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China women's national football team will play both Olympics play-offs on foreign soil due to the coronavirus outbreak

China women's national football team will play both Olympics play-offs on foreign soil due to the coronavirus outbreak

The Steel Roses will not have the home advantage in either leg of the tie with Korea Republic in the last round of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers owing to the concern of coronavirus in China.

China women’s national team have performed well in the third round of the Olympics Qualifiers in early February 2020 with devastating 6-1, 5-0 wins over Thailand and Chinese Taipei respectively, along with a difficult draw in the last match against Australia.

These good results helped the Chinese women to finish at second place, after Australia due to goal differences and qualified for the play-offs to compete for one of the two remaining Asian spots in the 2020 Olympics besides the host country Japan.

In the matter of fact, the third qualification round was originally planned to take place in Wuhan, China but also eventually shifted to Australia because of COVID-19 pandemic’s severe nature.

And in the play-offs, China will once again be unable to have home fans’ support when they take on Korea Republic. The first leg will happen in March 6 in The Land of the Morning Calm and the second one’s venue outside China is being set up by the Chinese Football Association (CFA).

There have been links for the game to take place in Japan but the initiative failed as the country’s government has prohibited Chinese citizens from Hubei and Zhejiang provinces, which are the hometowns of some members in the Chinese squad, to enter Japan.

The CFA is rapidly searching for other alternative locations to play the match.