World Cup 2022: Three Lions fans belt out anthems at Qatar bar after England THUMP Iran 6-2

Something the English and Welsh can agree on! Britons pack out pubs in London and Cardiff on historic day of football while fans belt out Sweet Caroline at Qatari bar after Three Lions mauled Iran and Wales drew with USA

  • England and Wales fans celebrated a historic day of football after their first match World Cup successes
  • Three Lions fans in Qatar were seen in high spirits after the Three Lions roared to victory 6-2
  • Gareth Southgate’s men brushed aside Iran 6-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Monday
  • And Wales drew 1-1 with the USA in their first World Cup match in more than 60 years 

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England and Wales fans celebrated a historic day of football which saw the Three Lions maul Iran and Wales draw with the USA during their first World Cup matches.

Britons packed out pubs across the country from London to Cardiff to watch the Group B clashes – while MailOnline captured footage of football fans enjoying a booze-up in host nation Qatar and belting anthems including Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline at a bar. 

The DJ also played Baddiel and Skinner’s ‘Three Lions’, which seemed to match the jubilant atmosphere following England’s superb start to the tournament.

England fans celebrate at the fan zone in Waterloo, London, after England thrashed Iran 6-2 in their opening game of the World Cup

England fans celebrate at the fan zone in Waterloo, London, after England thrashed Iran 6-2 in their opening game of the World Cup

Three Lions supporters at the Boxpark Fanzone in Croydon throw beer in the air as they celebrate a goal in the England match

Three Lions supporters at the Boxpark Fanzone in Croydon throw beer in the air as they celebrate a goal in the England match

England fans in the Fanzone at Boxpark in Croydon celebrate a goal during the match with Iran

England fans in the Fanzone at Boxpark in Croydon celebrate a goal during the match with Iran

Supporters sing the national anthem at the fan park in Mayfield Depot, Manchester, ahead of the England's match against Iran

Supporters sing the national anthem at the fan park in Mayfield Depot, Manchester, ahead of the England’s match against Iran 

Supporters at the Mayfield Depot fan park in Manchester celebrate as England score against Iran

Supporters at the Mayfield Depot fan park in Manchester celebrate as England score against Iran

England fans in Manchester sing the national anthem before this afternoon's match with Iran

England fans in Manchester sing the national anthem before this afternoon’s match with Iran

A Three Lions fan walks outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha after England beat Iran 6-2

A Three Lions fan walks outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha after England beat Iran 6-2

England fans display a huge flag with the words 'Hope & Glory' before the match against Iran today

England fans display a huge flag with the words ‘Hope & Glory’ before the match against Iran today

Pictured: Fans of England cheer as they arrive for the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha today

Pictured: Fans of England cheer as they arrive for the FIFA World Cup 2022 group B soccer match between England and Iran at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha today

England fans at Boxpark in Croydon, London, celebrate after the Three Lions go three goals up before half-time

England fans at Boxpark in Croydon, London, celebrate after the Three Lions go three goals up before half-time

A pair of England fans hug each other at Boxpark in Croydon as they watch England score a goal against Iran in the World Cup today

A pair of England fans hug each other at Boxpark in Croydon as they watch England score a goal against Iran in the World Cup today

England fans at Newcastle's Central Park celebrate after the Three Lions score a goal against Iran earlier today

England fans at Newcastle’s Central Park celebrate after the Three Lions score a goal against Iran earlier today

An England fan enjoys herself at the 4TheFans fan park in Manchester during the match with Iran earlier today

An England fan enjoys herself at the 4TheFans fan park in Manchester during the match with Iran earlier today

A Three Lions supporter holds two beers while at the 4TheFans fan park in Manchester yesterday

A Three Lions supporter holds two beers while at the 4TheFans fan park in Manchester yesterday

A Wales fan watches his team take on the United States from a bar in Tenby, South Wales

A Wales fan watches his team take on the United States from a bar in Tenby, South Wales

