Doha used as venue for Australia, Iraq qualifiers: AFC

Asian Football Confederation confirms Doha as venue for Australia and Iraq World Cup 2022 qualifiers
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28 September, 2021
The Asian Football Confederation confirmed that Doha will be used as a venue for Australia and Iraq's World Cup qualifiers due to Covid-19 restrictions and security issues meaning games can't be played at home.
Games are not being played in Iraq due to security issues [source: Getty]

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Tuesday that Australia and Iraq will continue to play "home" qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup at neutral venues, with Doha confirmed for the October 7 games against Oman and Lebanon.

Australia are unable to host qualifiers due to the country's strict Covid-19 quarantine regime, while the AFC moved Iraq's home game against Iran to Doha last month due to the security situation.

The October 7 matches would take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar's capital, the region's football governing body said in a statement. 

Australia lead Group B with six points while Iraq is at the bottom of Group A with a point from two matches. Only the top two teams from both groups are guaranteed a spot at the World Cup finals.

Australia plays Oman on October 7 and Iraq plays Lebanon. 

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