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  1. Russia's exit highlights differences between UEFA and FIFA's tie-breaker systems

    by , 17th June 2012 at 10:59 AM (11v11 blog)
    There is some confusion over Russia's exit from Euro 2012 in Group A. This isn't surprising as there are different systems for tie-breakers when teams are level on points in the group stages of international football tournaments - one operated by FIFA and the other by UEFA.

    Russia have been knocked out because the UEFA system gives priority to the head to head results between the teams equal in the points standings, rather than separating the sides on goal difference in all group games.

    So in the case of Russia their 4-1 victory against eventual group winners the Czech Republic, counts for nothing in deciding whether they or the Greeks go through to the next round.

    The system operated by UEFA leads to fairly complex calculations and bizarre results regarding ...
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