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)
- 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.
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.
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 26, 2021
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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