It’s time for the first match of Group of 16 today at 9:30 pm (IST), Denmark against Wales. Gareth Bale and Wales may have been the favourites during their fantastic run to the semi-finals of the last European Championship but on the other side Denmark, who had lifted the Euro title in 1992 by thrashing Germany in the final by 2-0, are now prepared to face Wales in the last 16 at Euro 2020 in Amsterdam on Saturday.
The Danes had managed to qualify for the knockout phase by finishing in second place in their group despite a tragic incident of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest during their opening game against Finland in Copenhagen. Along with the trauma of seeing Eriksen require CPR on the pitch, Kasper Hjulmand’s team lost 1-0 to their Nordic neighbours, but a thrilling victory over Russia was enough for them to advance.
After 29 years, the Denes (Denmark) has now ranked as the 10th-best side in the world, should be favourites against Wales as they look to go as far as possible for Eriksen, who spent six days in hospital after his collapse, undergoing surgery to have a defibrillator implanted. Three players in the current Denmark squad have shown their talent with the Dutch giants. Denmark coach Kasper said, “We know a lot of people have travelled to Amsterdam to supports us, and all that support and love we received is something we will try and channel into a good performance.”