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Background 49 UEFA national teams entered qualification, and 14 teams will qualify for the 1998 World Cup. The 49 teams were divided into nine groups, four groups of six teams and five groups of five teams. The group winners would qualify. The runners-up would be ranked according to their records against the 1st, 3rd and 4th-placed team in their groups, and the team with the best record would also qualify. The other runners-up would advance to the UEFA Play-offs.

A record 174 teams entered, and 170 took part.

The draw took place at the Musée Du Louvre in Paris, on 12 December 1995.

UEFA Group 2

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
England 8 6 1 1 15 2 +13 19
Italy 8 5 3 0 11 1 +10 18
Poland 8 3 1 4 10 12 -2 10
Georgia 8 3 1 4 7 9 -2 10
Moldova 8 0 0 8 2 21 -19 0

Matches
1 September 1996
Moldova 0 England 3 [0-2]
Stadionul Republican, Chişinău
(9,500)
Barmby, Gascoigne, Shearer
5 October 1996
Moldova 1 Italy 3 [1-1]
Stadionul Republican, Chişinău
(4,085)
Curtianu
Ravenelli (2), Casiraghi
9 October 1996
Italy 1 Georgia 0 [1-0]
Estadio Renato Curi, Perugia (14,012)
Ravenelli
England 2 Poland 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (74,663)
Shearer (2)
Citko
9 November 1996
Georgia 0 England 2 [0-2]
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi
(48,000)
Sheringham, L.Ferdinand
10 November 1996
Poland 2 Moldova 1 [1-0]
Górniczy Klub Sportowy Katowice, Katowice (8,500)
Baluszynski, K. Warzycha (pen)
Clescenco (pen)
12 February 1997
England 0 Italy 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (75,055)
Zola
29 March 1997
Italy 3 Moldova 0 [2-0]
Stadio Nereo Rocco, Trieste (17,677)
Maldini, Zola, Vieri
2 April 1997
Poland 0 Italy 0 [0-0]
Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów (32,000)
 
30 April 1997
Italy 3 Poland 0 [2-0]
Estadio San Paolo, Naples (35,327)
Di Matteo, Maldini, R.Baggio
England 2 Georgia 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (71,208)
Sheringham, Shearer
31 May 1997
Poland 0 England 2 [0-1]
Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów
(35,000)
Shearer, Sheringham
7 June 1997
Georgia 2 Moldova 0 [1-0]
Tscentral Stadium, Batumi (12,500)
Arveladze, Kinkladze
14 June 1997
Poland 4 Georgia 1 [2-1]
Górniczy Klub Sportowy Katowice, Katowice (1,022)
Ledwon, Trzeciak, Bukalski (pen), K.Nowak
Arveladze
10 September 1997
Georgia 0 Italy 0 [0-0]
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi (51,117)
 
England 4 Moldova 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London (74,102)
Scholes, Wright (2), Gascoigne
24 September 1997
Moldova 0 Georgia 1 [0-1]
Stadionul Republican, Chişinău (5,300)
Ketsbaia
Curtianui Kaladze, Kinkladze
7 October 1997
Moldova 0 Poland 3 [0-1]
Stadionul Republican, Chişinău (10,000)
Juskowiak (3)
11 October 1997
Georgia 3 Poland 0 [0-0]
Boris Paichadze National Stadium, Tbilisi (15,000)
Arveladze, Tskhadaze, Ketsbaia
Kavelashvili Majak
 Italy 0 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio Olimpico, Roma
(81,200)
 
Di Livio
Notes
Italy went on to qualify for the 1998 World Cup Finals after defeating Russia in a two-legged play-off in November 1997.
 
 

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