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MoldovaMoldovaStadionul Zimbru - ChisinauThursday 6 October 2016
20.45CET (21.45 local time)
Group D - Matchday 2
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Head to Head

No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

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Squad list Only this chapter

Moldova - Squad list
Current season
-Ilie Cebanu29/12/198629Mordovia - 1000
-Stanislav Namaşco10/11/198629Levadiakos - 0000
-Nicolae Calancea29/08/198630U Craiova - 0000
-Vitalie Bordian11/08/198432Sheriff - 0000
-Victor Golovatenco28/04/198432Zaria Balti - 0000
-Alexandru Epureanu27/09/198630İstanbul Başakşehir - 1000
-Vadim Bolohan15/08/198630Milsami - 0000
-Petru Racu17/07/198729Milsami - 0000
-Igor Armaş14/07/198729Kuban - 1000
-Cătălin Carp20/10/199322Viitorul - 0000
-Maxim Antoniuc15/01/199125Academia - 0000
-Veaceslav Posmac07/11/199025Dacia - 0000
-Alexandru Gaţcan27/03/198432Rostov - 1000
-Andrei Cojocari21/01/198729Milsami - 1000
-Alexandru Dedov26/07/198927Milsami*1000
-Maxim Mihaliov22/08/198630Zaria Balti - 1000
-Eugeniu Cebotaru16/10/198431Sibir - 1000
-Vladislav Ivanov07/05/199026Sheriff - 0000
-Gheorghe Andronic25/09/199125Milsami - 0000
-Eugen Zasavitchi24/11/199223Trakai - 0000
-Igor Bugaev26/06/198432Zaria Balti - 1000
-Eugeniu Sidorenco19/03/198927Milsami - 1000
-Radu Gînsari10/12/199124Sheriff - 1000
-Igor Dobrovolski27/08/196749 - 1000
Serbia - Squad list
Current season
-Vladimir Stojković28/07/198333Nottm Forest - 0000
-Predrag Rajković31/10/199520M. Tel-Aviv - 1000
-Aleksandar Jovanović06/12/199223AGF - 0000
-Branislav Ivanović22/02/198432Chelsea - 1000
-Antonio Rukavina26/01/198432Villarreal - 1000
-Aleksandar Kolarov10/11/198530Man. City - 0000
-Jagoš Vuković10/06/198828Konyaspor - 1000
-Matija Nastasić28/03/199323Schalke*1000
-Nikola Maksimović25/11/199124Napoli - 0000
-Filip Mladenović15/08/199125Köln - 1000
-Stefan Mitrović22/05/199026Gent - 0000
-Zoran Tošić28/04/198729CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Ljubomir Fejsa14/08/198828Benfica - 0000
-Luka Milivojević07/04/199125Olympiacos - 1000
-Nemanja Gudelj16/11/199124Ajax - 1000
-Nemanja Radoja06/02/199323Celta - 0000
-Lazar Marković02/03/199422Sporting CP - 0000
-Filip Kostić01/11/199223Hamburg - 1100
-Aleksandar Katai06/02/199125Alavés*1000
-Dušan Tadić20/11/198827Southampton - 1100
-Nikola Stoiljković17/08/199224Braga - 0000
-Andrija Pavlović16/11/199322København - 1000
-Aleksandar Mitrović16/09/199422Newcastle - 1000
-Slavoljub Muslin14/06/195363 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Igor Dobrovolski

Date of birth: 27/08/1967
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: FC Nistru Chisinau, FC Dinamo Moskva, Playas de Castellón FS, Servette FC, Genoa CFC, Olympique de Marseille, Club Atlético de Madrid, SC Fortuna Düsseldorf, FC Tiligul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tiligul Tiraspol, FC Academia Chisinau, FC Dacia Chisinau, FC Veris, FC Sakhalin, Moldova (twice)

• Born near the Ukrainian-Moldovan border, Dobrovolski was schooled at an academy in Tiraspol, and made his name as a creative midfielder with Nistru Chisinau, earning a move to Dinamo Moskva in 1986.

