Large winner of Wales, Denmark is the first to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Euro
The adventure continues for Denmark. Manhandled for a quarter of an hour by Wales, the Danes then dominated their round of 16, this Saturday, in Amsterdam, and won (4-0). Kasper Dolberg, holder for the first time of the Euro, was the symbol of Danish collective strength by scoring a double.
The Nice striker, who started the match in place of Yussuf Poulsen, concluded, with a dry strike at the entrance to the area, a good collective streak led by Joakim Maehle and Mikkel Damsgaard (1-0, 27th) . He then doubled the stake, after returning from the locker room, by taking over a center from Martin Braithwaite badly cleared by Neco Williams (2-0, 48th).
Before that, however, the Welsh had entered the game better. The shots of Gareth Bale (10th, 12th), Aaron Ramsey (11th, 14th) and Daniel James (18th) coming to illustrate a first quarter of an hour dominated by the Dragons. But the Danes managed this weak time, without breaking down, before moving on to the rest of the match. Danny Ward, the Welsh goalkeeper, delayed the second goal by interposing in front of Dolberg (32nd) then Maehle (45th + 1) but Wales were never able to reverse the match.
At the end of the match, Braithwaite and Joachim Andersen missed a golden opportunity to score a third goal (86th). Maehle, him, did not miss, a few moments later, by chaining the right hook and striking from the left under the bar (3-0, 88th), before Braithwaite worsened the mark in stoppage time ( 4-0, 90th + 6). Only black point in the Danish table: the exit on injury of Simon Kjaer (77th), already uncertain before the meeting. Denmark will find the winner of the Netherlands – Czech Republic on Saturday July 3 in the quarter-finals.
Denmark became the first team in Euro history to score 4 or more goals in two straight matches.
The player: Dolberg, the decisive replacement
Thirty minutes. It was Kasper Dolberg’s playing time at the Euro before the round of 16. But, Yussuf Poulsen, injured, remained in the stand this Saturday, leaving his place at the Nice center forward. Symbol of a well-oiled Danish collective system where players are interchangeable, Dolberg had a remarkable match.
Decisive, he found himself at the conclusion of three big chances, before his exit in the 70th. Author of a beautiful strike in the small opposite net on the opening goal (27th), he then stumbled on Danny Ward at close range, receiving a cross from Mikkel Damsgaard (32nd), before taking advantage of ‘an opponent’s error after returning from the locker room to score a second goal (48th).