In what is a crucial match for both Group 1 teams, scores of Australian fans are expected in town for what will be the first ever clash between the two teams on Qatar soil.
Nearly 1,000 fans watched Australia take on Iraq in their FIFA World Cup qualifier in Dubai last week and a large number is expected when Socceroos play Qatar at the Al Stadium on Saturday.
“We are hoping that as many Australians as possible living locally in Doha will come along and support the team on Saturday night at the Al Sadd Stadium,” Bonita Mersiades of Football Federation Australia (FFA), told The Peninsula yesterday.
by RIZWAN REHMAT
“The Socceroos really need a positive result to get through to the next round of World Cup qualification, I hope to see good support for the Australian team,” Mersiades added, who estimated that nearly 1,000 fans turned out to support the Socceroos during their 0-1 loss to Iraq last Saturday.
Australia and Qatar are joint leaders of Group 1. China and Iraq are the other two teams in the Group. The forthcoming clash is second between the teams following Australia’s comprehensive 3-0 victory in the match played at Telstra Dome in Melbourne on February 6.
The June 14 match is to be played at Al Sadd Stadium, an exact replica of Old Trafford, which also played host to Qatar’s World Cup qualifier against China on February 2. Kick-off has been fixed for 7pm.
Qatar Football Association (QFA) has assured at least 800 seats for Australian fans at Al Sadd Stadium. A special ticket booth has also been created to facilitate the Australian fans who should approach gate number five for entry at Al Sadd Stadium.
Entry to the match venue is free.
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