FIFA Club World Cup is about to start next week. The last berth from Conmebol finally was secured by Palmeiras after they defeat Santos l-0. A late header from Breno Lopes taking advantage of Rony’s long cross was the one that made the difference in the game. It was a tight affair and Santos had slightly more chances. Fortunately, Palmeiras defence led by the skipper Gustavo Gomez was solid. It is their second title for them and they shall get ready for the delayed FIFA Club World Cup 2020. Abel Ferreira’s men are awaiting the winner between the CONCACAF Champions, Tigres UNL of Mexico and AFC Asian Champions League winner, Hyundai Ulsan of South Korea in Education City Stadium. Weverton and Co are expected to play on the 7th of February. If all is well, the Brasilian side will be facing off the winner of another semifinal between Bayern Munich and Al-Ahly/Al-Duhail, which will be held one day earlier than their matchday, in the final on the 11th.
Beside the secured last berth, the tournament is set the allowance to have a limited number of fans at the stadium, about 30 % of the full capacity of the venue. It was already confirmed that following Qatari government’s approval for the allowing fans to the matches, there are a number of rules need to be modified. One of the crucial ones is that the allowed fans are restricted to the local spectators. Moreover, it is understood that they have to provide wear mask all the time in or surrounding venue area,to provide the necessary additional documents such as showing either a negative COVID-19 test, a positive COVID-19 antibody test or a full record on vaccination before the entry.
The allowing fans policy here could be a pilot project to see how succesfully it will be imposed without rising the case of covid-19 contraction. Should it go well, then it could be applied in Euro next summer which is still undecided on that issue yet.