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Chirk pals in Qatar to will Wales on against Iran

Among the heartbroken Welsh fans at the match against Iran today were three from Chirk - part of the Red Wall willing Wales on.

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Gary Williams, John Riley and Simon Pearce in the stadium

John Riley, Gary Williams and Simon Pearce joined thousands enjoying the pre-match atmosphere before making their way to the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, where they had to endure seeing Wales lose 2-0 after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was sent off for a foul.

The three, on a trip of a lifetime, are staying in Dubai and are flying to Qatar for each game.

John Riley, Gary Williams and Simon Pearce making their way to the Iran game

While they were watching in the stadium, John's wife, Sarah, joined friends at the Chirk AAA's club for the match.

"We are Red Wall season ticket holders but obviously with the family we couldn't both go Qatar," she said.

A nervous time at the Chirk AAAs club

At St Martins's School just a couple of miles from Chirk, Welsh students were watching the match on a big screen in the school hall as their England friends did on Monday.