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UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying Group I

Armenia vs Portugal match in Yerevan, 13 June 2015

Group I of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying tournament was one of the nine groups to decide which teams would qualify for the UEFA Euro 2016 finals tournament.[1] Group I consisted of five teams: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, and Albania,[2] where they played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format.[3]

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Portugal 8 7 0 1 11 5 +6 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0
2  Albania[1] 8 4 2 2 10 5 +5 14 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–1
3  Denmark 8 3 3 2 8 5 +3 12 Advance to play-offs 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1
4  Serbia[1] 8 2 1 5 8 13 −5 4 1–2 0–3[1] 1–3 2–0
5  Armenia 8 0 2 6 5 14 −9 2 2–3 0–3 0–0 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Serbia's abandoned home match against Albania was awarded as a 3–0 win to Albania after decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Serbia was also deducted three points because home fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players when a drone carried a pro-Albanian flag over the stadium.[4] The match was originally awarded as a 3–0 win to Serbia, who also received a three point deduction, after a disciplinary decision from UEFA.[5] The decision was appealed by both Serbia and Albania,[6][7] but was upheld by UEFA.[8] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[9] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and partially upheld the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia 3–0 and they are still deducted three points.[4]

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
(18:00 UTC+2)
Denmark  2–1  Armenia
Højbjerg Goal 65'
Kahlenberg Goal 80'
Report Mkhitaryan Goal 50'
Telia Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 20,141
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (Romania)
7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Portugal  0–1  Albania
Report Balaj Goal 52'
Estádio Municipal, Aveiro
Attendance: 23,205
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)

11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Armenia  1–1  Serbia
Arzumanyan Goal 73' Report Z. Tošić Goal 89'
11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Albania  1–1  Denmark
Lenjani Goal 38' Report Vibe Goal 81'
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan[note 2]
Attendance: 11,330[12]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Denmark  0–1  Portugal
Report Ronaldo Goal 90+5'
Telia Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 36,562
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Serbia  0–3
Awarded[note 3]
 Albania
Report
Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 25,200
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
20:45
(19:45 UTC±0)
Portugal  1–0  Armenia
Ronaldo Goal 72' Report
Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé
Attendance: 21,042
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Serbia  1–3  Denmark
Z. Tošić Goal 4' Report Bendtner Goal 60'85'
Kjær Goal 62'

29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Albania  2–1  Armenia
Mavraj Goal 77'
Gashi Goal 81'
Report Mavraj Goal 4' (o.g.)
29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Portugal  2–1  Serbia
Carvalho Goal 10'
Coentrão Goal 63'
Report Matić Goal 61'
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon
Attendance: 58,430
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Armenia  2–3  Portugal
Pizzelli Goal 14'
Mkoyan Goal 72'
Report Ronaldo Goal 29' (pen.)55'58'
13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Denmark  2–0  Serbia
Y. Poulsen Goal 13'
J. Poulsen Goal 87'
Report
Telia Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 30,887[18]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Denmark  0–0  Albania
Report
Telia Parken, Copenhagen
Attendance: 35,648[19]
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Serbia  2–0  Armenia
Hayrapetyan Goal 22' (o.g.)
Ljajić Goal 53'
Report

7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Armenia  0–0  Denmark
Report
7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Albania  0–1  Portugal
Report Veloso Goal 90+2'
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan[note 2]
Attendance: 12,121[21]
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Albania  0–2  Serbia
Report Kolarov Goal 90+1'
Ljajić Goal 90+4'
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan[note 2]
Attendance: 12,330[22]
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Portugal  1–0  Denmark
Moutinho Goal 66' Report
Estádio Municipal, Braga
Attendance: 29,860[23]
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Armenia  0–3  Albania
Report Hovhannisyan Goal 9' (o.g.)
Djimsiti Goal 23'
Sadiku Goal 76'
11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Serbia  1–2  Portugal
Z. Tošić Goal 65' Report Nani Goal 5'
Moutinho Goal 78'

Centralised friendlies

France were partnered with the five-team Group I, which enabled the 2016 tournament hosts to play friendlies against these countries on their 'spare' dates.[26] These friendlies did not count in the qualifying group standings.

