South Korea’s attainment of the round of 16 of the World Cup Qatar 2022 gave the Asian continent a record achieved for the first time in the history of the tournament, with the presence of 3 teams from the yellow continent in the knockout rounds.
South Korea was able to qualify for the next round after its deadly victory over Portugal, with two goals to one, in the final round of Group H competitions.
The Korean team finished second, with 4 points, behind Portugal, which took the lead with 6 points, by defeating Ghana (3-2) and Uruguay (2-0) in the first and second rounds.
Australia was the first Asian qualifier, coming second in Group D, with 6 points, after France, which has the same balance, but is superior by goal difference.
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Japan caused the biggest surprise by topping Group E with 6 points, which it won from two victories over Germany and Spain, with two goals to one in the two matches.
6 Asian teams (Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, South Korea) qualified for the current finals, in an achievement that also happens for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
The Iranian team failed to pass the first round by coming third in the second group, as well as the Qatari and Saudi teams, who finished fourth in the first and third groups.