World Cup: Wales fans quietly confident ahead of Iran match

For many Wales fans, Monday was among the best days of their lives – and they are ready to do it all over again.

There will be up to 6,000 fans in the stadium, double the pre-tournament estimates, for Wales’ World Cup game against Iran at 10:00 GMT on Friday.

The raw emotion of Monday’s draw against the USA has turned to cautious optimism among fans.

However, for many Iranians in Wales the game will be played against a backdrop of unrest in their home nation.

With a much earlier kick-off, 13:00 local time, fingernails will have less time to be bitten than they did for the opening draw against the USA.

Schoolchildren in Wales will able to watch the match after the Welsh government told schools they could cancel lessons to show the game.

In Doha, it is among the bustling Souq Waqif market stalls that Wales fans are in a relaxed mood among supporters bringing their different colours and songs from around the world.

Among them is the family of Wales midfielder Tom Lockyer, who did…

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