Wales and Denmark kick-off the knockout stages of Euro 2020 as both teams look to advance into the quarter-finals.
Both nations finished runners-up in their respective groups as they fell short of the eventual group winners and tournament favourites in the form of Italy and Belgium respectively.
Rob Page was appointed caretaker manager towards the end of 2020 and has reinvigorated his Welsh side as they have shown the spirit that saw them reach the semi-finals of the tournament, five years ago.
At Euro 2016, Chris Coleman’s side finished above England in the group stages and overcame the odds to beat Belgium to reach the semi-final before they were knocked out by hosts France.
However, this time around they couldn’t repeat the heroics as Italy proved they had too much might as they quickly emerged favourites despite bookmakers pricing them as somewhat outsiders before a ball was kicked.
But Wales dug deep in the group stages as Kieffer Moore clawed them out against Switzerland after Breel Embolo’s opener before Aaron Ramsey and a stoppage-time goal from Swansea’s Connor Roberts all but sealed their knockout’s fate against Turkey.
The final group match saw them face the tough task of extinguishing the hope of the Italians whilst trying to stop the rout with Switzerland needing to win and cut away at the deficit to overtake Wales, despite Ethan Ampadu’s red card, they limited the damage as Roberto Mancini’s side saw out a 1-0 win.
Millions witnessed the upsetting scenes as Christian Eriksen collapsed inside the opening 10 minutes of their match against Finland. Quick-thinking from the medics, CPR and actions from Eriksen’s teammates effectively saved his life as football fans and those watching around the world came together in solidarity for the former Tottenham playmaker. Thankfully since he was admitted to hospital, he has since had an ICD implanted and been discharged.
Two defeats from two meant that going into their Group B finale, the Dane’s had to beat Russia who also had an eye on qualification into the knockout stages.
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However, they did beat the Russians and the manner in which they did saw them leapfrog Russia and Finland to finish as group runners-up after their emphatic win thanks to goals from Mikkel Damsgard, Yusuf Poulsen, Andres Christensen and Joakim Mæhle.
The two teams both meet in Amsterdam with the Wales fans being turned away from the Netherlands capital meaning they will again enter a hostile environment.
Where to watch Wales vs Denmark
Wales and Denmark will be televised on BBC One with coverage beginning from 4pm ahead of kick-off scheduled for 5pm
The match will also be streamed on BBC iPlayer.
Who is in charge?
German referee Daniel Siebert will be in the middle for the clash in what will be his second Euro 2020 clash after he was in charge of Scotland’s Group D opener against the Czech Republic and Sweden’s 1-0 win over Slovakia thanks to Emil Forsberg’s late penalty.
The Wales contingent will have fond memories of the official after he was in charge of their UEFA Nations League win over Finland, last year in what was Ryan Giggs’ last match in charge before Page took temporary charge.
What have the managers said?
Wales manager Rob Page told UEFA.com: “We’re all ambitious and we want to go as far as we can, but we’re not naive going into this game. We’ve watched Denmark play in their most recent game and you can’t be anything other than impressed by what they’re doing. We also know that, on our day, we can give anyone a good game.”
Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand said: “We have prepared well and feel totally ready for all scenarios. All in all, we are well prepared and are looking forward to it.”
Wales – 17/4
Draw – 23/10
Denmark – 4/5
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