Korea, placed in a group with Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar, lost 0-2 against Qatar on the 6th and won 1-0 against Kyrgyzstan three days later on the 9th.
As of the 11th, when 2 games have been played, Korea has 1 win, 1 loss (3 points), and should be in second place after Qatar, which has 2 wins (6 points).
However, Korea’s preliminary record recorded on the AFC official website is 1 win, 0 loss (3 points). ) 1st place. Qatar is in 4th place with no wins or losses. Why?
Qatar is the host country for the ‘2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cup’, which will open in April next year. In any soccer tournament, including the World Cup, the host country secures the right to participate in the tournament. 먹튀검증사이트
Qatar can participate in the finals without having to participate in the preliminaries, but they decided to participate in the preliminaries to understand the strength of the participating teams and build a sense of real-life performance.
The host countries of all previous tournaments have largely made similar decisions. Qatar was placed in Group B along with Korea through the preliminary draw held in May.
At the time, the Korea Football Association said, “The match against Qatar has nothing to do with winning or losing.
“We just need to consider the results of the games against the other two teams,” he explained.
Therefore, although they lost against Qatar, it was not reflected in the official results of the Asian Cup preliminaries, so Korea was able to take first place in Group B with one win and no losses.
Korea is in a fortunate situation.
Qatar, which defeated Korea 2-0, is showing off its powerful power by defeating Myanmar 6-0.
If Qatar had not been the ‘host country’ for the Asian Cup finals, Korea could have been pushed to second place and had to consider the number of cases.
There are 43 countries participating in this U-23 Asian Cup preliminaries, with a total of 11 groups from Group A to Group K.
16 teams will participate in the U-23 Asian Cup finals. If the first-place teams in each group obtain direct tickets to the finals and deduct one automatic advance ticket to the host country
four advance tickets remain. Among the second-place teams in the 11 groups, the top four teams are awarded the right to participate based on points
goal difference, and points scored. If Korea had been in second place in Group B, they could have suffered the humiliation of being eliminated from the preliminary round since they had won 1-0 against Kyrgyzstan.
Since Qatar’s match is considered a friendly match rather than an official preliminary match, the number of participating countries in the preliminaries is the same as 42.
Each group consisted of four countries, but the final group, Group K, included three countries: Turkmenistan, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
Excluding Qatar, Group B also has three countries: Korea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar.
Groups of four countries will play three matches, while groups of three countries will play only two games.
In case of an imbalance in the number of countries, the AFC explains, “The number of countries is different in each group, so in the case of a group with many countries, the points are calculated by subtracting the result of the match against the lowest ranked team in the group.”
This also applies to the adult Asian Cup qualifiers, not the U-23 competition.
Due to a unique regulation, something dramatic happened two years ago. At that time, Syria, in Group A of the U-23 Asian Cup preliminary round, got off to a good start with a 5-0 win over Sri Lanka in the first match.
However, they both drew with Yemen (0-0) and Qatar (1-1), and finished second in the group after Qatar, which had two wins and one draw.
Still, they scored a total of 6 goals and gave up only 1 goal in 3 games, so it was not a bad performance for the 2nd place team.
Thailand, which was in Group J, drew 1-1 with Mongolia in its first game, then defeated Laos 3-0 and drew 0-0 with Malaysia, placing second in the group after Malaysia (2 wins, 1 draw).
Compared to Syria, goal difference and points scored were behind.
It was the ‘last place team’ that decided the fate of the two teams. Last place in Group A was Sri Lanka, and bottom place in Group J was Mongolia. Syria, which lost its record against Sri Lanka, which was the only team to win, ended up with a mediocre record of 2 draws and 0 goal difference when the second-place teams were readjusted, while Thailand, which lost 10,000 points, had 1 win and 1 draw (4 points). Among the second-place teams, they earned first place overall and qualified for the finals.