Football at the 2018 Asian Games – Men's tournament

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Men's Football Tournament
at the 2018 Asian Games
Tournament details
Host countryIndonesia
Dates10 August – 1 September
Teams25 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions South Korea (5th title)
Runners-up Japan
Third place United Arab Emirates
Fourth place Vietnam
Tournament statistics
Matches played56
Goals scored165 (2.95 per match)
Top scorer(s) Hwang Ui-jo (KOR)
(9 goals)
2014
2022

The men's football tournament at the 2018 Asian Games was held from 10 August to 1 September 2018.[1][2] It was the 17th edition of the men's tournament. In this tournament, 25 teams played in the men's competition. South Korea were the gold medal holders when they won the tournament in 2014.[3][4] They managed to retain their title.

Competition schedule[edit]

The match schedule of the men's tournament was unveiled on 15 February 2018.[1]

G Group stage Round of 16 ¼ Quarter-finals ½ Semi-finals B Bronze medal match F Gold medal match
Fri 10 Sat 11 Sun 12 Mon 13 Tue 14 Wed 15 Thu 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Sun 19 Mon 20 Tue 21 Wed 22 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Sun 26 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Thu 30 Fri 31 Sat 1
G G G G ¼ ½ B F

Venues[edit]

The tournament was held in four venues across four cities.[1] Pakansari Stadium in Cibinong hosted the final at 1 Sep 2018.[5]

Soreang Cibinong Bekasi Cikarang
Jalak Harupat Pakansari Patriot Chandrabhaga Wibawa Mukti
Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 28,778
Jalak Harupat Stadium (2).JPG Pakansari Asian Games 2018.jpg Patriot Stadium Bekasi (cropped).jpg Wibawa Mukti 01.jpg

Squads[edit]

Each nation must submit a squad of 20 players, 17 of whom must be born on or after 1 January 1995, and three of whom can be older dispensation players.

Draw[edit]

The draw for the tournament was held on 5 July 2018 with initially 24 teams involved. The teams were seeded into four pots based on their performances in the previous Asian Games in 2014. The hosts Indonesia were automatically assigned into position A1.[6]

However, the initial draw result was scratched because the UAE and Palestine were omitted,[7][8] so the draw result had to be reconfirmed on 25 July 2018, and the ceremony reopened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 3:00 p.m. local time (7:00 a.m. GMT).[9][10] Palestine were added to Group A and the UAE were added to Group E.

Iraq, which were initially placed in Group C, later withdrew from the tournament. To re-balance the groups so that every group has at least four teams, another re-draw was held on 3 August 2018 to determine which of Palestine or UAE would be moved to Group C to replace Iraq. The UAE were drawn.[11]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 (additional draw)

Group stage[edit]

The top two teams in each group, and the four third-placed teams among six groups advance to the round of 16.[1]

All times are local, WIB (UTC+7).[12]

Tiebreakers[edit]

Teams in a group are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings.[1]

  1. Highest number of points obtained in all group matches;
  2. Highest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Highest number of goals scored from all group matches between the teams concerned;
  5. If two or more teams have equal ranking with the criteria so far, reapply the criteria above only for them. If this re-application gives no more ranking, apply the following criteria.
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Highest number of goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Kicks from the penalty mark only if two (2) teams are involved and they are both on the field of play.
  9. Fewer points of yellow/red cards in all group matches (only one of these deductions shall be applied to a player in a single match):
    • First yellow card: 1 point;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): 3 points;
    • Direct red card: 3 points;
    • Yellow card followed by direct red card: 4 points;
  10. Drawing of lots

Third-placed teams from the three groups are ranked according to the following criteria, after the result against the fifth-placed team of group A are excluded in order to rank them with the same numbers of matches.[1]