A fan carries empty plastic beer cups at the Al Bidda Park in Doha during the match between the USA and Wales

A fan carries empty plastic beer cups at the Al Bidda Park in Doha during the match between the USA and Wales

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed in Cardiff during the match between the Dragons and the USA

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed in Cardiff during the match between the Dragons and the USA

Singer Olly Murs and other England fans react to the Three Lions' game against Iran while at BoxPark Wembley yesterday

Singer Olly Murs and other England fans react to the Three Lions’ game against Iran while at BoxPark Wembley yesterday

Olly Murs and Shaun Williamson perform at BoxPark Wembley ahead of a live screening of England's opening World Cup match against Iran

Olly Murs and Shaun Williamson perform at BoxPark Wembley ahead of a live screening of England’s opening World Cup match against Iran

On the pitch Gareth Southgate’s men swatted aside Iran, thumping them 6-2 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha in a dream opening match for Three Lions fans.

Young midfielder Jude Bellingham got the scoring underway with a fine looping header in the 35th minute. This was followed by goals from Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling to put England firmly in control by half-time.

And things got even better in the second half with Arsenal forward Saka, who missed a crucial penalty at Euro 2020, scoring his second in the 62nd minute.

There were moments of concern, with the Iranian’s pulling a goal back in the 65th minute through Mehdi Taremi’s fine finish. However, the four goal lead was restored minutes later when substitute Marcus Rashford scored less than a minute after being introduced.

There would be 14 minutes of injury time at the end of the second half, providing enough time for Jack Grealish to get a sixth for England, and Taremi to get a second for Iran in the shape of a penalty. 

1-0: Jude Bellingham nods home England's first goal against Iran

1-0: Jude Bellingham nods home England’s first goal against Iran

2-0: Arsenal starlet Bukayo Saka then smashed home a shot off the crossbar

3-0: Raheem Sterling then hammered home a volley at the start of 14 minutes of stoppage time

4-0: Saka then grabbed a fourth with an hour on the clock, passing it into the net after a mazy run

4-0: Saka then grabbed a fourth with an hour on the clock, passing it into the net after a mazy run

4-1: Iran's Mehdi Taremi scores his side's opening goal during the World Cup group B match, blasting past Pictkford

4-1: Iran’s Mehdi Taremi scores his side’s opening goal during the World Cup group B match, blasting past Pictkford

5-1: Marcus Rashford calmly slots into the net

5-1: Marcus Rashford calmly slots into the net 

6-1: Jack Grealish of England scores their team's sixth goal. Iran would score a penalty with the last kick of the game

6-1: Jack Grealish of England scores their team’s sixth goal. Iran would score a penalty with the last kick of the game

Well that was a close one! Welsh football fans pack out boozers in Cardiff and Swansea as they celebrate 1-1 draw against the USA in first match of Qatar World Cup

ByJonathan Roseand Vivek Chaudharyand Tom Bedford For Mailonline

Welsh football fans packed out boozers across country in Cardiff and Swansea as they celebrated a 1-1 draw against the USA in the first match of Qatar World Cup. 

Supporters gathered at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff and at the Vale Sports Arena in Penarth wearing sports regalia and proudly flying the Welsh Dragon.  

They faced the USA in their first Group B match, with the Americans hoping to make up for failing to qualify for the last tournament in Russia in 2018. 

Gareth Bale was the toast of his own pub tonight after scoring to earn Wales a draw in their first World Cup for 64 years.

The Elevens Bar in Cardiff city centre went wild when Bale equalised from the penalty spot with 10 minutes to go.

Fans were hugging each other and shouting ‘Bale, Bale’ in the packed bar across the street from Cardiff castle.

Lifelong supporter Dafydd Matthews, of Anglesey, North Wales, said: ‘The atmosphere here is fantastic – there’s no better place to watch Wales than Gareth Bale’s pub.

