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Sun sets on Cardiff's Olympic day

Brazil supporters make some noise for their women's football team before their first match against Cameroon Photo: ITV News Wales

With an estimated 40,000 people through the turnstiles of Millennium Stadium today for the very first Olympic events, the Games' first day has gone smoothly for Cardiff.

As the sun shone, crowds congregated on the streets around the stadium in the lead-up to the Great Britain versus New Zealand in the women's football. Team GB won 1-0 in the end, with Cameroon battling Brazil in to the evening.

Despite earlier fears over security, spectators waited patiently in line as their belongings were packaged into plastic bags. However, some fans were still queuing to get through the gates as kick-off for the first match started.

Millennium Stadium Manager Gerry Toms said that the delays were experienced by people with bags that needed to be checked. He said the tickets clearly stated that those members coming with bags needed to arrive early as they had to undergo extra security checks.

The city became a sea of colour as the day's festivities started early with street entertainment and sports for children.

Attending the first day of the Games today, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

Millennium stadium is looking fantastic in the sunshine.

– Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary

Police officers were out in full-force and helped the crowd with advice and directions.

The crowds will be back in the city centre tomorrow as Brazil takes on Egypt at 7.45pm.

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