After Saudi Arabia’s incredibly unlikely victory over Argentina in Tuesday’s early kick-off, you’d think fans would be out en masse for the first match on Wednesday.
But a picture from the Fan Festival in Doha suggests otherwise, with a mere smattering of fans gathering to watch Morocco v Croatia.
Just a few dozen supporters were out in the sunshine to watch the 2018 World Cup finalists make their bow at this year’s tournament, with a huge amount of empty space as fans stayed away.
And the low turnout wasn’t because fans were avoiding the heat – with Doha enjoying a pleasant 27C day.
Beers are only available at the Fan Festival after 6.30pm, so it’s possible some thirsty fans were forced to head to other licensed venues for a drink.
As news.com.au discovered earlier this week, some fans have had to pay up to $146 for a round of drinks and a bite to eat.
It’s not the first time attendees at World Cup events have raised eyebrows in Qatar – albeit for completely different reasons.
The opening match between Qatar and Ecuador – which the hosts lost 2-0 – had an official attendance of 67,000.
Not bad, considering the Al Bayt Stadium can hold a maximum of 60,000 people.
Holland vs Senegal had an official attendance of 41,721, despite being played in a 40,000-seater stadium.