FIFA World Cup 2022, live coverage: England kick off with a bang, Wales take on USA

FIFA World Cup 2022, live coverage: England kick off with a bang, Wales take on USA

The World Cup is now well and truly underway — join us as we wrap up the overnight games and give live updates of USA vs Wales, a crucial early group game for both sides.  

Live updates

England, Netherlands win opening matches

Most importantly, here are the overnight results you’re probably here for:

  • England 6 – 2 Iran
  • Senegal 0 – 2 Netherlands
England players celebrate
English players celebrate their goal rout(Getty)

By Dan Colasimone

Josh Cavallo blasts FIFA threat

Footballer gestures
Cavallo said FIFA had lost his respect.(Getty)

Australian gay footballer Josh Cavallo says FIFA has shown his sport isn’t for everyone by vowing to penalise players wearing anti-discrimination armbands at the World Cup.

Seven captains of European nations had planned to wear OneLove armbands at the World Cup in Qatar, a nation where same-sex relations are illegal.

The captains wanted to wear the armbands to promote inclusion and diversity in soccer and society.

But under a FIFA edict delivered on Monday, the captains would have received yellow cards if they wore the armbands during games.

“FIFA you have lost my respect,” Cavallo posted on social media.

“All the work we’re doing to make football more inclusive you have shown that football isn’t a place for everyone.”


By Dan Colasimone

Our reporter in Qatar Sam Lewis is having fun

By Dan Colasimone

USA vs Wales coming up

I’ll be keeping you informed as this Group B game progresses – it’s a critical one for both teams, especially in light of England’s thumping of Iran in the same group.

Whoever wins this one will fancy their chances of progression to the knock-out stages.

It’s a tough one to pick, too. The Americans probably have the stronger team on paper, but as we’ve seen at recent Euros, the Welsh, back in the World Cup after 64 years, have had a bit of magic about them at recent Euros tournaments.

I’m looking forward to it. So is this graduate from the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program:

A guy dressed as Maverick from Top Gun

By Dan Colasimone

Netherlands leave it late in tense encounter with Senegal

Dutch player viewed from above celebrating with arms spread
Davy Klaasen wrapped up the three points with the Netherlands’ second goal(Getty)

This match stood out as one of the fixtures of the group stage, and it lived up to expectations.

I think Senegal have the potential to go far in this tournament, and they gave the Dutch quite a game in their Group A opener at Al Thumama Stadium.

The Africans probably had the better of the match, but it was the Dutch who hung in there and grabbed the win late on, with youngster Cody Gakpo breaking the deadlock with an 84th-minute header, and Davy Klaasen wrapping up the win soon after.

It’s a great three points to win for the Dutch, who now will fancy their chances of progressing at a canter, with Qatar and Ecuador to come.

By Dan Colasimone

England rack up a tennis score

Yep, that’s right, the Three Lions have gone and scored SIX goals against Iran, who loomed as a tricky opening fixture for them.

It turned out not to be so, as Harry Kane orchestrated (but surprisingly didn’t get on the score sheet) and England’s young guns went to town.

Here’s our full match report:

By Dan Colasimone

It’s World Cup time again!

A Dutch man jumping
Davy Klaassen of Netherlands celebrates.(Getty)

Good morning. After a somewhat tepid opening game on Monday, it now feels like we’re getting into the World Cup for real, with three cracking fixtures last night and this morning.

Our live blog each day will be up and running before the final game of the day, and we’ll aim to wrap up the overnight results and happenings and keep you up-to-date with the live action.

Let’s get stuck in.

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