Poland Situation Explained


GROUP B
Poland (1) v Croatia (6, winners), Austria (1) v Germany (3)

Croatia are confirmed group winners so will take on Turkey in Vienna on 20 June. However, Germany, Austria and Poland all have chances of earning a Basel tie against Portugal the night before. Germany, two points ahead of their rivals, need only draw with co-hosts Austria in Vienna as then Poland could not catch them on head-to-head record even if they beat Croatia in Klagenfurt. If Austria win they would go through, unless Poland defeat Croatia by a bigger margin to overtake the co-hosts’ currently superior goal difference (1-2 to 1-3).

If Austria and Poland finish level in second position on points, goal difference and goals scored, they will be split on qualifying coefficients (points per game) from the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008â„¢, and Poland are superior 2.167-1.500 (only Austria’s World Cup results count as they did not have to qualify for this tournament).

So Poland have to win their game and hope Austria win but equal or beat their goal difference. All in all alot of things have to go right for the Poles which are unlikely to occur but you never know in football just look at Turkey vs Czech Republic.

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