FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Day 6: Live updates, scores, news, results, Wales vs Iran, Qatar vs Senegal, Netherlands vs Ecuador, England vs USA

The action continues in Qatar after two World Cup contenders have left their mark on the course of Day 5.

There are some tantalizing matches on the agenda, with England set to take the field as hopes begin to grow again among fans.

In Group A, the Netherlands will take on Ecuador, with the winner assured of exiting the group stage and progressing to the knockout rounds.

In Group B, Wales will be looking to crush Iran’s dreams of progress and will hope England can repay the favor and settle things against the US.

A win for England and they’ll secure their place in the knockout rounds.

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9pm (AEDT) – Wild scenes during the Iranian national anthem

During Iran’s opening match of the 2022 World Cup, the playing group did not participate as the country’s national anthem blared through the stadium.

On Friday, before their game against Wales kicked off, the team joined in, but fans in the stands unleashed a chorus of boos.

The sound of the Iranian supporters almost drowned out the loudspeakers as the whistling and jeering reached incredible levels.

As cameras panned around the stadium, two fans were spotted in the middle of the national anthem being played.

The Iranian players stood unmoved during their national anthem ahead of their 6-2 defeat to England on Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-government protesters in the Islamic Republic.

Many felt that Friday’s showing was a forced effort rather than in the national spirit.

An Iranian official issued a chilling threat to the players if they continued to disapprove of the national anthem after their first match.

Mehdi Chamran, former head of Iranian intelligence and now a senior politician, warned of punishment for the team.

Chamran – a conservative hardliner who is now the head of Tehran’s city council – said: “We will never allow anyone to insult our national anthem and our flag.

“Iranian civilization has a history of several thousand years, this civilization is as old as the total of European and American civilizations.”

The Guardian reported that other top Iranian politicians had called for the team to be completely replaced with new players who are “prepared to sing the national anthem”.

8:30pm (AEDT) – Damned images of Neymar

Footage shows Neymar unable to put weight on his ankle after being injured in Brazil’s victory over Serbia.

The Brazilian talisman was forced out in the second half after a heavy tackle from Nikola Milenkovic.

Neymar was visibly upset as he trudged off the field and burst into tears on the bench.

His ankle was massively swollen and the team doctor revealed the Paris Saint-Germain star had suffered “trauma”.

He added that they need “24 to 48 hours” to assess the problem, although manager Tite was more optimistic.

“Don’t worry, Neymar will play the World Cup. He will keep playing, you can be sure of that,” he said.

Neymar was later spotted walking very carefully due to the ankle problem and wearing flip flops as he left the stadium.

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The former Barcelona star remained tight-lipped about his injury in a post on social media after the match.

It said: “Difficult game, but it is very important to win. Congratulations team, first step taken … 6 more to go.”

But the Brazilian star looked very upset as he watched from the bench and risks having his World Cup cut short again.

At Brazil’s 2014 World Cup, Neymar also suffered an ankle injury and was unable to play in Brazil’s semi-final against Germany.

It is possible that Neymar will not take part in Brazil’s remaining group matches against Switzerland and Cameroon, as a win is enough to send them through.

Tite also has plenty of options in attack with Real Madrid striker Rodrygo and Arsenal duo Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli all set to play a part in the victory over Serbia.

– Kealan Hughes, The Sun

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