At the 2022 International Football Federation Qatar World Cup, the Asian Football Confederation countries' propaganda stands out.

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Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina, and Japan defeated Germany. All of the 'protagonists' in this tournament were AFC member countries.

Saudi Arabia in Group C and Japan in Group E were expected to have difficulty advancing to the round of 16 even before the opening of the tournament.

Major foreign betting companies such as William Hill and Ladbrooks are predicting that the two countries' chances of advancing to the round of 16 are very high.

In particular, Japan meets Costa Rica in the second game on the 27th, and Costa Rica lost 0-7 in the first game against Spain, and the team atmosphere has subsided.

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Prior to the opening of the tournament, Group E, with Germany and Spain in Group E, was called the 'Group of Death'.

In addition, Korea, which drew 0-0 with Uruguay in the first match of Group H, and Iran, which beat Wales 2-0 in Group B, are raising the possibility of advancing to the round of 16, and for the first time in World Cup history, four AFC member countries may advance to the round of 16. situation.

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Until the 2018 tournament, the record for the most AFC member countries to advance to the round of 16 in the World Cup is the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and the 2010 South Africa tournament.

Both Korea and Japan advanced to the round of 16 together.

Looking at the recent record, only Japan reached the round of 16 in Russia in 2018, and no Asian country reached the round of 16 in Brazil in 2014.

In this tournament, 6 countries with the highest number of AFC members came out, and among them, Qatar, the host country, has already been eliminated.

Australia in Group D lost heavily to France 1-4 in the first match, but depending on the results of the second and third matches, we can expect a turnaround.

Iran also finished second in the group with a 2-0 win over Wales in the second match, despite a 2-6 loss to England in the first match.

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