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That's it! Four goals again for Denmark, who were superb again today. They will go to Baku for the quarter-final, but it's the end of the road for Wales.
- GoalMartin BraithwaiteDenmark
GOAL! Wales 0 Denmark 4 (Braithwaite 90+4')
It's four! This is an utter hiding. Denmark break again, Cornelius cushions a cross into the path of Braithwaite who checks onto his left foot and drills the ball into the bottom corner past Ward. It's VAR checked for a long time, but Braithwaite was played just onside by Mepham.
It's a yellow for Bale for sarcastic applause of the referee. Wales are gone here.
- Red cardHarry WilsonWales
RED CARD! It's all falling apart for Wales, as Wilson gets a straight red for hacking down Maehle as he ran away from him. That seems unusually harsh for such a challenge, but it's not going to be reviewed any further.
We'll have a minimum of five more minutes.
- GoalJoakim MæhleDenmark
GOAL! Wales 0 Denmark 3 (Maehle 88)
Denmark have deserved this, they've been brilliant tonight. Jensen picks out Maehle with a cross-area pass. Maehle is all alone, and cuts inside one sliding challenge before launching a left foot shot high into the net past Ward.
WHAT A MISS! Jensen clips a lovely cross to the back post where Andersen heads back across goal from six yards out. Ward gets a touch and the ball falls to two free Braithwaite at the back post, who somehow clips the ball off the post from no distance and a teammate contrives to slash the follow up wide.
Jensen whips a dangerous free kick into the Welsh area, where it's headed behind for a corner.
Bale absolutely flattens Maehle as he breaks away down the right. Surprisingly, there's no yellow card.
Cornelius barrels forward again, bouncing Welsh defenders out of the way, before finding Maehle. He in turn finds Braithwaite, whose low cross to the near post is deflected behind for a corner.
Braithwaite takes the free kick but curls it high over the bar.
- Yellow cardDavid BrooksWales
Cornelius breaks, one on four, and twisting Mepham one way and the other as he does so. He gets 20 yards from goal before being hacked down by Brooks, who is booked.
Another round of changes now. Nicolai Boilsesen is on for Sryger Larsen and Joachim Andersen replaces Kjaer, who looks like he may have tweaked a hamstring. For Wales, David Brooks and Tyler Roberts replace James and Moore.
Maehle breaks dangerously into the Welsh area on the left, but his cross is headed clear. Wales break from it, with Bale crossing low into the Danish area, but it's comfortably picked off by Kjaer.
Denmark are draining the legs of the Welsh players here with incessant, rhythmic passing. Jensen has been particularly impressive since he came on.
A change for Denmark. Andreas Cornelius replaces Dolberg, who departs to a huge cheer from the Danes in Amsterdam.
Wales are hanging in there. Williams and then Ramsey both try crosses into the box, but they can't find any Welsh players with them.
Allen gets into the Danish area with a Cruyff turn. He shoots with his left, but it's blocked by Vestergaard.
CLOSE! Denmark keep the ball for an eternity, before a Jensen cross from the left clears everyone, including Ward, and faintly clips the far post before going behind for a goal kick.
Wales try a long throw into the area. It breaks to Allen on the edge of the area, who blazes a volley high over the bar.
Changes here. Harry Wilson replaces Morrell for Wales, while Matthias Jensen and Christian Norgaard replace Delaney and Damsgaard.
Thems are confident changes for Denmark.
Bale hasn't given this up. He jigs to the byline and clips a cross to the back post. Moore nods it down to James, whose attempted volley is blocked by Christensen.
Wales will be less than happy about the potential foul in the build-up to the second goal, although it was too long between the two incidents for VAR to stick its oar in and they should have defended the cross better thereafter.
Ramsey gets away down the right for Wales. It's two on two, and he crosses into the middle but Kjaer is well positioned to clear the ball.
CHANCE! James and Williams combine down the right for Wales. Williams stands a cross up to the edge of the six yard box, where Bale mistimes his header and it's way off target.
Denmark are having fun now, and Delaney is pulling the strings. He works it out to Damsgaard on the left, and Wales scramble his cross away.
