Wales played Denmark at the Johan Cruyff Arena for the first game in the Round of 16 at the Euro 2020 tournament.
The Danes come off a fantastic win against Russia last Monday and were the favourites to go through to the next round despite Wales’ excellent attacking players.
Despite Denmark claiming most of the possession in the first half of the game, Wales almost went forward within the first 10-minutes. Welsh captain Gareth Bale delivered a fantastic effort outside the box from his left foot that was a few inches away from the Danish goal.
Former Ajax forward Kasper Dolberg gave Denmark the lead in the 27th minute after Mikkel Damsgaard fed him the ball. The 23-year-old curled the shot past Danny Ward to reach the far corner of the net.
After scoring their first goal, the Danes felt comfortable on the ball and carried on attacking a shaky Welsh defence.
The first half ended 1-0 to Scandinavians.
Within the first few minutes of the second half, Dolberg got his second goal of the evening from a close-range effort in the Welsh box. After a failed clearance by Neko Williams, Dolberg smashed a shot into the near post to widen Denmark’s lead.
The Red and Whites were really pressuring Wales’ defence and almost scored another from a curling effort just past the hour-mark. Mathias Jensen was on the ball this time and curled a ball from inside the Welsh box, only for it to hit the post.
A few minutes later, Kasper Dolberg was subbed off to a standing ovation from the travelling fans as he filled in Yussuf Poulsen’s boots.
In the 88th minute of the game, Joakim Mæhle scored his second goal in the tournament as he cut in from the right side of the Welsh box and scored near-post from his left foot.
There was no coming back for Wales as they were determined for elimination. To rub salt on the wound, the Dragons conceded an unfair red card in the 90th minute. David Brooks, who was already on a yellow, got sent off because of a weak tackle.
Denmark continued attack until the final minute of stoppage time and managed to get a fourth goal which was initially flagged offside.
Barcelona forward Martin Braithwaite was fed a ball through and scored from a tight angle. After a few minutes of consulting VAR, the original decision was overruled and Denmark were awarded a fourth goal.
Source of Image: UEFA EURO 2020 via Twitter
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