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Groups B & C: The race to the quarter-finals explained


Monday, January 15, 2018
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Changzhou: With the AFC U23 Championship group stage coming to an end for Groups B and C on Tuesday, the-AFC.com clarifies the possible qualification scenarios ahead of the Matchday Three action. 



Group B

Game 1: Thailand (THA) v Palestine (PLE): Changzhou Olympic Sports Center
Game 2: Japan (JPN) v DPR Korea (PRK): Jiangyin Sports Center

Japan were the first team to qualify for the quarter-finals and currently have six points, followed by DPR Korea with four and Palestine with one point. Thailand are eliminated, regardless of the their last result.


THA win + PRK win results in = PRK 7pts, JPN 6pts, THA 3pts, PLE 1pts

THA win + Game 2 draw results in = JPN 7pts, PRK 5pts, THA 3pts, PLE 1pts

THA win + JPN win results in = JPN 9pts, PRK 4pts, THA 3pts, PLE 1pts


Game 1 draw + PRK win results in = PRK 7pts, JPN 6pts, PLE 2pts, THA 1pts

Both games drawn results in = JPN 7pts, PRK 5pts, PLE 2pts, THA 1pts

Game 1 draw + JPN win results in = JPN 9pts, PRK 4pts, PLE 2pts, THA 1pts


PLE win + PRK win results in = PRK 7pts, JPN 6pts, PLE 4pts, THA 0pts

PLE win + Game 2 draw results in = JPN 7 pts, PRK 5pts, PLE 4pts, THA 0pts

PLE win + JPN win results in = JPN 9pts, PRK 4pts^^, PLE 4pts^^, THA 0pts


^ Ranking determined on number of points obtained from group match among the teams (Article 9.3.2.1)

^^ Ranking determined on goal difference from the group matches among the teams (Article 9.3.2.2 and 9.3.2.3). If still equal, yellow and red cards will be calculated (Article 9.3.2.8) or the drawing of lots will take place (Article 9.3.2.9) in the order given. If the drawing of lots is required, it will be at the AFC Headquarters hotel on the same night. The timing will be announced by the AFC, taking into account sufficient time for concerned teams to send representatives.



Group C

Game 1: Iraq (IRQ) v Jordan (JOR): Changshu Sports Center
Game 2: Saudi Arabia (KSA) v Malaysia (MAS): Kunshan Sports Center

Iraq lead Group C with four points, with Jordan and Saudi Arabia level on two points each, while Malaysia are bottom with one point. All four teams still have a chance to advance to the final eight.


IRQ win + MAS win results in = IRQ 7pts, MAS 4pts, JOR 2 pts^^, KSA 2pts^^

IRQ win + Game 2 draw results in = IRQ 7pts, KSA 3pts, JOR 2pts^^, MAS 2pts^^

IRQ win + KSA win results in = IRQ 7pts, KSA 5pts, JOR 2pts, MAS 1pts


Game 1 draw + MAS win results in = IRQ 5pts, MAS 4pts, JOR 3pts, KSA 2pts

Both games drawn results in = IRQ 5pts, KSA 3pts^^, JOR 3pts ^^, MAS 2pts

Game 1 draw + KSA win results in = IRQ 5pts, KSA 5pts, JOR 3pts, MAS 1pts


JOR win + MAS win results in = JOR 5pts, IRQ 4pts^, MAS 4pts^, KSA 2pts

JOR win + Game 2 draw results in = JOR 5pts, IRQ 4pts, KSA 3pts, MAS 2pts

JOR win + KSA win results in = JOR 5pts^^, KSA 5pts^^, IRQ 4pts, MAS 1pts


^ Ranking determined on number of points obtained from group match among the teams (Article 9.3.2.1)

^^ Ranking determined on goal difference from the group matches among the teams (Article 9.3.2.2 and 9.3.2.3). If still equal, yellow and red cards will be calculated (Article 9.3.2.8) or the drawing of lots will take place (Article 9.3.2.9) in the order given. If the drawing of lots is required, it will be at the AFC Headquarters hotel on the same night. The timing will be announced by the AFC, taking into account sufficient time for concerned teams to send representatives.

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