Soccerway. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Turkey vs. Netherlands". Soccerway. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  28. ^ "Iceland vs. Kazakhstan". Soccerway. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  29. ^ "Iceland vs. Latvia - 10 October 2015 - Soccerway".
  30. ^ "Kazakhstan vs. Netherlands - 10 October 2015 - Soccerway".
  31. ^ "Czech Republic vs. Turkey - 10 October 2015 - Soccerway".
  32. ^ "Latvia vs. Kazakhstan - 13 October 2015 - Soccerway".
  33. ^ "Netherlands vs. Czech Republic - 13 October 2015 - Soccerway".
  34. ^ "Turkey vs. Iceland - 13 October 2015 - Soccerway".

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