UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying

UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates 7 September 1966 – 11 May 1968
Teams 31 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 97
Goals scored 304 (3.13 per match)
Top scorer(s) János Farkas
Luigi Riva
(6 goals each)

The qualifying round for the 1968 European Football Championship consisted of 31 teams divided into eight groups; seven of four teams and one of three teams. Each group winner progressed to the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through, to the final tournament.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[upper-alpha 1]
 Italy (host)Play-off winner20 April 19680 (debut)
 YugoslaviaPlay-off winner24 April 19681 (1960)
 EnglandPlay-off winner8 May 19680 (debut)
 Soviet UnionPlay-off winner11 May 19682 (1960, 1964)
  1. Bold indicates champion for that year.

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 6 3 2 1 6 2 +4 8 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–0 2–0
2  Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 7 1–0 1–2 3–0
3  Republic of Ireland 6 2 1 3 5 8 3 5 0–0 0–2 2–1
4  Turkey 6 1 2 3 3 8 5 4 0–0 0–0 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Bulgaria 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 1–0 3–0 4–2
2  Portugal 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 6 0–0 1–2 2–1
3  Sweden 6 2 1 3 9 12 3 5 0–2 1–1 5–2
4  Norway 6 1 1 4 9 14 5 3 0–0 1–2 3–1
Source: UEFA

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Soviet Union 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 10 Advance to play-offs 4–0 4–3 2–0
2  Greece 5 2 1 2 7 8 1 5 0–1 4–1 2–1
3  Austria 5 2 1 2 7 9 2 5 1–0 Annulled[lower-alpha 1] 2–1
4  Finland 6 0 2 4 5 12 7 2 2–5 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. The Austria v Greece match was abandoned in the 86th minute at 1–1 due to a crowd disturbance and declared void.[1]

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Yugoslavia 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 6 Advance to play-offs 1–0 4–0
2  West Germany 4 2 1 1 9 2 +7 5 3–1 6–0
3  Albania 4 0 1 3 0 12 12 1 0–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 5

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Hungary 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9 Advance to play-offs 3–1 2–1 6–0
2  East Germany 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 7 1–0 4–3 3–2
3  Netherlands 6 2 1 3 11 11 0 5 2–2 1–0 2–0
4  Denmark 6 1 1 4 6 16 10 3 0–2 1–1 3–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 6 5 1 0 17 3 +14 11 Advance to play-offs 3–1 4–0 5–0
2  Romania 6 3 0 3 18 14 +4 6 0–1 4–2 7–0
3   Switzerland 6 2 1 3 17 13 +4 5 2–2 7–1 5–0
4  Cyprus 6 1 0 5 3 25 22 2 0–2 1–5 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 6 4 1 1 14 6 +8 9 Advance to play-offs 1–1 2–1 3–1
2  Belgium 6 3 1 2 14 9 +5 7 2–1 2–4 3–0
3  Poland 6 3 1 2 13 9 +4 7 1–4 3–1 4–0
4  Luxembourg 6 0 1 5 1 18 17 1 0–3 0–5 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 8

Group 8's results were formed by combining the results of the 1966–67 and 1967–68 editions of the British Home Championship.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9 Advance to play-offs 2–3 5–1 2–0
2  Scotland 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 8 1–1 3–2 2–1
3  Wales 6 1 2 3 6 12 6 4 0–3 1–1 2–0
4  Northern Ireland 6 1 1 4 2 8 6 3 0–2 1–0 0–0
Source: UEFA

Play-offs

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bulgaria  3–4  Italy 3–2 0–2
Hungary  2–3  Soviet Union 2–0 0–3
England  3–1  Spain 1–0 2–1
France  2–6  Yugoslavia 1–1 1–5

Goalscorers

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

References

  1. Stokkermans, Karel; Tabeira, Martín (7 February 2007). "European Championship 1968". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
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