Welsh football fans packed out boozers across country in Cardiff and Swansea as they celebrated a 1-1 draw against the USA in the first match of Qatar World Cup

Welsh football fans packed out boozers across country in Cardiff and Swansea as they celebrated a 1-1 draw against the USA in the first match of Qatar World Cup

Fans were looking gloomy when the USA scored in the first half, but Wales levelled eight minutes from time when Tim Ream went through the back of Bale

Fans were looking gloomy when the USA scored in the first half, but Wales levelled eight minutes from time when Tim Ream went through the back of Bale

Bale got up to keep his nerve and slam his 41st Wales goal past Turner from the penalty spot

Bale got up to keep his nerve and slam his 41st Wales goal past Turner from the penalty spot

Wales football fans watch Wales' opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff

Wales football fans watch Wales’ opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff

Gareth Bale was the toast of his own pub tonight after scoring to earn Wales a draw in their first World Cup for 64 years

Gareth Bale was the toast of his own pub tonight after scoring to earn Wales a draw in their first World Cup for 64 years

They are facing off against the USA in their first Group B match, with the Americans hoping to make up for failing to qualify for the last tournament in Russia in 2018

They are facing off against the USA in their first Group B match, with the Americans hoping to make up for failing to qualify for the last tournament in Russia in 2018

Wales football fans watch Wales' opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff

Wales football fans watch Wales’ opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff

Wales fans sing at the Vale Sports Centre in Penarth ahead of the Wales v USA. The Welsh team is in Group B, with the USA, England and Iran

Wales fans sing at the Vale Sports Centre in Penarth ahead of the Wales v USA. The Welsh team is in Group B, with the USA, England and Iran

Wales failed to lay a glove on the United States in a one-sided first half and were relieved to get to the interval just one goal down

Wales failed to lay a glove on the United States in a one-sided first half and were relieved to get to the interval just one goal down

Welsh frustration was summed up by a booking for Bale, who was shown the yellow card for bringing down Yunus Musah five minutes before half-time

Welsh frustration was summed up by a booking for Bale, who was shown the yellow card for bringing down Yunus Musah five minutes before half-time

Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff. Pictured here are Wales fans reacting after the first USA goal

Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff. Pictured here are Wales fans reacting after the first USA goal

United States winger Timothy Weah scored with a finish his illustrious father would have been proud of to give his side a deserved 1-0 halftime lead over Wales in their World Cup Group B clash at a raucous Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Monday

United States winger Timothy Weah scored with a finish his illustrious father would have been proud of to give his side a deserved 1-0 halftime lead over Wales in their World Cup Group B clash at a raucous Ahmad bin Ali Stadium on Monday

‘You couldn’t hear yourself think when the penalty went in. It’s only a draw but I’ll take that.’

Fan Ieuan Thomas, 66, of Cardiff, said: ‘I came to Gareth Bale’s pub because I thought it would be a lucky place to watch the game.’

‘I was two the last time we qualified for the World Cup – I’m a pensioner now and this is something new and fantastic for me.’

‘I came to Gareth Bale’s pub because I thought it would be a lucky place to watch the game.’

The Wales team celebrated with fans at Bale’s Elevens Bar when they qualified for the tournament in June, the first time they have reached the finals since 1958.

The top floor of Elevens was fully booked weeks ago and some of punters were Gareth’s friends who couldn’t make the trip to Qatar.

