Norway strikes ‘residence’ World Cup qualifier to impartial Spain


OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway’s nationwide soccer crew will play its first “residence” World Cup qualifying sport at a impartial venue in Spain subsequent month due to journey restrictions associated to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Norwegian soccer federation mentioned Tuesday the sport towards Turkey on March 27 will probably be performed in Malaga as an alternative of Oslo. No followers will probably be allowed to attend.

Norway will start its World Cup qualifying program with a sport at Gibraltar on March 24 earlier than going to Spain to play Turkey three days later. The group additionally consists of the Netherlands.

The change in venue is the primary in European qualifying to be pressured by journey and quarantine guidelines.

In Asia, solely 4 World Cup qualifiers are going forward subsequent month — involving solely eight of the 40 groups nonetheless concerned. The remainder of this system has been postponed to June due to present well being protocols.

FIFA has prolonged exemptions in obligatory launch guidelines amid the pandemic so gamers worldwide could be refused permission by their golf equipment to affix up with nationwide groups.

Norwegian membership Molde performed a Europa League residence sport in Spain final week, internet hosting Hoffenheim in Villarreal. The Spanish soccer federation needed to approve each modifications.


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