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Euro 2020: Denmark bury Wales 4-0 to reach quarterfinals

Wales were thoroughly outplayed by Denmark, who are having a dream campaign at Euro 2020. Dolberg scores a brace,

June 27, 2021 / 12:17 AM IST
Denmark's Kasper Dolberg celebrates his second goal against Wales during the Euro 2020 soccer championship round of 16 match between Wales and Denmark, at Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Koen van Weel, Pool via AP)

Denmark's Kasper Dolberg celebrates his second goal against Wales during the Euro 2020 soccer championship round of 16 match between Wales and Denmark, at Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Saturday, June 26, 2021. (Koen van Weel, Pool via AP)

Denmark marked the 29th anniversary of their greatest triumph by marching on to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Saturday as Kasper Dolberg scored twice in an emphatic 4-0 win over Wales before an exultant travelling support in Amsterdam. In the city where Christian Eriksen made his name, it was Dolberg –- another former Ajax player –- who opened the scoring with a fizzing strike in the 27th minute.

That came after Wales had started so well but Denmark never looked back and Dolberg struck again just after the restart before Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite added more goals late on. Carried by a wave of emotion, Danish dreams are still intact in a tournament that began in such traumatic circumstances for them with Eriksen's collapse in their opening match against Finland in Copenhagen.

They now go on to a last-eight tie in Baku against the Netherlands or the Czech Republic. Eriksen, still recovering at home after his cardiac arrest, was present in everyone's minds at the home of Ajax, and that combined with a vast Danish support inside the one-third full Johan Cruyff Arena made this occasion really like a home game for them.

European champions against all odds when they beat Germany in the final on this day in 1992, Denmark finally have their first win in the knockout phase of a Euro since then and it would be a truly extraordinary story if they could repeat the feat this time.