The equation is simple for the Joeys: win and give yourselves a chance to qualify for the Round of 16. Draw and face an anxious wait, or lose and pack your bags for a long trip home.
That’s the scenario that Australia’s U-17 national football team finds themselves in heading into their final Group C match at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Argentina on Sunday morning at 9.00am [AEDT].
The top-two placed teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Round of 16, while the best four third-placed teams from across the six groups will also advance.
The only result that will guarantee the Joeys passage into the Round of 16 - at this stage - is a win by two goals, and without receiving more than five FIFA Fair Play Points [a negative number calculated by amassed yellow and red cards].
Any win will see the Joeys finish Group C in at least third spot on four points, but qualifying for the Round of 16 will depend on results in other matches, goal differences, and FIFA Fair Play Points.
A draw will see the Joeys finish on two points, but even that could be enough if Russia defeat South Africa, and Costa Rica defeat Korea DPR in Group E, or France defeat Syria, and Paraguay defeat New Zealand in Group F.
It could be an anxious wait for the Joeys, with the final group stage matches to be completed by 11.00am on Monday, 26 October (AEDT).
The Joeys take on Argentina at 9.00am on Sunday morning [AEDT]. Coverage starts at 8.45am, live and exclusive on SBS ONE.
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