Liverpool matches moved, Khalifa Stadium to host FIFA Club World Cup final

Sajith B Warrier

Bengaluru/Doha, December 7: Liverpool's two FIFA Club World Cup matches have been moved from Al Rayyan to Doha after the game's global governing body was forced to switch the venue for the final.

The new Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan was scheduled to host the UEFA Champions League winners in a semifinal on December 18, in addition to the final and third-place play-off ties on December 21.

But the official opening of the 40,000-seat venue has been delayed until 2020 after FIFA failed to complete the relevant test events on time.

The matches have now been moved to the Khalifa International Stadium, which will now host five games in total.

The Khalifa International Stadium, which will host matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is also the home of Al Annabi -- the Qatar national team.

"Construction at Education City Stadium is complete and the venue is now operational," read a FIFA statement.

"However, the necessary certification process took longer than expected and therefore the stadium was unable to host the required test events prior to the semifinal and final of the FIFA Club World Cup at full capacity.

"The priority is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all fans so it was decided to open the stadium at a later date."

Liverpool said club officials would visit Qatar in the coming days to inspect Khalifa International Stadium, "as per our protocols".

The FIFA Club World Cup will start on December 11, when Qatar Stars League champions and Barcelona legend Xavi's Al Sadd take on Oceania Champions League winners Hienghene Sport at Doha's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium.

(With inputs from Agencies/local media)

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