The highly anticipated women’s soccer match between South Korea and Japan at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games will be played in the final instead of the quarterfinals.
The women’s soccer team, led by head coach Colleen Bell, will set sail for gold at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. South Korea was drawn in Group E with Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Myanmar.
Adjacent to South Korea in Pool D is eternal rival Japan. Japan was paired with Vietnam, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
In this tournament, the winner of Group E and the winner of Group D would meet in the quarterfinals. However, that has changed. The Hangzhou Asian Games women’s soccer organizers changed the bracket on Monday, and the winner of Group E will face either Group D’s second-place team or Group C’s first-place team.
Korea and South Korea were expected to meet in the quarterfinals, but the change means that both teams will not meet in the quarterfinals if they enter the tournament as group winners 안전놀이터.
It was reported that no one was notified of the change. This turned out to be true when we spoke to a Korean Football Association (KFA) official. A KFA official told us, “We have not received any official letter regarding the bracket change.”
He said that he was confused. When asked if they had changed the bracket without any notice, the answer was “yes” with a hint of embarrassment.
Meanwhile, the winner of Group E will play the winner of Group D or the winner of Group C, so naturally, the winner of Group D will play the winner of Group C or the winner of Group E for a ticket to the quarterfinals. South Korea and Japan will meet in the final if they defeat their respective rivals.