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Cheering banned as South Korea, China finally battle for Tokyo Games
- Updated: April 7, 2021
SHANGHAI: After repeated postponements stretching back more than a year because of COVID-19, South Korea and China’s women’s football teams will finally meet on Thursday (Apr 8) for a last-ditch spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
The first leg takes place in Goyang, South Korea, and the return fixture is on Apr 13 in the Chinese city of Suzhou, with a place in this summer’s delayed 2020 Games up for grabs.
The Olympic qualifier was first scheduled for March last year but became an early victim of the pandemic, and has been postponed three times.
When the Asian rivals belatedly clash they will do so with COVID-19 still hanging heavy over the tie.
The Chinese squad landed in South Korea this week dressed in full protective bodysuits, complete with goggles, gloves and masks.
And while the first leg at Goyang Stadium, near Seoul, is open to some spectators, the limited number of fans allowed in have been told not to eat or shout in an attempt to contain infections.