|Oday Dabagh (R) will look to lead Palestine past rivals Jordan|
What: 2018 AFC U23 Championship qualifier
When: 19:30 Jerusalem Time. Friday, July 21st
Where: Dura International Stadium, Palestine
TV/Stream: Palestine Sport / Pal24Sport (FB Live)
Palestine will continue their quest at a spot at the U23 Championship finals tomorrow when they face rivals Jordan. The young Fida’i‘s will look to rebound from a disappointing 2-2 draw vs. Tajikistan while Jordan is seeking to consolidate first place in the group after hammering Bangladesh 7-0 in the Group E opener.
The Olympic side has had considerable more success against Al-Nashama than their senior compatriots. Palestine should take heart from the fact that the previous iterations of the team beat Jordan 1-0 on three occasions over the course of 2014 and 2015.
Al-Fida’i were victorious in the 2014 Nakba Cup invitational tournament over their cross river rivals in the opening game and the final.
Fifteen months later, Islam Batran put on a show to rescue what was an otherwise forgettable 2015 WAFF Youth Championship.
|Current Group E Standings|
Ten group winners alongside the five best runner ups will qualify for the tournament. That field could expand to six best runners ups should China- next year’s hosts- finish amongst the top 15 teams.
Sri Lanka’s late withdrawal left Group A with only three teams. Rather than award a string of 3-0 wins to Iran, Oman, and Kyrgyzstan- the AFC has elected to drop the results against the fourth place team in each group.
For Group E participants- that most likely means results against Bangladesh won’t count in the ranking of best second place teams. Neither Palestine nor Jordan can afford to lose this match- a draw would keep both teams in the running for qualification as a group winner- but effectively take them out of the running for qualification as a second place team.
Should the game end in a draw, Palestine would still have a slim chance at finishing as group winners. They would have to beat Bangladesh (by eight goals) and then hope Jordan and Tajikistan battle to a draw. That would leave the three teams even on points and goal difference in the games played amongst them (2 Points, 0 GD). The next tie breaker would be goals scored in the matches involving the three teams- should that fail to break the tie then- the goals against Bangladesh would determine the group winner.
In the unlikely scenario that that would fail to produce a clear cut group winner- the next tie breakers are disciplinary points (amount of yellow and red cards) and the infamous drawing of lots/coin flip.
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