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The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group C was one of the nine groups to decide which teams would qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals tournament.[1] Group C consisted of six teams: Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia, and Luxembourg,[2] where they played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.[3]

Originally Gibraltar had been drawn in this group, but were moved to group D due to Spain not being willing to play them because of the disputed status of Gibraltar.[4]

The top two teams would qualify directly for the finals. The third-placed team would qualify directly too if they had the best records among the third-placed teams of all qualifying groups, otherwise they would enter the play-offs for another chance to qualify.

Spain and Slovakia qualified for the finals as the group winners and runners-up respectively. As third-placed Ukraine weren't the highest-ranked among all third-placed teams, they advanced to the play-offs, where they won against Slovenia and thus qualified too.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Spain 10 9 0 1 23 3 +20 27 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 5–1
2   Slovakia 10 7 1 2 17 8 +9 22 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–0 2–1
3   Ukraine 10 6 1 3 14 4 +10 19 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–1 3–1 3–0 1–0
4   Belarus 10 3 2 5 8 14 −6 11 0–1 1–3 0–2 2–0 0–0
5   Luxembourg 10 1 1 8 6 27 −21 4 0–4 2–4 0–3 1–1 1–0
6   Macedonia 10 1 1 8 6 18 −12 4 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

MatchesEdit

The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 23 February 2014 in Nice.[5] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

Luxembourg  1–1  Belarus
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Spain  5–1  Macedonia
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Ukraine  0–1  Slovakia
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Attendance: 38,454

Belarus  0–2  Ukraine
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Attendance: 10,512
Macedonia  3–2  Luxembourg
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Attendance: 11,500
Slovakia  2–1  Spain
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Ukraine  1–0  Macedonia
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Attendance: 33,978
Belarus  1–3  Slovakia
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Attendance: 3,684[6]
Luxembourg  0–4  Spain
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Luxembourg  0–3  Ukraine
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Macedonia  0–2  Slovakia
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Attendance: 11,322[8]
Spain  3–0  Belarus
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Attendance: 19,249
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

Macedonia  1–2  Belarus
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Attendance: 3,447
Slovakia  3–0  Luxembourg
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Spain  1–0  Ukraine
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Ukraine  3–0  Luxembourg
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Attendance: 21,635
Belarus  0–1  Spain
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Attendance: 13,121
Slovakia  2–1  Macedonia
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Attendance: 10,765
Referee: Kenn Hansen (Denmark)

Luxembourg  1–0  Macedonia
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Ukraine  3–1  Belarus
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Attendance: 32,648
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
Spain  2–0  Slovakia
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Attendance: 19,874

Belarus  2–0  Luxembourg
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Attendance: 3,482[9]
Macedonia  0–1  Spain
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Attendance: 28,843[10]
Slovakia  0–0  Ukraine
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Macedonia  0–2  Ukraine
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Slovakia  0–1  Belarus
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Spain  4–0  Luxembourg
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Belarus  0–0  Macedonia
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Luxembourg  2–4  Slovakia
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Ukraine  0–1  Spain
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Attendance: 61,248[17]

GoalscorersEdit

DisciplineEdit

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

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may 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 are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were (or will be) served during the qualifying matches:

Team Player Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
  Belarus Maksim Bardachow   vs Spain (15 November 2014)
  vs Macedonia (27 March 2015)
  vs Spain (14 June 2015)
vs Ukraine (5 September 2015)
Alyaksandr Martynovich   vs Luxembourg (8 September 2014)
  vs Macedonia (27 March 2015)
  vs Ukraine (5 September 2015)
vs Luxembourg (8 September 2015)
    vs Slovakia (9 October 2015) vs Macedonia (12 October 2015)
  Luxembourg Aurélien Joachim   vs Portugal (15 October 2013)[note 2] vs Belarus (8 September 2014)
Mario Mutsch   vs Macedonia (9 October 2014)
  vs Slovakia (27 March 2015)
  vs Ukraine (14 June 2015)
vs Macedonia (5 September 2015)
Christopher Martins   vs Belarus (8 September 2014)
  vs Ukraine (15 November 2014)
  vs Macedonia (5 September 2015)
vs Belarus (8 September 2015)
Chris Philipps   vs Belarus (8 September 2014)
  vs Macedonia (9 October 2014)
  vs Belarus (8 September 2015)
vs Spain (9 October 2015)
Daniel da Mota   vs Belarus (8 September 2014)
  vs Ukraine (14 June 2015)
  vs Spain (9 October 2015)
vs Slovakia (12 October 2015)
  Macedonia Ferhan Hasani     vs Slovakia (14 June 2014) vs Luxembourg (5 September 2015)
Besart Abdurahimi   vs Spain (8 September 2014)
  vs Ukraine (12 October 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (5 September 2015)
vs Spain (8 September 2015)
Stefan Ristovski   vs Spain (8 September 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (9 October 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (5 September 2015)
vs Spain (8 September 2015)
  Slovakia Martin Škrtel   vs Greece (11 October 2013)[note 2] vs Ukraine (8 September 2014)
  vs Macedonia (15 November 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (27 March 2015)
  vs Macedonia (14 June 2015)
vs Spain (5 September 2015)
Juraj Kucka   vs Ukraine (8 September 2014)
  vs Spain (9 October 2015)
  vs Macedonia (14 June 2015)
vs Spain (5 September 2015)
Norbert Gyömbér   vs Spain (9 October 2014)
  vs Belarus (12 October 2014)
  vs Ukraine (8 September 2015)
vs Belarus (9 October 2015)
  Spain Diego Costa   vs Slovakia (9 October 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (12 October 2014)
  vs Macedonia (8 September 2015)
vs Luxembourg (9 October 2015)
  Ukraine Yevhen Khacheridi     vs France (19 November 2013)[note 2] vs Slovakia (8 September 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (15 November 2014)
  vs Belarus (5 September 2015)
  vs Macedonia (9 October 2015)
vs Spain (12 October 2015)
Artem Fedetskyi   vs Slovakia (8 September 2014)
  vs Macedonia (12 October 2014)
  vs Spain (27 March 2015)
vs Luxembourg (14 June 2015)
Denys Harmash     vs Belarus (5 September 2015) vs Slovakia (8 September 2015)
Serhiy Sydorchuk   vs Macedonia (12 October 2014)
  vs Luxembourg (15 November 2014)
  vs Macedonia (9 October 2015)
vs Spain (12 October 2015)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 15 November 2014 and 27 March 2015, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ a b c The suspension was carried over from the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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. ^ Fifield, Nicola (23 February 2014). "Gibraltar moves group in Euro 2016 qualifiers draw over political tensions". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Qualifying fixtures" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "Belarus vs. Slovakia 1 - 3". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Luxembourg vs. Spain 0 - 4". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Macedonia vs. Slovakia 0 - 2". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Belarus vs. Luxembourg 2 - 0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Macedonia vs. Spain 0 - 1". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Slovakia vs. Ukraine 0 - 0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  12. ^ "FYR Macedonia vs. Ukraine - 9 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Slovakia vs. Belarus - 9 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Spain vs. Luxembourg - 9 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Belarus vs. FYR Macedonia - 12 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Luxembourg vs. Slovakia - 12 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Ukraine vs. Spain - 12 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.

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