World Cup LIVE: FIFA takes another U-turn as Wales fans party

The second round of group play begins today at the World Cup in Qatar, with Wales and England in action. Wales began their tournament by drawing 1-1 with the USA courtesy of a Gareth Bale penalty on Monday, with England defeating Iran 6-2 hours earlier.

The World Cup has been overshadowed by U-turns from FIFA and host Qatar, with fans not allowed to buy alcohol in stadiums and teams not allowed to wear the OneLove armband. FIFA has now been accused of a “sinister abuse of power” by Kick It Out boss Sanjay Bhandari. But world soccer’s governing body has at least told World Cup venues that they must now allow fans to wear rainbow bucket hats and carry rainbow flags into stadiums.

Yesterday was another emphatic day of action on the pitch as Cristiano Ronaldo scored during Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana. And Richarlison also bagged a brace, one of which was an impressive scissor kick, as Brazil kicked off their World Cup campaign by beating Serbia 2-0.

After Wales go head-to-head with Iran at 10am, hosts Qatar take on Senegal at 1pm The Netherlands take on Ecuador at 16pm, before Gareth Southgate’s England go looking of the victory against the United States in the last clash of the day at 7:00 p.m.

Follow live updates from Express Sport throughout the day below.

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