Fast Midfielder wrote:Going back to my earlier point, I'd say that was more 'very cheap defeats' for Brazil than cheap wins for the others. They entered a senior-level tournament and should be treated like that for the duration of their stay no matter who they put on the pitch. If a club in the Champions League puts out a youth squad for a dead rubber game and loses they can't just turn around and claim the result doesn't count towards their co-efficient.
Regarding Brazil. As they fielded an U-20 (some even say U-17) both
Estonia and Finland got very cheap wins against Brazil for their records
if these matches were count as A.
Where I come from they call it very cheap wins
as the wins were got much more easier as if these teams would have played against Brazil's full national team. In case of defeats we are used to say very costly defeats
as you pay something as a price for it. So this may explain why we name the same things different. Apart from this I think I get your point. Regarding the Brazil squad, the U-20's (or even U-17s?) were part of the same squad. Just like at the World Cup or Continental matches where some nations field in their final group match their reserves to save some players.