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  Qualifying Round

  

Group 5

From the moment the UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying draw was made Germany were the overwhelming favourites to win Group 5 above Scotland, Iceland, Lithuania and the Faroe Islands. Such a prediction proved accurate but the group was far closer than anyone would have dared forecast. 

Indeed, only a win against Iceland on the final day sealed Germany's place in Portugal and while the 2002 FIFA World Cup finalists remained unbeaten, three of their rivals long held realistic hopes of clinching automatic qualification. When the group began in September 2002, little over two months after the World Cup final, it all seemed so different. Germany eased to a 2-0 win in Lithuania, while Scotland's hopes were dented as they were held 2-2 in the Faroes, a game the home team had led 2-0 with an hour gone. 

Scotland bounced back the following month to win 2-0 in Iceland, while Lithuania got off the mark by beating the Faroese by the same scoreline. Four days later, Germany's form began to dip as they scraped a 2-1 victory at home to the Faroes, while Iceland were more convincing in overcoming Lithuania 3-0. The next fixtures were in March. Scotland moved level on points with the leaders as they edged past Iceland 2-1 and Lithuania earned a surprise 1-1 draw in Germany. Lithuania beat Scotland four days later, meaning both sides were only behind Germany on head-to-head record. 

June brought further twists. While Scotland were holding Germany 1-1 in Glasgow, Iceland, under new coach Asgeir Sigurvinsson, delighted in a last-minute winner against the Faroese. Four days later the Icelanders hit top form with a 3-0 win in Lithuania, while Germany needed two late goals to beat the Faroese 2-0. Iceland's excellent run continued in August as a 2-1 victory in the Faroe Islands took them top of the section. 

Iceland, therefore, welcomed Germany to Rekjavik in September knowing that victory would put them in command of the group. In the event the Germans managed to secure a 0-0 draw that had the effect of eliminating Lithuania from contention, while Scotland's win against the Faroe Islands made their subsequent trip to Dortmund pivotal. That game was no easy matter for Germany, but they eventually prevailed 2-1 to ensure they only needed a final-day draw against Iceland in Hamburg to qualify. 

A subsequent 3-0 victory saw the Germans home while Iceland were denied a play-off place as a 1-0 win against Lithuania gave Scotland second place and set up a testing play-off encounter with the Netherlands.
  - UEFA.com

 
Lithuania 0-2 Germany 07/09/02
  Ballack 26
Stankevicius og 59
Faroe Islands 2-2 Scotland 07/09/02
Petersen 6, 12 n/a
Lithuania 2-0 Faroe Islands 12/10/02
Razanauskas pen 22
Poskus 37
 
Iceland 0-2 Scotland 12/10/02
  Dailly 7
Naysmith 63
Germany 2-1 Faroe Islands 16/10/02
Ballack pen 2
Klose 58
 Friedrich og 45
Iceland 3-0 Lithuania 16/10/02
n/a  
Germany 1-1 Lithuania 29/03/03
Ramelow  8 Razanauskas 73
Scotland 2-1 Iceland 29/03/03
Miller 12
Wilkie 70
Gudjohnsen 48
Lithuania 1-0 Scotland 02/04/03
Razanauskas pen 73  
Scotland 1-1 Germany 07/06/03
Miller 69 Bobic 23
Iceland 2-1 Faroe Islands 07/06/03
Sigurdsson 50
Gudmundsson 90
Jacobsen 63 
Faroe Islands 0-2 Germany 11/06/03
  Klose 89
Bobic 90
Lithuania 0-3 Iceland 11/06/03
  Gudjonsson 59, 70
Hreidarsson 90
Faroe Islands 1-2 Iceland 20/08/03
Jacobsen 66 Gudjohnsen 6
Marteinsson 72
Scotland 3-1 Faroe Islands 06/09/03
McCann 8
Dickov 45
McFadden 74
Johnsson 36
Iceland 0-0 Germany 06/09/03
   
Germany 2-1 Scotland 10/09/03

Bobic 25
Ballack pen 50

McCann 60
Faroe Islands 1-3 Lithuania 10/09/03
Olsen 43 Morinas 21, 58
Vencevicius 88
Scotland 1-0 Lithuania 11/10/03
Fletcher 70  
Germany 3-0 Iceland 11/10/03
Ballack 9
Bobic 59
Kuranyi 79
 

 

 

 

 

  Group Standings

Group 5
Germany
Scotland
Iceland
Lithuania
Faroe Is.

P
8
8
8
8
8

W
5
4
4
3
0

D
3
2
1
1
1

L
0
2
3
4
7

F
13
12
11
7
7

A
4
8
9
11
18

Pt
18
14
13
10
1

 

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