7 September 2014 (2014-09-07)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Serbia  1–1  France
Kolarov Goal 80' Report Pogba Goal 13'
Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

11 October 2014 (2014-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
France  2–1  Portugal
Benzema Goal 3'
Pogba Goal 69'
Report Quaresma Goal 77' (pen.)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 79,000
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

14 October 2014 (2014-10-14)
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Armenia  0–3  France
Report Rémy Goal 7'
Gignac Goal 55' (pen.)
Griezmann Goal 84'

14 November 2014 (2014-11-14)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
France  1–1  Albania
Griezmann Goal 73' Report Mavraj Goal 40'

29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)
21:00
(21:00 UTC+2)
France  2–0  Denmark
Lacazette Goal 14'
Giroud Goal 38'
Report

13 June 2015 (2015-06-13)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Albania  1–0  France
Kaçe Goal 43' Report
Elbasan Arena, Elbasan
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Halis Özkahya (Turkey)

4 September 2015 (2015-09-04)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Portugal  0–1  France
Report Valbuena Goal 85'
Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon
Attendance: 39,853
Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

7 September 2015 (2015-09-07)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
France  2–1  Serbia
Matuidi Goal 9'25' Report A. Mitrović Goal 39'

8 October 2015 (2015-10-08)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
France  4–0  Armenia
Griezmann Goal 35'
Cabaye Goal 55'
Benzema Goal 78'79'
Report

11 October 2015 (2015-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Denmark  1–2  France
Sviatchenko Goal 90+1' Report Giroud Goal 4'6'

Goalscorers

Cristiano Ronaldo, leading goalscorer with 5 goals

Note: Does not include centralised friendlies.

5 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)
 Albania Ansi Agolli Booked vs Serbia (14 October 2014)
Booked vs Denmark (4 September 2015)
Booked vs Serbia (8 October 2015)
vs Armenia (11 October 2015)
 Armenia Hovhannes Hambardzumyan Yellow cardYellow cardRed card vs Albania (29 March 2015) vs Portugal (13 June 2015)
 Portugal Tiago Yellow cardYellow cardRed card vs Armenia (13 June 2015) vs Albania (7 September 2015)

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was to serve an eight-match touchline ban for unsporting conduct towards the match officials when he was in charge of Greece against Costa Rica in the 2014 FIFA World Cup round of 16 match.[27] The ban was temporarily suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport until the final appeal.[28] On 23 March 2015, the CAS ruled that his ban should be reduced to four games, with two suspended during a six-month probationary period, meaning he missed Portugal's matches against Serbia (29 March 2015) and Armenia (13 June 2015).[29]

Notes

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches on 14 November 2014, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ a b c d Albania played their home matches at Elbasan Arena, Elbasan and Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkodër instead of their regular stadium, Qemal Stafa National Stadium, Tirana, as the national stadium would be reconstructed.
  3. ^ a b c The Serbia v Albania match was abandoned with the score at 0–0 shortly before halftime after "various incidents", which resulted in the Albania players refusing to return to the field. UEFA ruled that Albania had forfeited the match and awarded a 3–0 win to Serbia, but also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the events. Serbia must also play their next two home qualifying games behind closed doors, and both the Serbian and Albanian FAs were fined €100,000.[13] Both the Serbian and Albanian football associations were looking to have the decision revisited,[14][15] but the decision was upheld by UEFA.[8] Both associations then filed further appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,[9] and on 10 July 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal filed by the Serbian FA, and upholds in part the appeal filed by the Albanian FA, meaning the match is deemed to have been forfeited by Serbia with 0–3 and they are still deducted three points.[4] Serbian FA announced appeal at the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland.[16]

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External links

  • UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying round Group I
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