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UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs

The play-offs of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying tournament decided the final four teams which qualified for the UEFA Euro 2016 final tournament. Eight teams, each of which finished third in their qualifying group were paired and contested in four ties, with the winner of each pair qualifying for the final tournament. Each of the four ties were played over two home-and-away legs with the four winners found according to the standard rules for the knockout phase in European competitions.[1] The matches took place between 12 and 17 November 2015.[2]

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Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

The highest ranked third placed team from the groups qualified automatically for the tournament, while the remainder entered the playoffs. As most groups contained six teams but one contained five, matches against the sixth-placed team in each group were not included in this ranking. As a result, a total of eight matches played by each team were counted in the third-placed ranking table.[3]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A   Turkey 8 5 1 2 12 7 +5 16 Qualify for final tournament
2 F   Hungary 8 4 3 1 8 5 +3 15 Advance to play-offs
3 C   Ukraine 8 4 1 3 11 4 +7 13
4 H   Norway 8 4 1 3 8 10 −2 13
5 I   Denmark 8 3 3 2 8 5 +3 12
6 G   Sweden 8 3 3 2 11 9 +2 12
7 D   Republic of Ireland 8 3 3 2 8 7 +1 12
8 B   Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 3 2 3 11 12 −1 11
9 E   Slovenia 8 3 1 4 10 11 −1 10
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) Points from matches against teams ranked first to fifth in the group; 2) Superior goal difference from these matches; 3) Higher number of goals scored in these matches; 4) Higher number of away goals scored in these matches; 5) Fair play ranking in these matches; 6) Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system; 7) Drawing of lots.

SeedingEdit

The draw for the play-offs was held on 18 October 2015, 11:20 CEST, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.[2][4] The teams were seeded for the play-off draw according to the UEFA national team coefficient rankings updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage. The four top-ranked teams were seeded and paired with the four unseeded teams.[5] The order of legs of each tie was also decided by draw.[6]

The seedings were as follows:[5][7]

Pot 1 (seeded)
Team Coeff Rank
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 30,367 13
  Ukraine 30,313 14
  Sweden 29,028 16
  Hungary 27,142 20
Pot 2 (unseeded)
Team Coeff Rank
  Denmark 27,140 21
  Republic of Ireland 26,902 23
  Norway 26,439 25
  Slovenia 25,441 26

SummaryEdit

The schedule of the play-offs was published by UEFA within one hour of the draw.[4] The eight matches were spread over the six days, with the first legs on 12–14 November and the second legs on 15–17 November. The kickoff times were 18:00 or 20:45 CET (local times are in parentheses).[6]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ukraine   3–1   Slovenia 2–0 1–1
Sweden   4–3   Denmark 2–1 2–2
Bosnia and Herzegovina   1–3   Republic of Ireland 1–1 0–2
Norway   1–3   Hungary 0–1 1–2

MatchesEdit

Ukraine  2–0  Slovenia
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Attendance: 32,592[8]
Slovenia  1–1  Ukraine
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Attendance: 12,702[9]

Ukraine won 3–1 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2016.


Sweden  2–1  Denmark
Report
Attendance: 49,053[10]
Denmark  2–2  Sweden
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Attendance: 36,051[11]

Sweden won 4–3 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2016.


Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–1  Republic of Ireland
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Attendance: 12,000[12]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Republic of Ireland  2–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Attendance: 50,500[13]

Republic of Ireland won 3–1 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2016.


Norway  0–1  Hungary
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Attendance: 27,182[14]
Hungary  2–1  Norway
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Hungary won 3–1 on aggregate and qualified for UEFA Euro 2016.

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 served during the play-off matches:

Team Player Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Muhamed Bešić   vs Andorra (6 September 2015)[16] vs Republic of Ireland (13 November 2015)
  Hungary Roland Juhász   vs Romania (11 October 2014)
  vs Finland (13 June 2015)
  vs Greece (11 October 2015)
vs Norway (12 November 2015)
Zoltán Gera   vs Romania (11 October 2014)
  vs Faroe Islands (14 October 2014)
  vs Finland (13 June 2015)
  vs Faroe Islands (8 October 2015)
  vs Norway (12 November 2015)
vs Norway (15 November 2015)
  Republic of Ireland John O'Shea     vs Poland (11 October 2015) vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (13 November 2015)
Jonathan Walters   vs Georgia (7 September 2014)
  vs Gibraltar (4 September 2015)
  vs Poland (11 October 2015)
vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (13 November 2015)
  Ukraine Oleksandr Kucher   vs Belarus (9 October 2014)
  vs Spain (27 March 2015)
  vs Spain (12 October 2015)
vs Slovenia (14 November 2015)
Taras Stepanenko   vs Slovakia (8 September 2014)
  vs Slovakia (8 September 2015)
  vs Spain (12 October 2015)
vs Slovenia (14 November 2015)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifying Draw Procedure" (PDF). UEFA. p. 1. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Play-off draw". UEFA.com. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2014-16" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  4. ^ a b "Sweden v Denmark highlight of play-off draw". UEFA.com. 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b "EURO 2016 play-off draw seedings confirmed". UEFA. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b "UEFA EURO 2016 Play-off Draw" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  7. ^ "UEFA − National Team Coefficients Overview − Matches considered up to 14/10/2015" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  8. ^ "Ukraine vs Slovenia 2–0". Soccerway. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Slovenia vs Ukraine 1–1". Soccerway. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Sweden vs Denmark 2–1". Soccerway. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Denmark vs Sweden 2–2". Soccerway. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Republic of Ireland 1–1". Soccerway. 13 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0". Soccerway. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Norway vs Hungary 0–1". Soccerway. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Hungary vs Norway 2–1". Soccerway. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Udarac je to za reprezentaciju BiH jer Bešić je jedan od nezamjenjiv u timu Mehmeda Baždarevića". Goal.com. 17 September 2015.

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