Euro 2020: Kasper Dolberg brace helps Denmark hammer Wales 4-0, reach quarters

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Euro 2020: Denmark came up with a clinical performance as they hammered Wales 4-0 in their Round of 16 match in Amsterdam on Saturday. Denmark continue their inspired run and will face either Netherlands of Czech Republic in the last-8 round.

Denmark continue inspired run at Euro 2020 (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Denmark are the first team to reach Euro 2020 quarter-finals
  • Joakim Maehle and Martin Brathwaite scored a goal each for Denmark after Dolberg’s double
  • Wales, who reached the semi-final at Euro 2016, bow out in Round of 16

Denmark continued their inspired run as they became the first team to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. Kasper Hjulmand’s men hammered Wales 4-0 in a spotless performance in their Round of 16 match at Amsterdam on Saturday.

A brace from former Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg gave them a 2-0 lead early in the second half after which Joakim Maehle, who couldn’t put a foot wrong on Saturday, and Martin Brathwaite scored to make it 4-0 at full-time. Brathwaite’s stoppage-time goal was his first in Euro. Wales’ frustrations spilt over when Harry Wilson was sent off for a wild tackle on Maehle in added time.

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It was a disappointing night for Wales as they had to rally against a strong Danish support at the Johan Cruijff Stadium in Amsterdam. Gareth Bale had a good start to their Round of 16 match with two attempts early in the first half but Denmark dominated after Dolberg’s stunning finish.

Dolberg, making his first start of the tournament, gave his side the lead with a fine individual goal in the 27th minute, curling into the top corner from outside the area.

He doubled Denmark’s advantage in Amsterdam early in the second half, ruthlessly pouncing on a loose ball after Wales failed to clear a cross following a galloping run down the right wing from Dolberg’s strike partner Martin Braithwaite.

Wales suffered a big blow when Connor Williams was taken off after a groin injury in the first half. Neco Williams could not make a positive impact after coming on from the bench and his poor clearance of the Brathwaite cross led to the second goal.

Wales, who made it to the semi-finals at Euro 2020, end their competition without having made a mark this year.

On the other hand, Denmark who overcame Christian Eriksen’s nasty collapse on the pitch in their 0-1 defeat to Finland have come a long way. After sealing their only win of the group stage – a 4-1 win over Russia, Denmark are set to face either the Netherlands or Czech Republic in the quarter-final.

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