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All 32 World Cup participants played their first match in Qatar. Now the group stage is on fire, with elimination really in the balance, as well as qualification for the round of 16.

After a draw with the United States in their opener, Wales will be looking to secure their first ever World Cup final win when they face Iran, who were beaten 6-2 by England in their opener.

Then, hosts Qatar look to bounce back from their dismal opening game when they face reigning African champions Senegal, who also lost their first game (2-0 to the Netherlands). Losing would eliminate the loser altogether.

The Netherlands play their third game on the night, facing Ecuador in a battle for first place in Group A.

Finally, it’s a Group B blockbuster as England take on the United States at 6am AEDT, with England hoping for a win that would secure them a place in the knockout stages.

Follow matchday six of the FIFA World Cup in our live blogs below, including Wales v Iran (21:00 AEDT), Qatar v Senegal (12:00 AEDT), Netherlands v Ecuador (3:00 AEDT) and England- US (6am AEDT).

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BALE SET FOR THE HISTORY OF WALES

Carlos Queiroz’s Iran will be eliminated if they lose to Wales, who drew their opening goal against the United States.

Forward Mehdi Taremi, who scored the two goals against England, denied the side had come under pressure from the Iranian government after they decided not to sing the national anthem before the first game.

“I don’t like to talk about political issues, but we are under no pressure,” he said.

Wales could come close to qualifying ahead of a meeting with neighbors England on three points in their first World Cup since defeat by Pelé’s Brazil in the 1958 quarter-finals.

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“They’re a tough team and they’re in the World Cup for a reason,” said of Iran skipper Gareth Bale, who scored a late penalty against the United States.

Already Wales’ all-time top scorer, Bale will become the nation’s most capped player when he takes to the game for the 110th time.

Former Real Madrid manager Quieroz said: “Welcome to a great show for Wales after 64 years. It’s amazing to see the Red Wall in the stadium.

“Wales play with character. It’s like a party. A show of a football party.

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QATAR ‘FREE OF PRESSURE’ AFTER A PAINFUL START

Qatar are in desperate need of an answer after collapsing for a tame 2-0 defeat to Ecuador in the tournament curtain call that saw most of the crowd leave before the final whistle.

Another defeat could see the Asian Cup holders become only the second home team to be eliminated in the group stage, after South Africa in 2010.

“We hope to be free from all the pressure we had in the opening game,” said Qatar coach Felix Sanchez. “I hope we can compete and bring our ‘A Game’.”

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THE DUTCH MAKE A HIGHEST STATEMENT OF THE TITLE

Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands could also progress to Group A by beating Ecuador, but would need Qatar to draw with Senegal.

Oranje won 2-0 against the African champions in their first outing thanks to late goals from in-form youngster Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.

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Three-time runners-up the Netherlands are in the World Cup for the first time since finishing third under Van Gaal in 2014.

“We are here to become world champions,” said Van Gaal on the eve of the match.

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ENGLAND WATCH ‘HISTORY’ … AND VENGEANCE

Gareth Southgate’s men kicked off their campaign with a 6-2 defeat by Iran who take on Wales in their opening Group B match on Friday.

Regardless of the outcome of that match, England would go through beating the Americans, but they’ll have to overcome a talented young team and the weight of history.

The USA knocked England out of the 1950 tournament with one of the biggest shocks in the World Cup and led a star-studded team to a 1-1 draw in 2010 best remembered for a scream from England goalkeeper Rob Green.

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“Have we ever beaten the United States at the World Cup? No. Tomorrow we have to try to make history,” Southgate said at a pre-match press conference.

“We are good at speaking well of ourselves as a nation with very little evidence. We know we will face a very motivated team. I don’t think we will underrate the United States at all.” England are still fighting for their first major tournament title in 56 years after losing last year’s European Championship final to Italy on penalties.

They received a boost ahead of the USA match, however, as captain Harry Kane was passed despite suffering a knock on his ankle against Iran.

According to reports in England, Gareth Southgate will name an unchanged squad.

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