Euro 2020, Wales v Denmark, Italy v Austria, football scores, goals, Gareth Bale retirement, red card
Denmark marked the 29th anniversary of their greatest triumph by qualifying for the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 on Saturday as Kasper Dolberg scored twice in a categorical 4-0 win over Wales before a roving support exultant in Amsterdam.
In the city where Christian Eriksen made his name, it was Dolberg – another ex-Ajax player – who opened the scoring with a sparkling strike in the 27th minute.
It happened after Wales started so well but Denmark never looked back and Dolberg struck again right after the recovery before Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite added more goals late .
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Carried by a wave of emotion, the Danish dreams are still intact in a tournament which began under such traumatic circumstances for them with the collapse of Eriksen in their opener against Finland in Copenhagen.
They now advance to a round of 16 in Baku against the Netherlands or the Czech Republic.
Eriksen, still recovering at home from his cardiac arrest, was on everyone’s mind at Ajax’s home, and that, combined with extensive Danish support inside the full third of the Johan Cruyff Arena, made on this occasion a Danish home match.
“It’s hard to believe this is the reality,” said coach Kasper Hjulmand. âJohan Cruyff is one of my great inspirations and it was also Christian’s first home after leaving Denmark.
âI’m really grateful for all the support we’ve received, and the guys are real warriors. It’s amazing to be in the quarterfinals now.
European champions that day in 1992, Denmark finally claimed their first Euro knockout stage victory since and it would be an extraordinary story if they could repeat the feat this time around.
No one in Denmark will want to get ahead, but Wales – who finished with 10 men after Harry Wilson’s late red card – couldn’t complain about the result and there will be no repeat of their race to the semi-finals at Euro 2016.
– Bale: ‘Frustrated’ –
âIt’s a big blow to take. I don’t think the players deserved to leave the competition with this score, “Welsh coach Robert Page said.
They needed a moment of magic from Captain Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey who never came, but they opposed it from the start.
Bale declined to answer questions on whether this was his last game for Wales, waiving a mid-question post-match interview.
Speaking after his last game of his Tottenham loan on retirement plans, Bale said: “I know what I’m going to do. I’m fully focused on the Euro.
âI don’t want to cause any problems anywhere because I know things can get mixed up in the media and people are starting to make the headlines.
âI don’t want to cause distractions for myself or for the team. I am focusing only on Wales this Euros and nothing else.
âEverything else about my career, my future, will be settled after. “
Aside from universal goodwill towards Denmark after the Eriksen collapse, a ban on British travelers from entering the Netherlands meant there were few Welsh fans inside the stadium.
The Danes, meanwhile, descended on Amsterdam in droves, creating an atmosphere akin to that seen at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen when they beat Russia to reach the bottom 16 – even Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was in attendance.
To their credit, Wales got off to a good start, with the Bale poll leading the way at the start.
He smashed a shot right off in the 10th minute, but Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen – Denmark’s third center-back – rose to midfield and they took control.
They were rewarded when Dolberg, now from Nice and selected ahead of Yussuf Poulsen in attack, recovered the ball just outside the box and landed a superb strike into the top window.
For Wales, signs it wasn’t their night continued to come, as right-back Connor Roberts injured his groin, and Page’s side went on to fall behind three minutes after the start of the second half.
Neco Williams, the Liverpool full-back who replaced Roberts, tried to clear a Braithwaite cross but only managed to play the ball straight to Dolberg who took the opportunity to make it 2-0 .
Bale and his teammates felt there was a foul on Moore early in the movement, but the German referee dismissed the complaints and the only surprise was that it was not until the last minutes that more goals were taken. are to come.
Mathias Jensen chose unmarked Maehle to score the third in the 88th minute, before Wilson went red for a foul on Maehle and Braithwaite made it 4-0, a goal conceded after a long VAR scrutiny.
ITALY KEEP THE RIB OF SEEING AUSTRIA
Substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina scored in overtime as Italy beat Austria 2-1 to reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals at Wembley on Saturday.
Both sides were stuck at 0-0 after 90 minutes in London, with Italy enjoying the best of the first half but Austria shaking Roberto Mancini’s side in the second half.
Chiesa struck early in extra time to calm Italy’s nerves and another goal from Pessina set up a quarter-final against the winners of Sunday’s draw between Belgium and defending champion Portugal, despite a late drama.
After emerging as the Group A winner with a 100% record after appearing in all three of their matches in Rome, Italy was on the road for the tournament for the first time.
Mancini made seven changes from the side that beat Wales as Marco Verratti started in place of Manuel Locatelli in midfield, while Giorgio Chiellini again missed the game with a hamstring injury -legs.
After singing another catchy rendition of their national anthem with broad support from the largely Italian crowd, the Azzurri got off to a dynamic start.
Left-back Leonardo Spinazzola’s buccaneer blasts were a constant threat and he had Italy’s opening goal with a wide blast at a sharp angle.
Lorenzo Insigne was spotted by Verratti on the left side of the Austrian penalty area moments later, but his curling shot came too close to goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann.
Nicolo Barella’s low volley over Spinazzola’s cross forced Bachmann to save with his legs.
Austria had a chance to take the lead when Marko Arnautovic scored on goal after passing Leonardo Bonucci, before shooting wildly from the edge of the box.
Unperturbed in the face of this fear, Italy immediately returned to the attack. Ciro Immobile was inches away from giving them the advantage when the Lazio striker hit a daring 20-yard strike against the woodwork with Bachmann rooted in the spot.
Even putting two men on Spinazzola couldn’t contain him and the enterprising defender cut to the left to test Bachmann with low training.
Despite all its possession, Italy did not have the point to kill the Austrians.
Mancini’s men nearly shot each other in the foot early in the second half when Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s pointless lunge conceded a free kick that David Alaba looped just over it.
Austria was fighting fiercely and Marcel Sabitzer’s effort made Bonucci deflect before taking off.
– VAR denies Austria –
Arnautovic believed he gave Austria a shock lead in the 65th minute when he nodded with Alaba’s header, but the former West Ham striker was ruled marginally offside after a long examination of the VAR.
Austria were again turned down by VAR when their penalty appeal was dismissed after Pessina clashed with Stefan Lainer.
Substitute Locatelli pumped up his chipped effort and Domenico Berardi sent a bicycle kick as Italy’s frustration increased.
The game went into extra time but it didn’t take long for Italy to win.
The impressive Spinazzola found Chiesa, who controlled the ball and hit point blank five minutes into the extra half hour.
Italy effectively ended the tie 10 minutes later when the ball fell on Pessina, and he broke through at home before rushing to the corner flag and throwing himself on the grass.
But there was still time for the late drama when Austria’s Sasa Kalajdzic leaned over to direct the ball to the near post from a corner with just over five minutes to go, but their latest frantic efforts were in vain. .