- GoalKasper DolbergDenmark
GOAL! Wales 0 Denmark 2 (Dolberg 48)
Denmark are two ahead, and it's Dolberg again! Wales are furious that they didn't get a foul on Moore in the Danish half; it's not give though, and they break down the right through Braithwaite. He runs into the area and fires in a low cross; Williams tries to clear but can only scuff it straight to Dolberg, who drills a low shot through Ward from seven yards out.
It's a slow start to the second half, in hwich it looks like James and Bale have swapped wings.
We're underway again; Denmark need more of the same, Wales need something from somewhere.
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That's the half; Wales started promisingly, but Denmark have taken this over.
CHANCE! A simple cross from the right by Damsgaard finds two Danish players completely unmarked at the back post. Maehle takes charge, and tries to whip a shot into the near post which Ward pushes behind for a corner.
We're into a minimum of two minutes of added time.
Ole's from the crowd as Denmark knock it around for fun. Maehle almost gets away down the left, but good tracking by Morrell snuffs out the danger.
A loose ball from Allen gives Denmark a chance to counter, but Braithwaite runs the ball over the goal line and it's a reprieve for Wales. They're really under it here, and need half time.
- Yellow cardKieffer MooreWales
Moore catches Kjaer with a stray arm as he jumps for the ball, and is booked. He'll miss the quarter-final if Wales progress. Meanwhile Roberts might be done for the whole tournament; it looked a nasty groin strain, and he's replaced by Neco Williams.
This doesn't look good for Roberts; he stretches for a ball as it runs out of play on the right, and hits the deck immediately in some pain.
A Delaney cross into the area is flapped clear by Ward, who gets a very cheap free kick out of it when he hits the deck soon after.
Wales won't panic here; they were behind to Switzerland in their opening game after all, and claimed a draw. They're under it now though, and can't afford to ship a second before half time; a dangerous cross from Dolberg on the right wins Denmark a corner.
CHANCE! The Danish tails are right up here. A quick one-two by Damsgaard bets him to the byline; he fires it into the six yard box to Dolberg, whose first time flick at the ball as well saved by Ward from close range.
Wales are a bit rattled by that, as they scramble away an attack led by Braithwaite and Dolberg.
- GoalKasper DolbergDenmark
GOAL! Wales 0 Denmark 1 (Dolberg 27)
A beauty for Denmark. They weave a quick passing move through the inside left position, with Damsgaard reversing a ball into Dolberg. He opens up his body from 20 yards out and fires an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner past Ward.
- Yellow cardJoe RodonWales
Rodon gets the wrong side of Dolberg, and drags him down as Denmark threaten to break. Yellow card.
It's half a chance for Denmark, as Stryger Larsen whips the ball on to the head of Vestergaard, who can't guide it on target.
Delaney gets in behind the Welsh defence. He stands a cross up to the back post, where Roberts puts it behind for a corner.
It's three corners on the spin for Denmark, but nothing comes from any of them.
Better stuff from Denmark now, as they buzz around the Welsh area and Maehle wins a corner.
Wales are playing well here. After a long bout of possession they work the ball out to James on the left. He cuts in and shoots from 25 yards out, but it's low and straight at Schmeichel.
Braithwaite tries to take Davies one on one on the right of the Welsh area. Davies reads the knock past and run technique though, and gets across the line of the ball to draw a foul.
Bale gets Wales going again, bursting down the right and cutting the ball back to Ramsey on the edge of the box. Ramsey spins and shoots, but it deflects softly into the hands of Schmeichel.
Bale's up for this. He comes infield again, and shoots from 25 yards out this time, but drags it a few yards wide of the post.
A cross from the left by James causes a brief moment of panic in the Danish area, as it almost breaks to Allen and then Bale before Denmark clear.
CLOSE! A good few minutes for Bale here. After a few crosses from the right, he picks the ball up on the right touchline and cuts diagonally infield. No one challenges him, and his shot from 20 yards out flies half a yard wide of the far post with Schmeichel at full stretch.
It's the first shot in anger of the day; Dolberg shakes off Morrell in midfield and unloads from 25 yards out, but it's way, way over the bar.
Now Denmark attack, as Rodon misjudges a long ball and Braithwaite picks it up. He finds Stryger Larsen, whose cross into the area is hacked clear.
It's a good start by Wales as Ramsey wins a free kick to the right of the Danish area. Dan James whips it into the box, it ricochets through the area and goes out off Kjaer for a corner.
