2019 ASIAN CUP THREAD-First Round

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Qatar 6-0 over North Korea... I really hope it's more of how bad NK are more than Qatar being good. Still, it's impressive that NK actually have a team that's good enough to even qualify for the tournament.
North Korea have consistently qualified for Asian Cups in my lifetime, and also perform decently in world cup qualifiers. If they didn't have a despot leader who was bent on keeping the country secluded they'd have a decent team
 

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UAE, Thailand and Bahrain (as 3rd) through. India eliminated because of an injury-time Bahrain pen. Disappointing but the pen was pretty blatant on replay.
 

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Four of the six third placed teams had a GD of either 4/4 or 4/5. Having third placed teams go through creates a mess, Thailand and China play each other despite being runners up, as do Uzbekistan and ourselves, yet Japan topped their group but are stuck playing Saudi Arabia who could easily match them in the middle east. Of course the host nation ends up with powerhouse Kyrgyzstan.
 
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