Soccer-AFC confirms Doha as venue for Australia, Iraq qualifiers


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Asia Qualifiers - Group B - Australia v China - Khalifa Stadium, Doha, Qatar - September 2, 2021 General view outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari/File Photo

(Reuters) - 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 Oct. 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 Oct. 7 matches would take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar's capital, the region's football governing body said in a statement https://www.the-afc.com/competitions/fifa-world-cup/latest/news/latest-update-on-the-afc-asian-qualifiers-road-to-qatartm-x8540.

Australia lead Group B with six points while Iraq are 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.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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