The culmination of the group stages in the 132nd iteration of the Durand Cup is approaching. At this point, three squads have solidified their spots in the quarters as leaders of their respective groups according to the Durand Cup 2023 points tally, while the remaining five positions remain undecided. Once all eight teams are determined, a distinct draw will take place to establish the fixture list for the upcoming Durand Cup quarterfinals. Let’s take a look at the teams qualified for the 2023 Durand Cup Quarterfinals so far and the teams fighting for qualification.
- Chennaiyin FC
- FC Goa
- East Bengal FC
Teams fighting for qualification
1. Mohun Bagan: 6 points from 3 matches
2. Northeast United: 4 points from 2 matches
3. Odisha/Rajasthan: 3 points from 2 matches (each)
4. Mohammedan/Jamshedpur: 3 points from 2 matches (each)
5. Delhi: 2 points from 2 matches
6. Hyderabad: 1 point from 2 matches
7. Bengaluru: 1 point from 1 match
8. Kerala Blasters: 0 points from 1 match
East Bengal’s unexpected performance led them to victory in the Kolkata derby and allowed them to take the lead with a total of 7 points. On the other hand, Mohun Bagan, who have completed all of their matches, are highly likely to advance as one of the top second-placed teams. Their impressive goal difference of +6 implies that competing teams in different groups would require significant victories to surpass their position.
Mumbai City FC, having emerged victorious in both of their matches, are just one point shy of securing their qualification. The contest for the second position will unfold between Mohammedan Sporting and Jamshedpur FC, both of whom have accumulated 3 points from their first 2 matches. Nevertheless, their unfavorable goal difference implies that they must secure a victory by a margin of more than seven goals in their final group match to advance to the quarter-finals.
Gokulam Kerala stands as the frontrunners in Group C, having secured 6 points across 2 matches. However, the outcome of the forthcoming clash between Bengaluru FC and Kerala Blasters holds the potential to introduce an unexpected twist to this group’s dynamics. Should Bengaluru FC emerge victorious, the path could open for them to clinch the group leadership and secure automatic qualification, provided they also triumph in their final encounter against Gokulam. Conversely, if Kerala Blasters manage to secure a win, they too have the opportunity to advance as the second-placed team, contingent upon achieving a goal difference of 7 in their remaining 2 matches.
FC Goa has secured their spot in the next stage, while NorthEast United FC stands as the clear frontrunner to advance to the quarterfinals from this particular group. For NorthEast United to progress, they must secure a victory in their final group match against Downtown Heroes, allowing both squads to move forward.
Chennaiyin FC has successfully advanced to the knockout stage, accumulating six points from their initial two matches. None of the teams in Group E possess an opportunity to proceed to the next stage.
Army Red, the lone representative from the Army with a shot at advancing to the quarter-finals, faces another challenge in the form of a match against Rajasthan United FC. Securing victory in this game will guarantee Army Red’s place in the next round. Alternatively, a loss would set the stage for a three-way competition in the group, involving Army Red, Rajasthan United, and Odisha FC.