Allen comes within a whisker of releasing James down the left, but it's overhit by bare inches. That's an escape for Denmark, as one touch infield by James would have seen him haring in on goal.
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Peep, we're off!
The two anthems are done, it's time to go. There's a quarter-final in Baku at stake, let's get this popping. Before kick-off, as captains Bale and Kjaer exchange pennants, Bale presents his opponent with a framed Welsh shirt with Christian Brysia Wella (Christian Get Well Soon) written above the number 10.
The teams are coming out into a stadium dominated by Danish fans. Your referee for today's fun and games is Daniel Siebert.
A quick reminder - if it's at all needed - that if we're level after 90 minutes it's extra time, if we're level after extra time then we'll have a penalty competition. With two Leicester City goalkeepers in net today, what a chess game that could be between the sides.
So, how will it go today? I fancy a close one, maybe a solitary goal win one way or the other, with the ante up and so much at stake. With a quarter-final against Netherlands or the Czech Republic in Baku next week for the winner, it won’t be lost on either side that there’s a decent path to the semi-finals on offer here. Wales have walked that road before, while Denmark saw it right the way to the end in 1992.
While we’re being indulgent, how about this? It’s Denmark’s fantastic four goals against Russia on Monday, but with a twist. Dubbed over the top of it are the famous words of Danish commentator Svend Gehrs, from the goals in the Dynamite teams’ legendary 4-2 battering of the USSR in a World Cup qualifier in 1985. If you know, you know.
By the minute coverage should by the quick and simple relaying of all pertinent information to the reader, and absolutely not a vehicle for self-indulgent reminiscing by its author. With that in mind, here’s the solitary winning goal from the first football match I ever attended, Wales versus Denmark at Ninian Park, 9 September 1987.
It had a classic Mark Hughes flying header, Neville Southall being Neville Southall, the Danish Dynamite team, the roligans, Barry Horne’s international debut and two gorgeous Hummel kits. Ah, it’s like the whiff of gravy on a Sunday afternoon…
The Danes also have a tough act to follow. Few victories in the European Championship have been so drenched in catharsis as their stunning evisceration of Russia in Copenhagen on Monday night. Now, out of the emotional cauldron of the Parken Stadion, begins part two of their tournament. Andreas Christensen, Joakim Maehle and Mikkel Damsgaard are in that sweet spot where form allies to the fearlessness and were pivotal in getting Denmark through the group stages.
Can they do it again? Five years ago, Wales took their supporters on a Homeric run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016; their first tournament in 58 years, but evidently not a once in a lifetime experience. Wales are back in the knockout rounds here, expertly guided by Page and with a decent shy at replicating their progress in France. They’re a compact side into which is moulded the attacking triumvirate of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Daniel James, who possess between them the full array of attacking threats that make Wales a live proposition against anyone.
Danish manager Kasper Hjulmand has two changes forced on him tonight. Yousef Poulsen hasn’t made it and is replaced in the central striker position by Kasper Dolberg, and Jens Stryger Larsen comes in for Daniel Wass on the right of midfield.
No surprises from Wales, as the players left out of the starting XI against Italy because they were on a yellow card. Interim manager Robert page returns to his 4-3-3 line-up. With Kieffer Moore returning as the focal point of the attack. Ben Davies slots back in at left back while Chris Mepham returning to join Joe Rodon at the heart of the defence.
And here's your Denmark:
Here's your Wales team for the evening:
Prynhawn da, god aften! Welcome to live coverage of the first game of the round of 16 in Euro 2020, and what a doozy it is. Within the hour we’ll have Wales taking on Denmark in the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam for a place in the quarterfinals.
There’s been a lot of static about the group stage using up 36 matches to eliminate eight teams; those of us who see our glass as two-thirds full can celebrate the fact we’ve gently sculpted events to secure the retention of 16 sides and set up the second half of the competition. The European Championship is two tournaments; the groups are done and now it’s the knockouts, where every game is its own unique island of pressure.
Few ties in the round look as evenly matched as this one. Wales are following the Lord Mayor’s Show of 2016 with another Lord Mayor’s Show while Denmark are without their talismanic playmaker Christian Eriksen, but have gathered an emotion-fuelled momentum in the aftermath of that harrowing evening in Copenhagen two weeks ago.
To quote Danny Ocean, you’re either in or you’re out, right now. Teams from Amsterdam to follow shortly.