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World Cup: Over 16 million watch England play Wales

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 29:  England manager Gareth Southgate hugs Marcus Rashford after being substituted during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford and Gareth Southgate. (FIFA via Getty Images)

Over 16 million people watched England knock Wales out of the World Cup on Tuesday night.

England's 3-0 victory was broadcast on BBC One and was seen by a peak audience of 18.7 million across all of its platforms including iPlayer and BBC Sport Online.

The figure does not include those who watched on Welsh language channel S4C.

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England's win was the most watched game of the World Cup so far in the UK.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 29: Phil Foden of England celebrtates goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Al Janoub Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)
Phil Foden scored against Wales. (Getty Images)

England's opening game against Iran drew around 8 million viewers however it was broadcast in the middle of the day when most people were at work.

Their second game against the USA on Friday evening was seen by a similar number of people to England v Wales and scored a peak viewership of 18 million for ITV.

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Iran v USA which was broadcast at the same time as England v Wales was watched by an average of 600,000 people but a peak of 2.4 million tuned in for the game which was shown on BBC Two.

The USA beat Iran 1-0 to progress into the last 16 though Iran have been knocked out of the tournament despite beating Wales last week.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 29: Marcus Rashford of England during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Wales and England at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford knocked Wales out of the World Cup. (Getty Images)

Through goals from Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden, England knocked Wales out of the World Cup, their first in 64 years.

Though Wales have been sent home, England have progressed into the next stage of the competition and will play Senegal on Sunday night. That game will be broadcast by ITV.

Also joining England and Senegal in the second round of the World Cup so far is the USA, Netherlands, Brazil, Portugal and France.

The next group of fixtures are played later today with Tunisia taking on the already qualified France, Poland facing Argentina, Australia playing Denmark and Mexico heading out against Saudi Arabia.

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