Denmark negotiated well in its round of 16 of the Euro against Wales. With a gala Dolberg, the Scandinavians won 4-0.
Denmark will continue its journey to the Euro. After being extirpated in-extremis from the group stage, the Scandinavian selection secured its place in the quarter-finals. For that, she had to get rid of Wales this Saturday. With a brilliant Kasper Dolberg, she even offered herself a festival against Bale and others.
Dolberg folds the match on his own
Called to replace Youssouf Poulsen (injured) in the starting lineup at short notice, the OGC Nice striker did more than fulfill his mission. Very inspired, he scored the first two goals of his team, thus donning the costume of the hero of the match. Denmark therefore joined the European Top 8 for the first time since 2004 largely thanks to its performance.
At the Johan Cruyff Arena, a stadium he knows perfectly well having played for Ajax in the past, Dolberg put on the show. His team rather missed the start of the match, suffering in particular a big alert from Gareth Bale (10th), but he was there to put his own in the direction of the market. In the 27th minute, he opened the scoring with a very nice strike from outside the area following an excellent job from the prodigy Mikkel Damsgaard.
Just after this goal, Dolberg missed the break, with a nice heel (33rd) which forced Danny Ward to a reflex stop. But it was only a postponement. Three minutes after the restart, he found the net again, exploiting a catastrophic raise from Neco Williams. Opportunistic, the hero of the day shot the keeper with a crossfire.
With this goal conceded just after the restart, the Welsh took a serious blow behind the head. They no longer saw the light of day in this part, completely abdicating in the face of the unfavorable turn of events. Discouraged, they even finished the match at ten after the expulsion of Wilson (91st).
An enchanting Denmark to the end
Denmark, for their part, kept the pressure on until the end, although success was sealed fairly quickly. After attempts by Mathias Jensen (66th) and Martin Braithwaite (86th), the Nordiques managed to worsen the mark by the excellent Joakim Maehle. The former target of OM slammed the third in the 88th on a movement full of lucidity: a fake strike to eliminate a defense, followed by a powerful shot from the left in the top corner. 3-0, then 4-0 just before the gong thanks to a victorious execution of Braithwaite, one of the best players of the meeting.
With great conviction, Denmark pocketed its qualification. The fairy tale of Hjulmand’s men in this tournament continues. In view of today’s demonstration, they would be wrong now to set limits. An epic, like that of 1992, is more achievable than ever.