After an impressive display in the ongoing AFC U-16 Championship, acquiring 4 points in 2 games with a game in hand, ensures the Indian football team sitting second in points table. India are on the verge of qualifying for the knockouts, their first time after 18 years but let’s look around the paradromic equation here :
1. Direct win will comfortably ensure a passage for the colts to the knockouts with India topping the group with 7 points and next best team will only have 4 points in the bag.
2. Draw between India and Indonesia will also ensure a comfortable passage to the knockouts for the blue colts. Given the situation India and Indonesia will have 5 points each with the Indonesians leading the group thanks to a superior goal difference and the game between Iran and Vietnam will have no effect on the point given that winner of that match will have only 4 points.
3. But a loss against Indonesia will bring a hypothetical scenario for the qualifications.
A direct loss against the Garuda will bring the game between Vietnam and Iran into the scenario.
a) If the game between Iran and Vietnam ends up in a draw, both teams will have 2 points each. This will not bother India’s positions in the points table with India already have 4 points.
b) If Iran wins it will make it worse situation for India as currently Iran’s goal difference is -2 and india +1. If India lose against Indonesia then it means the GD will be 0 or less. A 3-0 win against Vietnam will result in a GD +1 for Iran and they qualifies. This is the situation Bibiano’s boys will better like to avoid.
C) But if Vietnam wins against Iran, head to head and goal difference will come into play.
Since India have beaten Vietnam in Group stage Since the present Goal difference of India is +1 and Vietnam is -2. Even if they win by the equation of 2-0, It is the men in blue that will progress to the second round.