[U20 World Cup] Korea, the round of 16 confirmed before the start of the third round of the group stage at the earliest

If at least one team in the remaining Groups C-E finishes in 3rd place and scores 3 or less, they advance to the round of 16.

Korea U-20 soccer team taking a group photo
Korea U-20 soccer team taking a group photo

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Kim Dong-chan = The Korean under-20 (U-20) men’s soccer team, led by coach Kim Eun-joong, confirmed their advance to the FIFA U-20 World Cup round of 16 before the third group stage at the earliest. more likely to do

Korea is in second place with a record of 1 win and 1 draw until the 2nd match in Group F of the FIFA U-20 World Cup group stage in Argentina.

Korea’s 3rd game schedule is before Gambia (2 wins) at 6 am (Korean time) on the 29th.

Even if Korea defeats Gambia or draws, it can confirm its advance to the round of 16 on its own, and even if it loses, it is highly likely to advance to the round of 16.

This is because Korea can only finish third in the group if Korea loses to Gambia and Honduras wins the Honduras-France game held at the same time.

However, even in this case, it is necessary to consider the goal difference and the number of points to determine which of Korea or Honduras will be the second place.

In any case, if this scenario materializes and Korea ranks 3rd in the group, comparing their performance with the 3rd-placed countries in the other group, they must place 4th out of 6 teams to advance to the round of 16.

Kim Eun-joong, draw with Honduras
Kim Eun-joong, draw with Honduras

Since Korea has already secured 4 points, in Groups A to E, which finish the schedule for the 3rd match of the group stage before Group F, if there are 2 cases in which the 3rd place country in the group has less than 4 points, Korea will advance to the round of 16 regardless of the result of the 3rd match. advance into

First of all, in Groups A and B, where the group stage ended on the 27th, Slovakia, who placed third in Group B, finished with 1 win, 2 losses, and 3 points.

New Zealand, third in Group A, has 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss, 4 points, but the goal loss is -4, which is not good.

In the case of Groups C and D, where the 3rd match will be held on the 28th, it is unlikely that the 3rd place in Group C will secure 4 points.

Group C’s third match schedule is Colombia (2 wins) – Senegal (1 draw, 1 loss), Japan (1 win, 1 loss) – Israel (1 draw, 1 loss). 3rd place in the group will score 4 or more points.

Groups D and E also finish the third round before Korea belongs to Group F, so if the third place team in any of the remaining Groups C to E scores less than 4 points, Korea will advance to the round of 16.

Even if the points of 3rd place in Groups C to E are all 4 or more, it is not too much to say that the probability of Korea’s round of 16 is 100% given that New Zealand, 3rd in Group A, has a goal loss of -4.

Even if South Korea, which currently has a +1 goal difference, loses to Gambia by 5 goals or less, they will be ahead of New Zealand, so soccer fans will get the feeling that Korea has virtually advanced to the round of 16 of this tournament.

If Korea loses to Gambia by 5 goals, the goal difference will be the same as New Zealand’s, but Korea is already ahead of New Zealand in the number of goals scored.

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