The son of former World Player of the Year George Weah timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap, before collecting a beautifully weighted pass from Christian Pulisic and slipping the ball past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after 36 minutes

The son of former World Player of the Year George Weah timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap, before collecting a beautifully weighted pass from Christian Pulisic and slipping the ball past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after 36 minutes

Supporters gathered at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff and at the Vale Sports Arena in Penarth wearing regalia and proudly flying the Welsh Dragon

Supporters gathered at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff and at the Vale Sports Arena in Penarth wearing regalia and proudly flying the Welsh Dragon

The vociferous Welsh fans will be hoping their team can perform a repeat of their Euro 2016 heroics, where they surprised many to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament

The vociferous Welsh fans will be hoping their team can perform a repeat of their Euro 2016 heroics, where they surprised many to make it to the semi-finals of the tournament

USA fans take shots before the USA vs Wales World Cup football game at Bierhaus NYC, Manhattan, New York

USA fans take shots before the USA vs Wales World Cup football game at Bierhaus NYC, Manhattan, New York

Wales football fans watch Wales' opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens

Wales football fans watch Wales’ opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens

Wales football fans react to the USA scoring the first goal in Wales' opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens

Wales football fans react to the USA scoring the first goal in Wales’ opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens

Wales fans sing at the Vale Sports Centre ahead of the Wales v USA FIFA World Cup 2022 game

Wales fans sing at the Vale Sports Centre ahead of the Wales v USA FIFA World Cup 2022 game

Wales supporters cheer on prior to kick off in Swansea

Wales supporters cheer on prior to kick off in Swansea

Fans react as they watch on a big screen at the Vale Sports Centre as Wales play USA

Fans react as they watch on a big screen at the Vale Sports Centre as Wales play USA

Three thousand football supporters will gather at the FanPark to watch the Wales v USA FIFA World Cup football game ion Swansea

Three thousand football supporters will gather at the FanPark to watch the Wales v USA FIFA World Cup football game ion Swansea

Wales football fans watch Wales' opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens

Wales football fans watch Wales’ opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA at Elevens

They face stiff competition to make it out of Group B, which as well as containing the US, holds England and Iran. England saw off the Iranians with a comfortable 6-2 victory earlier today

They face stiff competition to make it out of Group B, which as well as containing the US, holds England and Iran. England saw off the Iranians with a comfortable 6-2 victory earlier today

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed, Cardiff, during a screening of the clash in Qatar

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed, Cardiff, during a screening of the clash in Qatar

USA fans celebrate as they take the lead 1-0 in the USA vs Wales World Cup football game

USA fans celebrate as they take the lead 1-0 in the USA vs Wales World Cup football game

But the ground floor of the sports bar, which teetotaller Bale opened in 2017, was rammed with fans cheering on Wales against the USA.

There were outbreaks of Yma o Hyd, the Welsh language folk song which translates as ‘We’re Still Here,’ which has become the official anthem of the Wales squad in Qatar.

Manager Lee Cleaver, 50, said: ‘I’m delighted Gareth got a goal it was touch and go for most of the match.

‘He calls in when he’s home but he’s not hands on – he’s a busy man.’

Meanwhile in Merthyr Tydfil the New Crown pub was enticing customers with an online advertisement saying: ‘Don’t go to Qatar, come to the New Crown, the beer is cheaper and you definitely won’t go to prison for singing too loud.’

Fans watch on a big screen at the Vale Sports Centre as a fan with a bucket hat holds his head in his hands

Fans watch on a big screen at the Vale Sports Centre as a fan with a bucket hat holds his head in his hands

Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff

Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed, Cardiff, during a screening of the FIFA World Cup Group B match between USA and Wales

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed, Cardiff, during a screening of the FIFA World Cup Group B match between USA and Wales

Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff

Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff

Welsh football supporters go crazy after Gareth Bale finds the back of the net from the penalty spot

Welsh football supporters go crazy after Gareth Bale finds the back of the net from the penalty spot

Fans watch on a big screen at the Vale Sports Centre as one supporter puts his hand over his mouth following a goal by the US team

Fans watch on a big screen at the Vale Sports Centre as one supporter puts his hand over his mouth following a goal by the US team

Upset Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff

Upset Wales Fans watch the team in play in their opening game of the Fifa World Cup at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff

Fans in New York celebrate in Hendrickson's bar after Timothy Weah of the US scores their first goal

Fans in New York celebrate in Hendrickson’s bar after Timothy Weah of the US scores their first goal

In Swansea’s Singleton Park a big top tent with a 3,000 capacity was ‘bouncing’ before kick off with many fans taking the day or afternoon off work to get a good seat.

