World Cup 2006 Qualifying Draw: Europe

Europe will have 14 slots for the 2006 World Cup. Germany qualifies automatically as host nation. 51 teams will compete for the remaining 13 slots from 8 groups. The 8 group winners and the two best runner-up teams overall qualify automatically for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The other runner-ups will be drawn into home and away playoff-games to complete the final three berths.

European World Cup Qualifiers

Play Offs, Second Leg November 16

The Czech Republic 1 v Norway 0 The Czechs are through to Germany.
Tomas Rosicky's goal seals the win.
Slovakia 1 v Spain 1
Spain books a ticket to the World Cup on goal difference. In a downpour, David Villa gets his first goal for Spain.
Turkey 4 Switzerland 2
The Swiss qualify on away goals with a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.

Play Offs, First Leg November 12

Norway 0 v The Czech Republic 1
Vladimir Smicer's header separated the two teams on a mud-bath in Oslo.
Spain 5 v Slovakia 1
A Luis Garcia hat-trick virtually assures Spain of a ticket to Germany.
Switzerland 2 v Turkey 0
The Swiss have a slight edge after goals from Arsenal's Philippe Senderos and Varon Behrami of Lazio.

The two-legged home and away ties will be played on 12 November and 16 November. The three teams highest in the FIFA world rankings--the Czech Republic (4th), Spain (8th) and Turkey (12th)--were placed in one pot and will play a team drawn from the second pot either Norway (37th), Switzerland (38th) or Slovakia (45th).

EUROPEAN DRAW
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Czech Republic Turkey Portugal France
Netherlands Denmark Russia Republic of Ireland
Romania Greece Slovakia Switzerland
Finland Ukraine Latvia Israel
FYR Macedonia Georgia Estonia Cyprus
Armenia Albania Liechtenstein Faroe Islands
Andorra Kazakhstan Luxembourg  
Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8
Italy England Spain Sweden
Slovenia Poland Belgium Croatia
Scotland Austria Serbia & Montenegro Bulgaria
Norway Wales Bosnia Iceland
Belarus Northern Ireland Lithuania Hungary
Moldova Azerbaijan San Marino Malta

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