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QATARI officials have sparked fury after pulling the plug on pre-noon parties ahead of Wales' crunch match with Iran.

The World Cup hosts imposed a last minute ban on early drinking, stifling Welsh plans for a boozy pre-game bash.

2Wales fans have had their pre-game party cancelled by Qatari authorities just a day before their clash with IranCredit: Getty 2Welsh supporters drank bars dry for their match with the USA - but have to put the brakes on ahead of tomorrow's gameCredit: PA

Around 1,200 Wales fans packed-out pre and post game parties for their USA match at the InterContinental hotel in Doha on Monday night.

And supporters expected another jamboree when they reunite for the Iran clash on Friday.

But their festivities have been cancelled with just 24 hours notice - after Qatari officials banned booze before midday.

Peter Humphreys, 61, said: "The fun police have struck again - but it is hardly surprising.

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"If they can ban Budweiser for the tournament then what chance do a few plucky Taffs have of getting a drink before the game?

"Fortunately we're able to make our own atmosphere but it would be nice to have had a beer to settle the nerves."

Peter revealed he paid £79 for the pre-game party ticket which included five pints of beer and a curry - but he will now only be able to transfer it to an after-match party instead.

Organiser Leigh James of fans' charity Gol Cymru told ticketholders: "The hotel have been in discussions with the Qatari authorities overnight and unfortunately, as it is with Qatar, a change has been imposed and we can now no longer serve alcohol before midday Friday.

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"Therefore we have had to take the decision to cancel the pre-match event.

"Once again on behalf of the hotel I apologise, however I have learnt that in Qatar to always expect the unexpected.

"Please understand this is Qatar and many things are totally out of my control, I am frustrated as the next person when they make last-minute decisions."

Paul Corkrey, from the Wales Football Supporters' Association said he was "disappointed" by Qatar's decision to make the change.

He said: "There's one thing about it - they are consistent, they consistently change the rules.

"There's not a lot we can do, really, just say that we're disappointed really.

"A lot of fans are by themselves, in ones or twos, and they go to these things for company and be with their friends or to meet new people.

"It's such a shame as the facilities, the place, the weather, the fact you can see three or four games in a day is positive. But they keep doing negative things now and then."


The host nation has been raising eye-brows ever since football fans began planning their trips for the biggest tournament on earth.

Sun man Oliver Harvey set out on a daring expedition to find Doha's most expensive beer - with stunning results.

He revealed that a single bottle of becks at the World Cup host city set him back a whopping £15.

A Saudi Arabia supporter - celebrating his team’s World Cup win over Argentina - said: “The prices are ludicrous. How are we supposed to party?”

But other supporters have had it worse - as punters who splashed out £175-a-night on fan villages have been blighted with problems.

Despite billions of pounds being forked out to host the tournament and accommodate the over a million fans expected to visit Qatar, some of the infrastructure appears to have been hastily knocked together on a tight budget.

World Cup fans have been forced to sleep rough amid six hour queues for "sauna" cabins with "leaky toilets".

But not everyone has been deterred - as this Mexico fan was caught out in a hilarious attempt to sneak booze past security.

And Three Lions fans were also slapped with a harsh booze ban just two days before the tournament kicked off - but they defiantly vowed to The Sun to still "get p****d" before games anyway.

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Which teams have qualified for the quarter-finals at the 2022 World Cup and who plays who next?

THE last-16 ties are now well underway at the World Cup and teams are already making plans to play in the quarter-finals.

The last eight is when the competition really starts to get serious.

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And as we get through the last-16, we can start to understand who could play who in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

The last-16 spans four days, with two games a day and then we have a two-day break and head into the next round.

Louis van Gaal's Netherlands have become the first country to qualify for the last eight after beating the United States 3-1.

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Netherlands were the first team to qualify after beating USA 3-1.

Argentina have made it into the last eight after beating Australia 2-1.

Which teams qualified for the last-16?

Group A

Netherlands secured their place in the last-16 with a 2-0 victory over hosts Qatar, seeing Louis Van Gaal's side finish top of the group.

Senegal also confirmed their place in the knock-out rounds after beating Ecuador.

Group B

England qualified for the last-16, coming out 3-0 victors over Wales to send their fellow Brits home.

USA are joining the Three Lions in the knockout rounds, beating Iran 1-0 to set up a clash with the Netherlands.

Group C

Argentina finished top of Group C despite losing their first match of the group stage.

Victory over Mexico and Poland saw them progress into the last-16, while they are joined by the Europeans.

Poland finished above Mexico by the skin of their teeth, having a superior goal difference to the Central Americans.

Group D

France had already qualified before facing Tunisia - and then the reigning world champions LOST.

Needless to say Les Bleus still finished top of the group on goal difference.

They are joined in the last 16 by Australia, who pulled another 1-0 victory out of their pockets with a win over disappointing Denmark.

Group E

Japan shocked the world by finishing top of Group E, registering wins against both Germany and Spain.

The shock twist in what was deemed the group of death saw Germany fall out of the competition despite ending level on points with Spain, who went through in second place.

Group F

Morocco surprised everyone as they topped the group, with a 2-1 victory over Canada sealing their place in the last-16.

This meant that Croatia and Belgium had it all to play for, but following a 0-0 draw, the Red Devils have gone crashing out at the group stages.

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Group G

Brazil are through after winning both their matches, picking up six points.

Switzerland joined the South Americans in the next round after beating Serbia on the final day of Group G.

Group H

Bruno Fernandes' brace saw Portugal seal their place in the next round, sitting top of Group H with six points.

Ghana, South Korea, and Uruguay still had a chance of making the last-16 but it was the Asian side that went through after beating Portugal 2-1 on the final day of the group.

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Saturday, December 3

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  • Match 50: Argentina vs Australia (7pm) - BBC One

Sunday, December 4

  • Match 52: France vs Poland (3pm) - BBC One
  • Match 51: England vs Senegal (7pm) - ITV 1

Monday, December 5

  • Match 53: Japan vs Croatia (3pm) - TBC
  • Match 54: Brazil vs South Korea (7pm) - TBC

Tuesday, December 6

  • Match 55: Morocco vs Spain (3pm) - TBC
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Friday, December 9

  • Match 58: Netherlands vs Winners of Match 54 (3pm)
  • Match 57: Winners of Match 49 vs Winners of Match 50 (7pm)

Saturday, December 10

  • Match 60: Winners of Match 55 vs Winners of Match 56 (3pm)
  • Match 59: Winners of Match 51 vs Winners of Match 52 (7pm)

Tuesday, December 13

  • Match 61: Winners of Match 57 vs Winners of Match 58 (7pm)

Wednesday, December 14

  • Match 62: Winners of Match 59 vs Winners of Match 60 (7pm)
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Saturday, December 17

  • Losers of Match 61 vs Losers of Match 62 (3pm)

Sunday, December 18

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  • Round of 16 will be on December 3 - December 6.
  • Quarter-final stages begin on December 9 - December 10.
  • Semi-finals are taking place on December 13 - December 14.
  • The World Cup final will be participated on Sunday, December 18.
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