Euro 2020: Wales knocked out after 4-0 defeat to Denmark | UK News

Euro 2020: Wales knocked out after 4-0 defeat to Denmark | UK News

Wales have missed out on a place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals after a 4-0 defeat to Denmark.

After finishing second to Italy in the group stage, fans had been hoping a team led by talisman Gareth Bale could triumph in the final 16.

But it was not to be, thanks to two goals from Kasper Dolberg, one from Joakim Maehl, and another deep into added time from Martin Braithwaite.

A poor day for Wales was compounded by a late red card for Harry Wilson.

Wales captain Bale said Denmark’s second goal should have been ruled out for an apparent foul, but added: “I felt like the ref was maybe being influenced by a lot of [Danish] supporters here but it is what it is. There’s no point making excuses now.

“We’ve missed an opportunity but what we can’t fault is the effort the boys showed and that’s the minimum requirement for this group and I’m proud of them still.”

Wales' Joe Morrell and Neco Williams in action with Denmark's Joakim Maehle
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Wales’ Joe Morrell and Neco Williams in action with Denmark’s Joakim Maehle, who scored one of the goals

Denmark now face either the Netherlands or Czech Republic in their quarter-final match on 3 July.

The final-16 match took place in Amsterdam, meaning many Welsh fans were unable to be there in person to see the game, due to Dutch coronavirus rules banning non-essential travel from the UK.

Only supporters who had followed the team from their previous game in Italy, or those living in EU and Schengen areas, could freely travel into the country for the game.

In the 2016 Euro tournament, Wales reached the semi-finals, crashing out following a 2-0 defeat to eventual winners Portugal.

In Saturday’s other match, Italy beat Austria 2-1 after the game went to extra time, setting up a quarter-final against Belgium or Portugal.

The Italians are now unbeaten in 31 consecutive matches – a new national record.

COVID restrictions left Wales fans outnumbered – and they’ll wonder if that made a difference

By Michelle Clifford, Europe correspondent, in Amsterdam

Wales fans in Amsterdam
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Wales fans were a couple of hundred strong, while Danish supporters were there in their thousands

Those 90 minutes were a painful time for the Welsh fans and as they left the stadium many struggled to articulate their disappointment. We spoke to several men who were fighting away tears, others who’d spoken to us optimistically before the match simply couldn’t face the camera after.

It was not just the loss, but the scale of the loss that hurt them. Many who had made it to Amsterdam had spent weeks and a fortune getting there following the Wales players from their first Euro match in Baku through to the final 16. And they’d been genuinely optimistic going into the stadium.

Some told us how frustrating it had been inside the stadium realising their team probably couldn’t hear them. COVID restrictions has prevented fans travelling direct from the UK.

Wales fans in Amsterdam
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Despite their disappointment, Wales fans were gracious in defeat

The Wales fans were just a couple of hundred strong. The Danish fans there in their thousands. Could that have made a difference?, I asked. Maybe a bit, some said, but the reality was Denmark were the better team on the night.

Fans on both sides had been genuinely warm to each other before the game. Wales fans feeling for a Danish side who had lost arguably their best player at the start of the tournament when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest. Danish fans feeling for Wales and the lack of support at such a crucial game.

We saw supporters from the two sides shaking hands and engaging in friendly banter before kick-off – and despite the disappointment for Wales, the fans we spoke to were gracious in defeat.



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