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The most likely scenario is Korea finishing first in Group E and Japan finishing first in Group D.
If they finish first in their respective groups, there will be no Korea-Japan game until the final.
Same with Australia.
If Korea finishes second in Group E, it will be a thorny road…
Saudi Arabia in Round of 16, Australia in Round of 8, Japan in Round of 4 likely
If Japan finishes second in Group D, there is a possibility of a Korea-Japan match in the round of 16.
Korea must finish first in Group E to increase their chances of winning.
[Financial News] The most talked about match at the Asian Cup is the Korea-Japan match.
In addition to Asian soccer fans, European fans are also interested in when Korea and Japan will meet.
That’s because there are a whopping 32 Europeans on both teams.
Even if you add up all the players from all the countries competing in the Asian Cup, there are more Europeans from Korea and Japan.
The stature of the two East Asian nations has risen significantly.
If Korea tops Group E and Japan tops Group D as expected, the two countries won’t meet until they reach the final. 온라인카지노
However, if one of them sulks and finishes second in their group, they could meet before then.
For example, if Japan finishes second in Group D and South Korea finishes first in Group E, they could meet in the round of 16. However, this is a very unlikely scenario.
It’s hard to imagine Japan, ranked 17th in the FIFA rankings and currently riding a 10-match A-match winning streak, losing to one of Iraq, Vietnam, or Indonesia and dropping to second place in the group.
Even if the ball is round, the power differential is too great.
What would be really bad here is if South Korea were to finish second in Group E straight up. In that case, South Korea could meet Japan in the quarterfinals.
But more important than facing Japan in the quarterfinals is the possibility of facing Saudi Arabia, the projected Group F winner, in the round of 16 and Australia in the quarterfinals.
Of course, that’s assuming that Saudi Arabia and Australia advance as expected, which is highly unlikely as they are the most physically dominant teams.
In a physically demanding tournament, facing Asia’s top teams in the World Cup in every game is very taxing.
There are enough cautions and injury variables in the tournament to make it difficult.
For South Korea, this would be the worst possible situation, with the added pressure of criticism for finishing second in the group.
On the other hand, topping Group E means that while there is a very small chance that they might meet Japan in the round of 16, the rest of the bracket is relatively easy.
And even if they do meet Japan in the round of 16, they will be facing Korea at their 100% best.
For South Korea, the quarterfinals and semifinals don’t mean much.
Their top priority at the Asian Cup is to win their first title in 64 years.
The best-case scenario is to top Group E and reach the final.