• A gold medal winner with the Soviet Union at the 1988 Olympics, he was also in the side that won the 1990 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. He appeared with the senior side at the FIFA World Cup finals that summer, and also played at the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships. Capped 47 times in total.

• Played in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany, and was at Marseille when they followed up a 1991/92 French title success with triumph in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League.

• Returned to Moldova in 2005 to become player-coach at Tiligul, leading his side to fourth place in his only season in charge. Hired as Moldova coach Anatol Teslev's assistant, he was in sole command from 2007-09, Moldova earning a best-ever total of 12 points under him in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, and reaching a pinnacle of 37th in the FIFA rankings.

• Led Dacia to Moldovan title in 2010/11 before working with Veris and Sakhalin. Hired as Moldova boss for a second time on 23 December 2015.



Slavoljub Muslin

Date of birth: 15 June 1953
Nationality: Serbian
Playing career: OFK Beograd, FK BASK, FK Rad, FK Crvena zvezda, LOSC Lille, Stade Brestois 29, SM Caen
Coaching career: Stade Brestois 29, Pau FC, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, RC Lens, Le Mans FC, Wydad Casablanca, FK Crvena zvezda (twice), PFC Levski Sofia, FC Metalurh Donetsk, KSC Lokeren OV (twice), FC Lokomotiv Moskva, FC Khimki, FC Dinamo Minsk, Anorthosis Famagusta FC, FC Krasnodar, FC Amkar Perm, R. Standard de Liège, Serbia

• Born and raised in Belgrade, Muslin played for a number of smaller clubs in the city before arriving at Crvena zvezda in 1975; was a defensive stalwart for 'Red Star' for six years, winning three Yugoslavian titles and reaching the 1978/79 UEFA Cup final, where his side lost to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Spent the latter years of his playing career in France, and started out as a coach there; helped to nurture the careers of David Ginola (Brest), Zinédine Zidane, Bixente Lizarazu and Christophe Dugarry (all Bordeaux).

• Won three domestic titles and a national cup in two spells as Crvena zvezda boss in the early 2000s; also coached clubs in Morocco, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Belgium, Belarus and Cyprus.

• Hired as Serbia coach in May 2016 to replace Radovan Ćurčić; agreed contract for the duration of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with the option of an extension if he takes his side to the finals.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
  • Assistant refereesDmitri Zhuk (BLR) , Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
  • Fourth officialDenis Scherbakov (BLR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJean-François Crucke (BEL)
  • Referee observerSokol Jareci (ALB)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Aleksei Kulbakov27/12/1979377

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
08/10/2008U19QRSerbiaNorthern Ireland3-1Belfast
05/11/2009UELGSFC TwenteFC Sheriff2-1Enschede
06/08/2014UCL3QRFK PartizanPFC Ludogorets Razgrad2-2Belgrade

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group D - Group Standings
    Republic of Ireland1010221
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Wales 4-0 Moldova
    1-0 Vokes 38, 2-0 Allen 44, 3-0 Bale 51, 4-0 Bale 90+5 (P)
    Cebanu, Armaş, A. Epureanu, Ioniţa, Gaţcan, Cebotaru (75 Sidorenco), Dedov (85 Mihaliov), Gînsari (75 Bugaev), Cașcaval, Cojocari, I. Jardan
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Moldova-Republic of Ireland
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Moldova
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Serbia 2-2 Republic of Ireland
    0-1 Hendrick 3, 1-1 Kostić 62, 2-1 Tadić 69 (P) , 2-2 Murphy 81
    Rajković, Rukavina, Gudelj, Nastasić, Ivanović, A. Mitrović (59 Pavlović), Tadić, Mladenović (76 D. Tošić), Milivojević, Kostić (82 Katai), Vuković
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
    Republic of Ireland-Serbia
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on