Denmark marked the twenty ninth anniversary of their best triumph by marching on to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Saturday as Kasper Dolberg scored twice in an emphatic 4-0 win over Wales earlier than an exultant travelling assist in Amsterdam.
In the town the place Christian Eriksen made his identify, it was Dolberg –- one other former Ajax participant –- who opened the scoring with a fizzing strike within the twenty seventh minute.
That got here after Wales had began so effectively however Denmark by no means regarded again and Dolberg struck once more simply after the restart earlier than Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite added extra targets late on.
Carried by a wave of emotion, Danish goals are nonetheless intact in a event that started in such traumatic circumstances for them with Eriksen’s collapse of their opening match in opposition to Finland in Copenhagen.
They now go on to a last-eight tie in Baku in opposition to the Netherlands or the Czech Republic.
Eriksen, nonetheless recovering at residence after his cardiac arrest, was current in everybody’s minds on the residence of Ajax, and that mixed with an enormous Danish assist contained in the one-third full Johan Cruyff Arena made this event actually like a house sport for them.
European champions in opposition to all odds once they beat Germany within the remaining on this present day in 1992, Denmark lastly have their first win within the knockout section of a Euro since then and it could be a really extraordinary story if they may repeat the feat this time.
Nobody in Denmark will wish to get forward of themselves however Wales — who completed with 10 males after Harry Wilson’s late crimson card — may definitely don’t have any complaints concerning the consequence and there will probably be no repeat of their run to the semi-finals at Euro 2016.
Wales up in opposition to it
They wanted a second of magic from captain Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey which by no means got here, however in reality they have been up in opposition to it from the outset.
Aside from the common goodwill in direction of Denmark following Eriksen’s collapse, a ban on travellers from the United Kingdom getting into the Netherlands meant there have been only a few Welsh supporters contained in the stadium.
Danes, in distinction, descended of their droves on Amsterdam, creating an environment not far off that seen on the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen once they beat Russia to qualify for the final 16 — even the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, was in attendance.
To their credit score Wales began effectively, with the probing Bale main by instance within the early levels.
He crashed a shot simply huge within the tenth minute, however then Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen –- Denmark’s third centre-back –- stepped up into midfield and so they took management.
They have been rewarded when Dolberg, now of Nice in France and chosen forward of Yussuf Poulsen in assault, collected the ball simply exterior the world and unleased an outstanding strike into the far nook of the web.
For Wales, the indicators that it was to not be their night time stored coming, as right-back Connor Roberts suffered a groin harm and needed to come off.
Then large striker Kieffer Moore was booked for a foul on Danish captain Simon Kjaer, that means a suspension for the following spherical if Wales made it by.
Robert Page’s facet wouldn’t make it by as they fell additional behind three minutes into the second half.
Neco Williams, the Liverpool full-back who had changed Roberts, tried to clear a Braithwaite cross however solely succeeded in taking part in the ball straight to Dolberg who seized the possibility to make it 2-0.
Bale and his teammates felt there had been a foul on Moore at the beginning of the transfer however the German referee waved away the complaints and the one shock was that it took till the dying minutes for extra targets to come back.
Mathias Jensen picked out the unmarked Maehle to attain the third within the 88th minute, earlier than Wilson noticed crimson for a foul on Maehle and Braithwaite made it 4-0, a purpose given after a prolonged VAR evaluate.