Australia manager Graham Arnold has asked the New South Wales government to allow fans to watch Saudi Arabia’s match in Sydney next month in qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Australia was forced to play 11 of 12 qualifying matches outside their homeland after closing borders to non-residents in the country, with a 14-day quarantine in a hotel imposed on returnees as part of stringent measures to combat the emerging coronavirus outbreak “Covid-19”.
Arnold said fans helped Japan win 2-1 in Saitama on Tuesday, ending Australia’s perfect streak of 11 straight wins.
He told ai media Australians today, Wednesday: “I seek the support of the NSW government and ask them to help us on our journey to the World Cup. Allow the presence of the fans at the stadium.
He continued: We have seen the difference that has occurred in Great Britain and in around the world, after 80% of people received the vaccine and the masses are back at full capacity again.
Australia’s last home game was two years ago when they defeated Nepal 5-0 in the second qualifying round.
Australia are second in Group B, three points behind Saudi Arabia, which they face on 11 November, while Japan and Oman are three points behind Australia.
The prime two teams from the two groups will directly qualify for the finals in Qatar, while the two third-placed teams will meet in an Asian playoff to determine the team that will compete in the international playoffs.
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