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Iceland and Ukraine meet in play-offs

Published: Friday 21 September 2012, 13.16CET
Iceland and Ukraine, both finals debutants in 2009 after winning play-offs, have been drawn to meet in next month's ties while Scotland play Spain and Austria face Russia.
by Paul Saffer
Iceland and Ukraine meet in play-offs
UEFA Women's EURO 2013 play-off draw ©UEFA.com
 

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Published: Friday 21 September 2012, 13.16CET

Iceland and Ukraine meet in play-offs

Iceland and Ukraine, both finals debutants in 2009 after winning play-offs, have been drawn to meet in next month's ties while Scotland play Spain and Austria face Russia.

Iceland and Ukraine, who both made their UEFA European Women's Championship finals debuts in 2009 after winning through the play-offs, have been matched this time around.

Full play-off draw: games 20/21 & 24/25 October
Scotland v Spain
Ukraine v Iceland
Austria v Russia

While Ukraine face Iceland, Austria – who have never previously even made the play-offs – will take on three-time qualifiers Russia. Scotland, who lost on their first appearance at this stage four years ago, are up against another side beaten in those play-offs, 1997 semi-finalists Spain, ensuring there will be at least one team in Sweden that did not qualify last time in Finland.

The three winners of the ties, in which Ukraine, Austria and Scotland will be at home in the first legs, will go into the 9 November finals draw in Gothenburg. Already in the finals from 10 to 28 July 2013 are hosts Sweden, the seven qualifying group winners Italy, holders Germany, Norway, France, Finland, England and Denmark plus best runners-up the Netherlands.

Making the draw were UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and Karen Espelund, UEFA Executive Committee member and UEFA Women's Football Committee chairwoman. "Congratulations to the play-off qualifiers. It's the final step now on the road to Sweden. It's been a tough competition so far, it's been open until the end as we all know from the results," Espelund said.

"Only Germany and Italy qualified quite early. It was a qualifying competition like we wanted – 17 teams still in the race for qualifying [before the last two sets of group matches]. We ended up with the six teams here for the play-offs and we're looking forward to the matches. We know that the preparations [in Sweden] are going very well, and I am quite sure that we will again see new standards, which will bring the quality of women's football forward."

Team guide
SCOTLAND: Group 4 runners-up

Coefficient: 31.123
Finals appearances: 0
2009 performance: Play-offs
Best performance: Play-offs (2009, 2013)
Qualifying top scorer: Kim Little 6
Past EURO qualifying play-offs: 2009 v Russia L4-4 on away goals (2-3 h, 2-1 a)

SPAIN: Group 2 runners-up
Coefficient: 32.679
Finals appearances: 1
2009 performance: Play-offs
Best performance: Semi-finals (1997)
Qualifying top scorer: Verónica Boquete, María Paz 10
Past EURO qualifying play-offs: 2009 v Netherlands L0-4 (0-2 h, 0-2 a); 2001 v Denmark L3-10 (1-6 a, 2-4 h); 1997 v England W3-2 (2-1 h, 1-1 a)

UKRAINE: Group 5 runners-up
Coefficient: 30.325
Finals appearances: 1
2009 performance: Group stage
Best performance: Group stage
Qualifying top scorer: Daryna Apanaschenko 7
Past EURO qualifying play-offs: 2009 v Slovenia W5-0 (3-0 h, 2-0 a); 2001 v England L1-4 (1-2 h, 0-2 a)

ICELAND: Group 3 runners-up
Coefficient: 33.637
Finals appearances: 1
2009 performance: Group stage
Best performance: Group stage (2009)
Qualifying top scorer: Margrét Lára Vidarsdóttir 9
Past EURO qualifying play-offs: 2009 v Republic of Ireland W4-1 (1-1 a, 3-0 h); 2005 v Norway L2-9 (2-7 a, 0-2 h); 1997 v Germany L0-7 (0-3 h, 0-4 a)

AUSTRIA: Group 7 runners-up
Coefficient: 26.915
Finals appearances: 0
2009 performance: Did not qualify
Best performance: Play-offs (2013)
Qualifying top scorer: Nina Burger 6
Past EURO qualifying play-offs: none

RUSSIA: Group 1 runners-up
Coefficient: 33.480
Finals appearances: 3
2009 performance: Group stage
Best performance: Group stage (1997, 2001, 2009)
Qualifying top scorer: Natalia Shlyapina 6
Past EURO qualifying play-offs: 2009 v Scotland W4-4 on away goals (3-2 a 1-2 h); 2005 v Finland L1-4 (0-1 a, 1-3 h)

Finals: 4 teams until 1995; 8 teams 1997, 2001, 2005; 12 teams 2009; max appearances 11

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