Which team will be Velho’s quarterfinal opponent at the Hangzhou Asian Games?
According to the women’s soccer quarterfinal draw released on the official website of the Hangzhou Asian Games on Nov. 21, the Belles, who are competing in Group E, will face either the second-place team from Group D or the first-place team from Group C if they win the group.
Head coach Colleen Bell’s team is favored to top Group E, which includes Hong Kong, the Philippines and Myanmar.
The Vietnamese are favored to finish second in Group D, which features Asian powerhouse Japan, along with Vietnam, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
The Vietnamese are coming off a successful run at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which concluded last month.
Group C has only two teams, North Korea and Singapore, after Cambodia’s sudden departure.
North Korea, a traditional powerhouse in women’s soccer, is expected to top Group C, despite having disappeared from the international scene since the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This means that the quarterfinals could see a North-South matchup.
However, there is no way to predict which team Vietnam or North Korea will face in the quarterfinals.
This is because the process of determining the quarterfinals of the tournament is complicated and involves a number of cases.
Currently, the tournament organizing committee has not disclosed the specific procedure for selecting the second-place team from Group D and the first-place team from Group C on its website or in the match rules.
However, according to the information provided by the Korea Football Association, except for Group C, which has only two teams, the winners of Groups A, B, D, and E will go directly to the quarterfinals regardless of the number of cases.
The winner of Group C, which is believed to be North Korea, will also punch their ticket to the quarterfinals. However, it is up in the air as to which of the remaining Group 1 teams they will face.
That’s because the quarterfinal matchup for the top team in Group C will depend on the dynamics between the second-place teams in Groups A, B, D, and E.
These four second-place teams will compete for the three remaining quarterfinal spots, with the top three teams ranked in order of points won, goals scored, goals against, and fair play points.
If the second-place team from any of the groups packs up, the first-place team from Group C takes its place, and so on.
For the Civil War to take place, the number of cases where the second-place teams in Groups A, B, and E are guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals and the second-place team in Group D is eliminated due to a lack of points.
If the second-place team in Group D survives the competition between the remaining two second-place teams and receives a quarterfinal ticket, then no matter what, Belle’s quarterfinal opponent will be Group D’s second-place team. Naturally, the North-South matchup is pushed back to the quarterfinals.
The tournament was originally scheduled to feature 17 teams.
The organizers split the groups into five, with three teams each in Groups A to C and four teams each in Groups D and E.
However, Cambodia’s sudden withdrawal left four teams competing in Group D-E, which included South Korea and Japan, and only two teams in Group C. This meant that only two teams would compete in the quarterfinals.
It is believed that this complexity was adopted in order to determine the quarterfinalists while maintaining the current groupings.
Prior to this complication, Bell’s quarterfinal opponent was expected to be Japan, who are the clear favorites to top Group D.
“If you finish first in the group, you play Japan,” Bell told reporters at the National Training Center (NFC) in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on May 5, adding, “I don’t understand, I don’t know why you have to play the first place team.” Fortunately, the Korea-Japan match was pushed back.
Japan, who reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup 2023, are the strongest team in Asia, including a 4-0 victory over eventual champions Spain in their group.
However, this time around, Japan made a number of changes to their roster from the World Cup. One player with World Cup experience is forward Chiba Remina (Jeff United). 카지노사이트