  1. Highest number of points obtained in all group matches;
  2. Goal difference in all group matches;
  3. Highest number of goals scored in all group matches;
  4. Fewer points of yellow/red cards in all group matches (only one of these deductions shall be applied to a player in a single match):
    • First yellow card: 1 point;
    • Indirect red card (second yellow card): 3 points;
    • Direct red card: 3 points;
    • Yellow card followed by direct red card: 4 points;
  5. Drawing of lots

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Indonesia (H) 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Palestine 4 2 2 0 5 3 +2 8
3  Hong Kong 4 2 1 1 9 5 +4 7
4  Laos 4 1 0 3 4 8 −4 3
5  Chinese Taipei 4 0 1 3 0 10 −10 1
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Laos 1–3 Hong Kong
Report
Palestine 0–0 Chinese Taipei
Report

Palestine 2–1 Laos
Report
Chinese Taipei 0–4 Indonesia
Report

Hong Kong 4–0 Chinese Taipei
Report
Indonesia 1–2 Palestine
Report

Hong Kong 1–1 Palestine
Report
Laos 0–3 Indonesia
Report

Indonesia 3–1 Hong Kong
Report
Chinese Taipei 0–2 Laos
Report

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Uzbekistan 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Bangladesh 3 1 1 1 2 4 −2 4
3  Thailand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  Qatar 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Uzbekistan 3–0 Bangladesh
Report
Thailand 1–1 Qatar
Report

Bangladesh 1–1 Thailand
Report
Qatar 0–6 Uzbekistan
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Bangladesh 1–0 Qatar
Report
Thailand 0–1 Uzbekistan
Report

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  China 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Syria 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
3  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
4  East Timor 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0
5  Iraq 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew, replaced by UAE[13]
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
China 6–0 East Timor
Report
United Arab Emirates 0–1 Syria
Report

East Timor 1–4 United Arab Emirates
Report
Syria 0–3 China
Report

East Timor 2–5 Syria
Report
United Arab Emirates 1–2 China
Report

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Vietnam 3 3 0 0 6 0 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Japan 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
3  Pakistan 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
4    Nepal 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Vietnam 3–0 Pakistan
Report
Japan 1–0   Nepal
Report

Pakistan 0–4 Japan
Report
Nepal   0–2 Vietnam
Report

Pakistan 2–1   Nepal
Report
Japan 0–1 Vietnam
Report

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Malaysia 3 2 0 1 7 5 +2 6[a] Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6[a]
3  Bahrain 3 1 1 1 5 10 −5 4
4  Kyrgyzstan 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
5  United Arab Emirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Re-drew to Group C
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head result: Malaysia 2–1 South Korea.
Kyrgyzstan 1–3 Malaysia
Report
South Korea 6–0 Bahrain
Report

Bahrain 2–2 Kyrgyzstan
Report
Malaysia 2–1 South Korea
Report

South Korea 1–0 Kyrgyzstan
Report
Malaysia 2–3 Bahrain
Report

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iran 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4 Advance to knockout stage
2  North Korea 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3  Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Myanmar 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Saudi Arabia 0–0 Iran
Report
North Korea 1–1 Myanmar
Jang Kuk-chol Goal 60' Report Maung Maung Lwin Goal 44'

Iran 3–0 North Korea
Report
Myanmar 0–3 Saudi Arabia
Report

Iran 0–2 Myanmar
Report
North Korea 3–0 Saudi Arabia
Report

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

In order to ensure equality when comparing the third-placed team of all groups, the result of the match against the 5th-placed team in Group A was ignored due to the other groups having only four teams.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A  Hong Kong 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4 Advance to knockout stage
2 F  Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3 E  Bahrain 3 1 1 1 5 10 −5 4
4 C  United Arab Emirates 3 1 0 2 5 4 +1 3
5 D  Pakistan 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
6 B  Thailand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: Asian Games 2018
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) fair play points; 5) drawing of lots.

