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It’s time for the round of 16! The first match will put Wales against Denmark. This is a very promising game considering the performances of both teams during the group stage.
Match info, statics and live score
Wales (2nd A) – Denmark (2nd B) Before the Match
Wales (Group A)
After some tough matches during the Euro, the Welsh team finally managed to qualify for the round of 16 and, admittedly, it was somewhat of a surprise. Indeed, in a group with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey (three teams that were superior to Wales on paper), the Dragons managed to get 4 points.
A fortunate draw in the opening game of the tournament (1-1 against Switzerland) and then a victory against Turkey (0-2) were enough for them to reach the next round of the competition.
Denmark (Group B)
Denmark started Euro 2021 in the worst possible way with the terrible shock of Christian Eriksen’s heart attack in the first match against Finland. Showing incredible team cohesion and moral values, the Danes were then surprised by the Belgians and lost the match against them (2-1).
Martin Braithwaite’s teammates went into their third match with zero points and a fourth-place finish, but they finally qualified for the last 16 after an emotional evening. The Danish Dynamite beat Russia 4-1 at a packed Parken Stadium and also took advantage of Belgium’s 2-0 win over Finland to claim second place in Group B.
Analysis of the Match Between Wales and Denmark
Wales: Brilliant Dragons?
As previously mentioned, Wales got the better of their opponents (apart from Italy) to secure their ticket to the last 16 of the competition. In their second European competition, Wales managed to get out of the group stage for the second time in a row (after their semi-final in 2016).
With one goal each, Kieffer Moore, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts share the title of the team’s top scorer. Gareth Bale (2 assists) and Joe Morrell (1 assist) also stood out by being key players.
Can this well-tuned and united team go further in the competition? We’ll find out in a few hours.
Denmark: Rewarded Heroism
What a shock it was when, in the first match, Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack during the game against Finland, leaving his teammates left without their number 10. Despite their total domination of the match, they still lost 1-0 but nothing could be blamed on them.
This tragic event had the merit to bring an extra soul to this team which, from the match against Belgium, got up and did more than annoy the Red Devils (despite the 2 – 1 defeat). Against Russia, they had only one part of their destiny in their hands to hope to qualify: Denmark had to win by 2 goals or more and at the same time hope for a defeat of the Finns against Belgium.
And that’s when the magic of football happened again. After a number of ups and downs and a 4-1 victory over Sbornaja, the Danes are in the last 16 and are not to be taken lightly. Will we see a remake of 1992?
Wales and Denmark face off in a final clash
This Euro 2021 round of 16 match will be the 4th meeting between Wales and Denmark. In the three previous meetings, the Dragons lost twice and won once. Their first match was on 19 November 2008 (Wales won 1-0) and their last was in the Nations League on 16 November 2018 (Denmark won 2-1).
19/11/2008 – Denmark 0-1 Wales
09/09/2018 – Denmark 2-0 Wales
16/11/2018 – Wales 1-2 Denmark
26/06/2021 – Wales – Denmark
Wales and Denmark Squads
Rob Page will be able to call on almost his entire squad for his Round of 16 match. Indeed, apart from the suspension of Ethan Ampadu (sent off against Italy), all of the Welsh players should be fit for this crucial match.
For Denmark, the squad should be complete for this round of 16 match. With the absence of Christian Eriksen, we would not be surprised to see the 4-3-3 line-up that created such a satisfying game in the first part of Euro 2021
Likely line-ups: Wales – Denmark
What team compositions should we expect for this first round of 16 of Euro 2021? The answer is right below.
Wales’ Likely Line-up (3-5-2):
- Goalkeepers: D. Ward
- Defenders: B. Davies, J. Rodon, C. Gunter
- Midfielders: N. Williams, J. Morrell, J. Allen, C. Roberts
- Forwards: D. James, A. Ramsey D. James, A. Ramsey, G. Bale
Denmark’s Likely Line-up (3-4-3):
- Goalkeepers: K. Schmeichel
- Defenders: A. Christensen, S. Kjaer, J. Vastergaard
- Midfielders: D. Wass, P-E. Höjberg, T. Delaney, J. Maehle
- Attackers: M. Braithwaite, Y. Poulsen, M. Damsgaard