Qatar fans show they're football crazy ahead of 2022 World Cup

Gharafa vs. Kharaitiyat Qatar Stars League match draws scores of local fans in Doha
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Qatar's football fans showed their loyalty to the game this week when thousands turned up to watch the Gharafa vs. Kharaitiyat match at Al Gharafa Stadium in Doha on Sunday. (Getty Images)
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The Qatar Stars League game was crucial for former champions Al Gharafa, who were counting on a win to help pick up valuable points and the close gap on QSL leaders Lekhwiya and Al Sadd. (Getty Images)
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No goals were scored in the first half of the match. At half time, young fans clamoured a merchant to buy water, sunflower seeds and other refreshments. Female fans were seated in the seperate women's stands. (Getty Images)
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In the second half, Al Gharafa showed intent, attacking Al Kharaitiyat through Faris Ahmed, who curled in a fierce shot that was saved by goalkeeper Khalifa Abu Bakr in the 46th minute. (Getty Images, text: The Peninsula)
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In the 55th minute, Jaycee John also went long range, firing a shot 15 yards from the goalline but his bullet was punched by Al Gharafa goalkeeper Qassim Burhan. (Getty Images, text: The Peninsula)
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Two minutes later, striker John orchestrated another worthwhile move but his pass from close range went waste as no Al Kharaitiyat was present to tap the ball home. (Getty Images, text: The Peninsula)
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In the 67th minute, Onyekachi Okonkwo weaved his way through three defenders but goalkeeper remained alert to stop the bullet from the Al Kharaitiyat midfielder. (Getty Images, text: The Peninsula)
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The match ended in a goalless draw. Al Kharaitiyat fans departed with a sigh of relief. (Getty Images)
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Al Gharafa have just six points from five matches whereas the visitors now have four points from five matches. Lekhwiya lead the points table with 11 points from five matches. (Getty Images, text: The Peninsula)
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The 25,000-capacity stadium (also known as the Thani Bin Jassim Stadium), is the home stadium for the Al Gharafa football team. It is to be renovated in time for the FIFA 2022 World Cup, to have a facade made up the colors of the flags that will have qualified. It will also be expanded to 44,740 to meet World Cup capacity. The modular design of the second tier will allow for easy disassembly once the games come to a conclusion. (Getty Images)