Will Korea and Japan win in the round of 16? There are ‘worst’ cases… Iraq and Jordan, the second round is a watershed

January 18, 2024 | by

The World Cup and the Asian Cup are two major competitions in which the South Korean national team A participates. The patterns of the two competitions are different.

The World Cup, in which the best teams in the world will participate, is a tough road to reckon with the number of cases to advance to the round of 16 teams from the group stage. On the other hand, they are not too worried about the Asian Cup group stage. The only time Korean soccer team failed to advance to the group stage at the 1984 Asian Cup was in Singapore.

The Qatar Asian Cup is also not a big step forward. The team is in Group E along with Bahrain, Jordan, and Malaysia. There is a wide gap in FIFA rankings. South Korea ranks 23rd, Bahrain 86th, Jordan 87th and Malaysia 130th. In the first match against Bahrain on Saturday (Korea time), the team had a 3-1 victory with multiple goals by Hwang In-beom (Zvezda) and Lee Kang-in (Paris Saint-Germain).

The opponent in the second match is Jordan, which crushed Malaysia 4-0. If he wins the match against Jordan, which will take place at Altumama Stadium in Doha at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, he will advance to the round of 16.

The Asian Cup’s “genuine match” starts with the round of 16 teams, where a loser has to pack his bags. The “number of cases” is also set there. There is an interesting point to watch. There seems to be no 1 percent chance, but it is a possibility that the Republic of Korea and Japan, the strong candidates, will meet in the round of 16.

Japan, ranked 17th at FIFA, is in Group D along with Iraq, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In the first group match, the team beat Vietnam, ranked 94th at FIFA, 4-2. Japan will meet Iraq, ranked 63rd, in the second group match. 라바카지노 The team will have a showdown at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, one day ahead of Korea’s second group match, at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Iraq defeated Indonesia, ranked 146th under coach Shin Tae-yong, 3-1 in the first group match.

Iraq is the only team in Group D that can give Japan its business card. If Japan loses to Iraq and becomes a “scapegoat of extraordinary changes,” it could face the worst-case scenario in which it will face the Republic of Korea in the round of 16. If the Korean national team wins the group league as No. 1 in Group E, its opponent in the round of 16 will be No. 2 in Group D. If Japan makes it to the round of 16 as No. 1 in Group D without any unexpected changes, it will be able to meet the Republic of Korea only after advancing to the round of 16.

Iraq played an exhibition game against the Republic of Korea in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday to boost immunity of its “East Asian soccer” team. Team Korea won the game 1-0, but Iraq’s tight defense and strong counterattack stood out.

I can’t imagine, but if South Korea ranks second in Group E, it will face Saudi Arabia’s No. 1 ranking in Group F in the round of 16. In this picture, the Korea-Japan match can be made in the semifinals.

Korea, the first Asian Cup champion in 1956, last became the champion twice in 1960. He challenged Qatar to become the Asian leader for the first time in 64 years.

Japan, on the other hand, boasts four victories (in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011), the most in Asia. The Korea-Japan match in the round of 16 is the worst-case scenario, but the final match will likely be the biggest attraction at the 21st century Asian Cup.

“Every tournament has a potential to win. Korea and Japan are among the candidates. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Australia and Qatar are also among the candidates. They are all good teams. We have the capability to win the title,” manager Jürgen Klinsmann said on Sunday. “However, when the tournament begins, we have no choice but to think about the next tournament. I hope that will be the seven games. Others chose us as candidates because they watched our last tournament and respected us. The same applies to other teams.”


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