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Tridents, Dominican Republic football match to be played behind closed doors


Tridents, Dominican Republic football match to be played behind closed doors
The Dominican Republic vs Barbados match is to be played behind closed doors. (AG-B)

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It will be an even playing field tomorrow as Barbados battle against the Dominican Republic at the Felix Sanchez Stadium here in Santo Domingo with kick-off set for 7 p.m. local time.

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions and a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed by Government, the match is set to be played behind closed doors following a rise in cases within the last two days.

“The Dominican soccer federation informs that in compliance with the sanitary measures imposed by the national government due to the increase of COVID- 19 infections in the country, the match of the Concacaf 2022 World Cup qualifiers between the national teams of the Dominican Republic and Barbados, will be held without access to the public, communicators or representatives of the media,” a statement from the Dominican Republic Football Association said.

Members of the senior national football team along with staff members all returned negative COVID-19 tests today.

The Tridents ranked 162 are currently in third position in Group D with three points from two games sitting just behind leaders Panama who they lost 1-0 to in March and No.152 ranked Dominican Republic. Barbados have never defeated Dominican Republic, losing 2-0 in 2016 and 1-0 in 2012. Barbados will also play Dominica on June 8.

Two wins and a couple of favourable results in could help the team advance to the next round of the competition in their bid to qualify for a first FIFA World Cup. (AGB)