Denmark have ended the journey of Wales in the ongoing Euro 2020 by beating them 4-0 in the round of 16 stage of the tournament.
The Danish team who defeated Wales on two occasions in 2018, proved their superiority over Wales at an emotionally wired Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena in the Netherlands on Saturday, June 26.
Most spectators at the stadium showed the Denmark team overwhelming support in sympathy for their midfielder, Christian Eriksen who had to leave the tournament after surviving a cardiac arrest.
With such motivation, Denmark took the lead in the 27th minute, thanks to Kasper Dolberg’s strike. In the 48th minute, Dolberg made it two for Denmark.
From that point, Wales were able to checkmate the attack of Denmark and attempted to fight back but their efforts were not good enough as Denmark made it three in the 88th minute, thanks to Joakim Maehle’s strike.
To make matters worst for Wales, their 24-year-old winger, Harry Wilson was sent off in the 90th minute for his late challenge on Mæhle Pedersen.
In the additional minutes of the thrilling encounter, Martin Braithwaite sent Denmark into the quarter-final stage of the European Championship with another goal which made it a 4-0 defeat to Wales.
As it stands, Denmark would play either Netherlands or the Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals in Baku on Saturday, July 3.
Denmark vs Wales: Gareth Bale blames Referee
In most parts of the 90 minutes in the Euro 2020 round of 16 game between Denmark and Wales, Gareth Bale was kept quiet and struggled to get into a threatening space to save his country.
After the 4-0 thrashing by Denmark, Bale decided to share the blame for their humiliating defeat with the center referee of the game, Daniel Siebert.
Bale believes that the 37-year-old German referee should have canceled Kasper Dolberg’s second goal because his teammate, Simon Kjær fouled during the build-up to the goal.
“Yes, definitely,” he told the BBC. “If you go and play the ball through the back of someone, it’s a foul.
“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. It’s disappointing.
“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.”
He added: “Of course it’s a disappointing end to the tournament, it’s not how we wanted the game to go. From our point of view, we started very well the first 25 minutes, conceded a goal and the game changed a little bit.
“We came out in the second half trying to play and unfortunately conceded a goal which I guess killed the momentum on our side. To finish the game how we did is disappointing but the boys are frustrated and angry.
“I’d rather us go out like that, kicking and screaming than laying off and doing nothing.”