UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D

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The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group D was one of the nine groups to decide which teams would qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals tournament.[1] Group D consisted of six teams: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, and Gibraltar,[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.

Germany and Poland qualified for the finals as the group winners and runners-up respectively. As third-placed Republic of Ireland weren't the highest-ranked among all third-placed teams, they advanced to the play-offs, where they won against Bosnia and Herzegovina and thus qualified too.

Background

The German national football team was looking to maintain its record of qualifying for every European Championship since 1972.[4][5] Scotland and the Republic of Ireland both proposed the expansion of the European Championship and it was considered "ironic" by the Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O'Neill, that the two were drawn in the same group.[5] The chairman of the Polish Football Association, Zbigniew Boniek, stated that he was happy with the draw.[6] Georgia national football team manager, Temur Ketsbaia, said that the new system would give Georgia the chance to qualify and said that Georgia would aim for third place in the group.[7]

The Gibraltar national football team competed in European Championship qualifying for the first time after becoming members of UEFA in May 2013. Gibraltar play their home matches at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Algarve, Portugal, as their home ground, Victoria Stadium, has an artificial pitch and does not meet UEFA international standards.[8] They were initially drawn in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group C, but with Spain—who claims the territory—already in that group, UEFA moved Gibraltar to Group D.[9]

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Poland Republic of Ireland Scotland Georgia (country) Gibraltar
1  Germany 10 7 1 2 24 9 +15 22 Qualify for final tournament 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 4–0
2  Poland 10 6 3 1 33 10 +23 21 2–0 2–1 2–2 4–0 8–1
3  Republic of Ireland 10 5 3 2 19 7 +12 18 Advance to play-offs 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 7–0
4  Scotland 10 4 3 3 22 12 +10 15 2–3 2–2 1–0 1–0 6–1
5  Georgia 10 3 0 7 10 16 −6 9 0–2 0–4 1–2 1–0 4–0
6  Gibraltar 10 0 0 10 2 56 −54 0 0–7 0–7 0–4 0–6 0–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Matches

The fixtures were released by UEFA the same day as the draw, which was held on 23 February 2014 in Nice.[10] Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Georgia  1–2  Republic of Ireland
Report

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Germany  2–1  Scotland
Report
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
Attendance: 60,209
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Gibraltar  0–7  Poland
Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal[note 2]
Attendance: 1,620
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)

11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Republic of Ireland  7–0  Gibraltar
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 35,123
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)

11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Scotland  1–0  Georgia
Report

11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Poland  2–0  Germany
Report
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw
Attendance: 56,934
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Germany  1–1  Republic of Ireland
Report
Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 51,204[12]
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Gibraltar  0–3  Georgia
Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal[note 2]
Attendance: 281[13]
Referee: Harald Lechner (Austria)

14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Poland  2–2  Scotland
Report
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw
Attendance: 55,197
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
18:00
(21:00 UTC+4)
Georgia  0–4  Poland
Report

14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Germany  4–0  Gibraltar
Report
Grundig-Stadion, Nuremberg
Attendance: 43,520[15]
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)

14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
20:45
(19:45 UTC±0)
Scotland  1–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Celtic Park, Glasgow[note 3]
Attendance: 59,239
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)

29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Georgia  0–2  Germany
Report

29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Scotland  6–1  Gibraltar
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 34,255
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)

29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Poland
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 50,500
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Poland  4–0  Georgia
Report
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw
Attendance: 56,512
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)

13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Republic of Ireland  1–1  Scotland
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 49,063
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Gibraltar  0–7  Germany
Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal[note 2]
Attendance: 7,467
Referee: Clayton Pisani (Malta)

4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Georgia  1–0  Scotland
Report

4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Germany  3–1  Poland
Report
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,500
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Gibraltar  0–4  Republic of Ireland
Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal[note 2]
Attendance: 5,393
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Croatia)

7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Poland  8–1  Gibraltar
Report

7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Republic of Ireland  1–0  Georgia
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 27,200[17]
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)

7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Scotland  2–3  Germany
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 50,753[18]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Georgia  4–0  Gibraltar
Report

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Republic of Ireland  1–0  Germany
Report
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 50,604[20]
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Scotland  2–2  Poland
Report
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 49,359[21]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Germany  2–1  Georgia
Report

11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Gibraltar  0–6  Scotland
Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal[note 2]
Attendance: 12,401[23]
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)

11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Poland  2–1  Republic of Ireland
Report
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw
Attendance: 57,497[24]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)

Goalscorers

Poland's Robert Lewandowski was the group's highest goalscorer with 13 goals
13 goals
9 goals
7 goals
6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Discipline

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)
 Poland Kamil Glik YC vs Gibraltar (7 September 2014)
YC vs Germany (11 October 2014)
YC vs Republic of Ireland (29 March 2015)
vs Georgia (13 June 2015)
 Republic of Ireland James McClean YC vs Scotland (14 November 2014)
YC vs Scotland (13 June 2015)
YC vs Georgia (7 September 2015)
vs Germany (8 October 2015)
Glenn Whelan YC vs Germany (14 October 2014)
YC vs Scotland (13 June 2015)
YC vs Georgia (7 September 2015)
vs Germany (8 October 2015)
 Scotland Charlie Mulgrew Yellow cardYellow cardRed card vs Germany (7 September 2014) vs Georgia (11 October 2014)
James Morrison YC vs Germany (7 September 2014)
YC vs Georgia (11 October 2014)
YC vs Germany (7 September 2015)
vs Poland (8 October 2015)

Notes

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 14 November 2014, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gibraltar played their home matches at Estádio Algarve in Portugal instead of their regular stadium, Victoria Stadium, in Gibraltar.
  3. ^ a b Scotland played their first two home matches at other stadiums (against Georgia at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, and against Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park, Glasgow) instead of their regular stadium, Hampden Park, Glasgow, as it was only reopened for football in "late 2014" after hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[11]

References

  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. ^ "European Championship 1958-2008 All-Time Rankings". RSSSF. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Scotland begin Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Germany". Evening Times. 23 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Polacy i ich rywale zadowoleni z losowania. Boniek: coś tu jest nie tak" (in Polish). Sport.tvn24.pl. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "ქეცბაია: "მესამე ადგილისთვის ბოლომდე ვიბრძოლებთ"" (in Georgian). Geosports.ge. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Rose, Gary. "Euro 2016 qualifying draw: Gibraltar ready to prove their worth". BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Fifeld, Nicola (23 February 2014). "Gibraltar moves group in Euro 2016 qualifiers draw over political tensions". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Qualifying fixtures" (PDF). UEFA.com. 
  11. ^ Hampden Park to close for one year for Glasgow 2014 preparations insidethegames.biz
  12. ^ "Germany vs. Republic of Ireland 1 - 1". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Gibraltar vs. Georgia 0 - 3". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Georgia vs. Poland 0 - 4". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Germany vs. Gibraltar 4 - 4". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Poland vs. Gibraltar 8 - 1". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Republic of Ireland vs. Georgia 1 - 0". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Scotland vs. Germany 2 - 3". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "Georgia vs. Gibraltar - 8 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Republic of Ireland vs. Germany - 8 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Scotland vs. Poland - 8 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Germany vs. Georgia - 11 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Gibraltar vs. Scotland - 11 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "Poland vs. Republic of Ireland - 11 October 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 

External links

  • UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying round Group D
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