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The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group G was one of the nine groups to decide which teams would qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals tournament.[1] Group G consisted of six teams: Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, and Liechtenstein,[2] where they played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.[3]

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.

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

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StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Austria 10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0
2   Russia 10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20 0–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1
3   Sweden 10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18 Advance to play-offs 1–4 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0
4   Montenegro 10 3 2 5 10 13 −3 11 2–3 0–3[a] 1–1 2–0 2–0
5   Liechtenstein 10 1 2 7 2 26 −24 5 0–5 0–7 0–2 0–0 1–1
6   Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 16 −12 2 1–2 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ The Montenegro v Russia match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia after being abandoned at 0–0 due to crowd violence and a scuffle between players.

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).

Russia  4–0  Liechtenstein
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Attendance: 11,236
Austria  1–1  Sweden
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Montenegro  2–0  Moldova
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Liechtenstein  0–0  Montenegro
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Attendance: 2,790
Moldova  1–2  Austria
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Attendance: 9,381[5]
Sweden  1–1  Russia
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Attendance: 49,023

Austria  1–0  Montenegro
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Attendance: 44,200
Russia  1–1  Moldova
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Sweden  2–0  Liechtenstein
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Attendance: 22,528

Austria  1–0  Russia
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Attendance: 47,500
Moldova  0–1  Liechtenstein
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Montenegro  1–1  Sweden
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Liechtenstein  0–5  Austria
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Attendance: 5,864
Moldova  0–2  Sweden
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Attendance: 10,375
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Montenegro  0–3
Awarded[note 2]
  Russia
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Liechtenstein  1–1  Moldova
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Russia  0–1  Austria
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Attendance: 33,750
Sweden  3–1  Montenegro
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Attendance: 32,224

Russia  1–0  Sweden
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Attendance: 43,768[10]
Austria  1–0  Moldova
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Montenegro  2–0  Liechtenstein
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Liechtenstein  0–7  Russia
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Attendance: 2,874[12]
Moldova  0–2  Montenegro
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Sweden  1–4  Austria
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Liechtenstein  0–2  Sweden
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Attendance: 4,740[15]
Referee: Liran Liany (Israel)
Moldova  1–2  Russia
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Montenegro  2–3  Austria
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Austria  3–0  Liechtenstein
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Russia  2–0  Montenegro
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Attendance: 35,604[19]
Sweden  2–0  Moldova
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Attendance: 25,351[20]
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)

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)
  Austria Marc Janko   vs Moldova (9 October 2014) vs Montenegro (12 October 2014)
  Liechtenstein Mario Frick   vs Russia (8 September 2014)
  vs Montenegro (9 October 2014)
  vs Sweden (12 October 2014)
vs Moldova (15 November 2014)
Sandro Wieser   vs Russia (8 September 2014)
  vs Moldova (14 June 2015)
  vs Montenegro (5 September 2015)
vs Russia (8 September 2015)
Daniel Kaufmann   vs Russia (8 September 2015) vs Sweden (9 October 2015)
  Moldova Alexandru Gațcan   vs Sweden (27 March 2015)
  vs Liechtenstein (14 June 2015)
  vs Montenegro (8 September 2015)
vs Russia (9 October 2015)
Victor Golovatenco   vs Russia (12 October 2014)
  vs Sweden (27 March 2015)
  vs Montenegro (8 September 2015)
vs Russia (9 October 2015)
  Montenegro Marko Simić   vs Liechtenstein (9 October 2014)
  vs Austria (12 October 2014)
  vs Sweden (14 June 2015)
vs Liechtenstein (5 September 2015)
Mirko Vučinić     vs Austria (9 October 2015) vs Russia (12 October 2015)
  Sweden Andreas Granqvist     vs Moldova (27 March 2015) vs Montenegro (14 June 2015)
Kim Källström   vs Austria (8 September 2014)
  vs Montenegro (15 November 2014)
  vs Montenegro (14 June 2015)
vs Russia (5 September 2015)

Montenegro coach Branko Brnović served a one-match touchline ban and missed Montenegro's match against Russia (12 October 2015) after being sent off against Austria (9 October 2015).[21]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 15 November 2014 and 27 March 2015, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ The Montenegro v Russia match was awarded as a 3–0 win to Russia[7] after it was abandoned in the 67th minute due to crowd violence and a scuffle between players. The score was 0–0 and Russia missed a penalty moments before the match was abandoned. This was the second delay of the match as in the first minute Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare thrown from the crowd and stretchered off, causing a 33-minute delay.[8] Montenegro also had to play their next home qualifying game behind closed doors, and the Montenegrin and Russian FAs were fined €50,000 and €25,000 respectively.[9]
  3. ^ Played behind closed doors because of a sanction imposed on Montenegro after the abandoned match against Russia.
  4. ^ The goal tally takes into account the original result of fixtures that were subsequently forfeited, not the awarded scoreline.

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. ^ "Moldova vs. Austria". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Матчи. Турниры сборных. Официальный сайт РФС". rfs.ru. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Russia given 3-0 win over Montenegro after suspended game". Sky Sports. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Montenegro v Russia abandoned after crowd trouble, players clash". 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Russia given abandoned Montenegro tie by forfeit after riot". BBC Sport. 8 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Russia vs. Sweden". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Austria vs. Moldova". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Liechtenstein vs. Russia". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Moldova vs. Montenegro". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  14. ^ "Sweden vs. Austria". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Liechtenstein vs. Sweden - 9 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Moldova vs. Russia - 9 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Montenegro vs. Austria - 9 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Austria vs. Liechtenstein - 12 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Russia vs. Montenegro - 12 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Sweden vs. Moldova - 12 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  21. ^ "Russia claim Euro 2016 berth". SuperSpot. 12 October 2015.

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