Three Asian nations have survived the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia. Japan, Iran, and Uzbekistan have advanced to the round of 16, while South Korea has been eliminated from the last four.
First, South Korea lost all three games in Group E to finish fourth and out of the Round of 16. After a 1-3 loss to the United States, they dropped back-to-back games to France (0-1) and Burkina Faso (1-2).
South Korea were runners-up at the Asian Cup, but the barrier to world football was high. They were knocked out of the competition before the round of 16 against Burkina Faso and eventually lost their final game, becoming the first team in history to be knocked out without a win.
Hosts Indonesia also failed to reach the round of 16, finishing third in Group A. With two draws and one loss, they were in contention for a wild card until the very end.
Japan, Iran, and Uzbekistan, however, all advanced to the round of 16. They tied for third place in their groups, giving them an edge in the wildcard race.레모나토토 주소
Japan took down Poland and Senegal in Group D, but a 1-3 loss to Argentina prevented them from finishing in the top two. Nevertheless, they advanced to the round of 16 with the best record of the six group winners, second only to Iran.
The Iranians caused a stir in Group C with a 3-2 win over Brazil. They followed that up with a 1-2 loss to England and a 5-0 thrashing of New Caledonia to go 2-1 and earn the wild card.
The last team out of Asia is Uzbekistan. In Group B, they lost 0-3 to Mali, but bounced back with a 3-0 win over Canada and a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Spain. They earned four points, which was the wild card threshold, to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in 10 years since 2013.
Japan, Iran, and Uzbekistan are less fortunate in the round of 16, which begins on Tuesday. Japan will face Spain, Iran will face Morocco, and Uzbekistan will face England.
However, Japan and Iran can’t be taken lightly, as they finished third in their group with two wins apiece. Furthermore, Spain and Morocco are not insurmountable. Facing the favorites, Uzbekistan will need a miracle.