Knockout stage[edit]

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out would be used to decide the winner if necessary, except for the third place match where penalty shoot-out (no extra time) would be used to decide the winner if necessary.[1]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsGold medal match
 
              
 
23 August – Bekasi
 
 
 Palestine0
 
27 August – Bekasi
 
 Syria1
 
 Syria0
 
23 August – Bekasi
 
 Vietnam (a.e.t.)1
 
 Vietnam1
 
29 August – Cibinong
 
 Bahrain0
 
 Vietnam1
 
23 August – Cikarang
 
 South Korea3
 
 Uzbekistan3
 
27 August – Bekasi
 
 Hong Kong0
 
 Uzbekistan3
 
23 August – Cikarang
 
 South Korea (a.e.t.)4
 
 Iran0
 
1 September – Cibinong
 
 South Korea2
 
 South Korea (a.e.t.)2
 
24 August – Bekasi
 
 Japan1
 
 China3
 
27 August – Cibinong
 
 Saudi Arabia4
 
 Saudi Arabia1
 
24 August – Bekasi
 
 Japan2
 
 Malaysia0
 
29 August – Cibinong
 
 Japan1
 
 Japan1
 
24 August – Cikarang
 
 United Arab Emirates0 Bronze medal match
 
 Indonesia2 (3)
 
27 August – Cibinong1 September – Cibinong
 
 United Arab Emirates (p)2 (4)
 
 United Arab Emirates (p)1 (5) Vietnam1 (3)
 
24 August – Cikarang
 
 North Korea1 (3)  United Arab Emirates (p)1 (4)
 
 Bangladesh1
 
 
 North Korea3
 

Round of 16[edit]

Palestine 0–1 Syria
Report

Uzbekistan 3–0 Hong Kong
Report

Vietnam 1–0 Bahrain
Report

Iran 0–2 South Korea
Report

China 3–4 Saudi Arabia
Report


Malaysia 0–1 Japan
Report

Bangladesh 1–3 North Korea
Report

Quarter-finals[edit]

Uzbekistan 3–4 (a.e.t.) South Korea
Report

Saudi Arabia 1–2 Japan
Report

Syria 0–1 (a.e.t.) Vietnam
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

Vietnam 1–3 South Korea
Report

Japan 1–0 United Arab Emirates
Report

Bronze medal match[edit]

Gold medal match[edit]

South Korea 2–1 (a.e.t.) Japan
Report

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 165 goals scored in 56 matches, for an average of 2.95 goals per match.

9 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Final standing[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.
Note: In order to ensure equality, for teams in five-team groups, their match against the fifth-placed teams are excluded when considering the ranking.

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1st, gold medalist(s)  South Korea 7 6 0 1 19 7 +12 18
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Japan 7 5 0 2 10 4 +6 15
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  United Arab Emirates 7 1 3 3 9 9 0 6
4  Vietnam 7 5 1 1 10 4 +6 16
Eliminated in the Quarter-finals
5  Uzbekistan 5 4 0 1 16 4 +12 12
6  Syria 5 3 0 2 7 6 +1 9
7  North Korea 5 2 2 1 8 6 +2 8
8  Saudi Arabia 5 2 1 2 8 8 0 7
Eliminated in the Round of 16
9  China 4 3 0 1 14 5 +9 9
10  Indonesia 5 3 1 1 13 5 +8 10
11  Palestine 5 2 2 1 5 4 +1 8
12  Malaysia 4 2 0 2 7 6 +1 6
13  Iran 4 1 1 2 3 4 –1 4
14  Hong Kong 5 2 1 2 9 8 +1 7
15  Bangladesh 4 1 1 2 3 7 –4 4
16  Bahrain 4 1 1 2 5 11 –6 4
Third place in the group stage
17  Pakistan 3 1 0 2 2 8 −6 3
18  Thailand 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Fourth place in the group stage
19  Myanmar 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
20  Kyrgyzstan 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
21  Qatar 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1
22    Nepal 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0
23  Laos 4 1 0 3 4 8 −4 3
24  East Timor 3 0 0 3 3 15 −12 0
Fifth place in the group stage
25  Chinese Taipei 4 0 1 3 0 10 −10 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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