The Hangzhou Asian Games women’s soccer quarterfinal draw, which was supposed to be a “group winner-takes-all” affair, has been slightly altered, raising the possibility that the Korea-Japan match could be postponed.
According to the Asian Games women’s soccer quarterfinal bracket posted on the tournament website on Aug. 18, the winner of Group E will face either the second-place team from Group D or the first-place team from Group C. The winner of Group D will play the winner of Group C or the second-place finisher of Group E for a spot in the quarterfinals.
The women’s soccer group stage at the Hangzhou Asian Games has been divided into five groups, with three teams each in Groups A through C and four teams each in Groups D and E. The top five teams from each group will face off in the quarterfinals. The five top-ranked teams from each group and the best three finishers from each group will meet in the quarterfinals.
In the original bracket, the winner of Group D and the winner of Group E would meet in the quarterfinals. This meant that the Korean national team would face Japan, a women’s soccer powerhouse that was expected to finish first in Group D, in the quarterfinals.
However, with the change in the bracket, the chances of facing Japan in the quarterfinals have significantly decreased. If South Korea and Japan finish atop their respective groups, a Korea-Japan matchup in the finals is possible.온라인바카라
The Korea Football Association said it had not been informed by the Asian Games organizers about the change in bracket. The KFA received a file from the organizing committee on Aug. 8 outlining the rescheduling of all sports at the Asian Games, but the document made no mention of football rescheduling. Instead, the guidelines received the same day printed a revised bracket with no mention of the rescheduling. With no notice of the soccer rescheduling, he didn’t think the brackets had changed and didn’t check the new brackets.