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Boozed-up England fans react to Wales loss in Qatar pub ahead of USA clash

Jake Massey

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Boozed-up England fans react to Wales loss in Qatar pub ahead of USA clash

Boozed-up England fans have been celebrating Wales' loss out in Qatar.

There may be some Brits who want England and Wales to go as far as possible in the World Cup, but there didn't seem to be any England fans rooting for Wales in a pub in Doha.

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Getting hold of a beer out in Qatar is much more difficult than usual in this unprecedented tournament, but evidently - and unsurprisingly - England fans have found a way.

Wales kicked off against Iran at 10am this morning, UK time, and England fans out in the Middle Eastern host nation had already got the session well under way, with England's match against the USA kicking off nine hours later.

The Wales vs Iran match was an edgy affair, with both sides knowing they couldn't afford to lose; but when Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off for a rash challenge, the tie swung in Iran's favour, and they made Wales pay with goals in the 98th and 101st minute of the match.

Their loss - which makes progression to the knockout stages highly unlikely - was greeted with scenes of jubilation and mockery at the Red Lion pub in Doha.

England fans could be seen cheering Iran's win, as well as blaring out renditions of 'Sweet Caroline' and a lyrically adapted version of 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'.

England fans were clearly dismayed for their neighbours. Credit: Twitter/@fantasticmrox
England fans were clearly dismayed for their neighbours. Credit: Twitter/@fantasticmrox

Supporters who made the long journey to Qatar to see Wales' first World Cup appearance in 64 years admitted their side was not good enough against Iran at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.

Many of the Red Wall remained to cheer on their national side after the final whistle and a chorus of 'Yma o Hyd', the team's official World Cup song, rang out as players left the pitch.

Others said they felt for manager Rob Page after witnessing his family in tears at the end of the match.

Despite the 'disappointment' some insisted Wales could still 'smash' England in the third and final game in the group stage.

It was a disappointing defeat for Wales. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
It was a disappointing defeat for Wales. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

England take on the USA in their second group game tonight (Friday 25 November).

The Three Lions got their campaign off to the perfect start, battering Iran 6-2, while USA drew 1-1 with Wales.

A win tonight will secure England's passage to the knockout stages, and manager Gareth Southgate hopes it is just the start of a long run in the competition.

"We feel that we can be competitive for years to come and that has to be the aim really, to have a sustained challenge in the latter stages on the big competitions, we haven't done that for years and years," Southgate said.

"These players are putting our country on the map really. They are regaining our respectability on the world stage and we have got to keep doing that."

Featured Image Credit: Lee Watson/Twitter Fantastic Mr Ox/Twitter

Topics: Football, Sport, World Cup

Jake Massey
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