When Canada lost to Honduras, it seems like we only have a mathematical chance to advance. And it feels like the winter is coming sooo early. BUT, for guys who can not sleep tonight and those who are thinking about jumping out of the bandwagon, I have a real magic story that happened in real soccer world to pump you up!
In Asia qualifier, 8 groups of five countries compete for last qualifying round (12 byes). First of every group clinches for one bye automatically, and the four best second rank teams will advance as well (points, goal difference, goals scored). Before the last group match, China need to get 3 more points for second spot in the group when they host Qatar who has already locked the 1st position. Beside beating the mighty Qatar, they need SOME help from at least 3 out of 5 other group matches.
1. Jordan lose or draw in Australia
2. North Korea lost or draw in Philippines
3. Omen can not win in Iran by 5 goal difference.
4. UAE lose the home game to Saudi Arabia
5. Iraq draw or lose to Vietnam at a neutral game venue
It turns out that Chinese helped themselves and got all the help they needed.
China 2:0 Qatar, Jordan 1:5 Australia, N.Korea 2:3 Philippines, Oman 0:2 Iran, UAE 1:1 Saudi Arabia, Iraq 1:0 Vietnam
China advanced as the forth (and the last) best second rank team! (March 2016)
So......is it doable for Canada?
(I am borrowing the post from "Cansuffer" Thanks )
***4-0 WIN at Vancouver and 1-0 Honduras loss would see us through!!!***
Correct. In this scenario. We'd still be tied with Honduras on GD at -1 and we would end up winning all the way down at tie-breaker #7 away goals (James' header in the first half!). However, change the above scenario to 4-0 win and 2-1 Honduras loss, and Honduras goes thru on tie-breaker #3 goals scored
At least that's the way I read it ....
Tie Breakers (from Wikipedia)
Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
Points in matches between tied teams
Goal difference in matches between tied teams
Goals scored in matches between tied teams
Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams)
Play-off match(es) on neutral ground (if approved by FIFA Organizing Committee), with extra time and penalty shoot-out if necessary
GO CANADA GO!