Wales supporters, many in red yellow and green bucket hats, could pre-order beer and popcorn for £35 per table of up to eight or £80 for prosecco and popcorn.

Swansea is staging one of four FanParks in Europe along with Liverpool, Oslo, and Alicante.

The company behind the big screen event said: ‘Our goal is to create inclusive and feel-good events bringing people from different cultures together.’

Wales and Swansea City fan Callum Bryant, 27, said: ‘We needed some joy and something to celebrate. Our rugby team has gone down the pan and people are struggling financially.

‘It’s a draw but we looked like losing so we are still in with a good chance of qualifying.’

Wales football fans react to the USA scoring the first goal at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff

Wales football fans react to the USA scoring the first goal at Elevens, the bar owned by Gareth Bale, in Cardiff

Despite being cheered on by a vociferous army of travelling fans in Qatar, the Welsh have fallen behind against the Yanks after a first half dominated by the team from across the Atlantic

Despite being cheered on by a vociferous army of travelling fans in Qatar, the Welsh have fallen behind against the Yanks after a first half dominated by the team from across the Atlantic

A goal by winger Timothy Weah in the 36th minutes after he was put clear by Chelsea star Christian Pulisic separates the sides at half-time, and gives Wales a hill to climb in the second half

A goal by winger Timothy Weah in the 36th minutes after he was put clear by Chelsea star Christian Pulisic separates the sides at half-time, and gives Wales a hill to climb in the second half

In Wales fans watching the game on big screens in places such as Cardiff and Swansea held their heads in their hands as their team conceded, while there was jubilation among US supporters

In Wales fans watching the game on big screens in places such as Cardiff and Swansea held their heads in their hands as their team conceded, while there was jubilation among US supporters

Thousands of Wales fans have travelled to the Middle East to show their support for the team managed by Rob Page and led by talismanic captain Gareth Bale, while the US will be hoping to make up for failing to qualify for the last tournament in Russia in 2018

Thousands of Wales fans have travelled to the Middle East to show their support for the team managed by Rob Page and led by talismanic captain Gareth Bale, while the US will be hoping to make up for failing to qualify for the last tournament in Russia in 2018

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed, Cardiff, during a screening of the FIFA World Cup Group B match

Wales fans at the 4TheFans Fan Park at The Tramshed, Cardiff, during a screening of the FIFA World Cup Group B match

Wales fans sang themselves hoarse but it was not for their team to get off to a winning start in the Qatar World Cup.

Following a 1-1 draw with the US, Wales fans beamed with pride at the team’s first appearance in a World Cup since 1958.

Philip Marshall, 54 from Swansea said: ‘I’m very proud of the lads and happy that I witnessed this historic occasion.

‘I was in two minds about coming but we’ve had a great day and I’m glad I made the effort.

Andre Hough, 26 from Swansea said: ‘It was a fair result and a great occasion. As usual, the Wales fans were magnificent and our team fought hard for a draw.’

Hugh Jones, 39 from Wrexham said: ‘I’ve only come for this match and it’s cost me about £2,000. It’s a lot of money but it’s worth it.

‘I wanted to be here to see Wales in a World Cup. You never know when it might happen again.’

Hywel Emory’s, 66 from Cardiff said: ‘It’s been fantastic. I almost broke down in tears singing our national anthem.

‘I had a few drinks before the match and now I’ll have some more.’

Wales football fans celebrate Gareth Bale's penalty to make the score 1-1 during Wales' opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA

Wales football fans celebrate Gareth Bale’s penalty to make the score 1-1 during Wales’ opening FIFA World Cup 2022 match against the USA

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