1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification (UEFA Play-off)
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1998 FIFA World Cup Qualification UEFA Play-off

The 1998 FIFA World Cup European Qualification Playoffs were a set of home-and-away playoffs to decide the final four places granted to national football teams from European nations (more precisely, UEFA members) for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

By the rules of the UEFA qualifying tournament, the first-place finishers in each of the nine groups received automatic berths, along with the best second-place team that had earned the most points against the top four teams in their individual group.

The eight remaining second-place teams were divided into two pots based on their standings in the September 1997 FIFA World Rankings. The division was:

A draw was held on 13 October 1997 at FIFA headquarters in Zürich to pair each team from Pot 1 with a team from Pot 2. A second draw at the same time and location determined the order of the fixtures.

The playoffs were decided by the standard FIFA method of aggregate score, with away goals and, if necessary, extra time with the possibility of a penalty shootout at the end of the second leg. The winner of each playoff was awarded a place in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Matches

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Croatia  3-1  Ukraine 2-0 1-1
Russia  1-2  Italy 1-1 0-1
Republic of Ireland  2-3  Belgium 1-1 1-2
Hungary  1-12  FR Yugoslavia 1-7 0-5

First leg

Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Alain Sars (France)

Russia 1-1 Italy
Cannavaro Goal 52 (o.g.) Report Vieri Goal 49
Attendance: 15,000

Hungary 1-7 FR Yugoslavia
Illés Goal 88 Report Brnovi? Goal 2
?uki? Goal 6
Savi?evi? Goal 10
Mijatovi? Goal 264151
Milo?evi? Goal 63

Attendance: 32,305

Second leg

FR Yugoslavia 5-0 Hungary
Milo?evi? Goal 18
Mijatovi? Goal 4445 (pen.)7188
Report
Attendance: 48,498
Referee: Metin Tokat (Turkey)

Yugoslavia won 12-1 on aggregate.


Attendance: 77,500

Croatia won 3-1 on aggregate.


Belgium won 3-2 on aggregate.


Italy won 2-1 on aggregate.


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