Originally Posted by Burgey
You justify it because the tourney has moved to a different phase.
In the 1998 Football WC two teams did not lose a single match in thw wholte tourney. One team, Les Frogs, won the tourney. The other, Australia, didn't even make the final as they drew 2-2 at home in the last qualifying match vs Iran.
There was much gnashing of teeth here I can.tell you, but they were the rules, and every team knew what it had to do to qualify before they started.
It's not always fun, but them's the rules.
The difference is that in football, there are 3 results possible, win, draw or loss.
Out of curiousity, did any team which qualified at their expense had a lower win rate than Australia at the point of latter's exit?