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Wales vs. Denmark – Football Match Report – June 26, 2021

Denmark inflicted a heavy 4-0 defeat over Wales to cruise into the Euro 2020 quarterfinals on Saturday.

Kasper Dolberg scored twice while Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite finished off the scoring late on in an emphatic performance in Amsterdam.

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The result sees Denmark progress into the last eight of the competition for the first time since 2004. They are the first nation to reach this stage of the tournament after losing their opening two group stage games.

Wales suffered their biggest ever defeat at the tournament and were unable to match their Euro 2016 performance where they reached the semifinals for the first time in their history.

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Before the match began, Wales captain Gareth Bale presented Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer with a signed Wales shirt with Christian Eriksen on the back.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening defeat to Finland and has since been discharged from hospital after an operation to implant a heart starter device.

Following an encouraging spell from Wales, Denmark took control and opened the scoring after 27 minutes through Dolberg’s strike from outside the area.

Dolberg had a chance to double their lead moments later but his close-range flick was blocked by Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward.

Ward was called into action again just before the break when he made another save from the unmarked Maehle.

Denmark made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second half after Neco Williams’ misplaced clearance fell to Dolberg inside the box who converted the chance.

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Wales players were furious because they felt Kieffer Moore was fouled in the build up but VAR checked and the goal was given.

Substitute Mathias Jensen almost grabbed a third after 66 minutes but his cross clipped the post.

Denmark scored a third in stoppage-time through Maehle while Harry Wilson was sent off for a reckless challenge moments later.

Braithwaite found himself on the scoresheet late on too as his goal was awarded after a long VAR check.

Denmark will now face either Netherlands or Czech Republic in Baku next Saturday for a place in the semifinals.

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