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BATTLE OF THE LAST 16 OF EURO 2020 IN QUARTER FINALS

Gareth Bale’s Wales with his team will battle into the last 16 of Euro 2020 and is going to face Denmark for a place in the quarter-finals

Both sides rather fortunately advanced past the group phase to set up this tie in Amsterdam. A 10-man Wales side lost 1-0 to Italy in their last group A game but moved forward on goal difference while the Danes came from two defeats to start the championship to runners-up to Belgium in group B.

In fact, Denmark’s 4-1 demolition of Russia in matchday three was enough to put them into the history books as the first side to lose their opening two games and still go through.

BET ON WALES VS DENMARK

Wales might very well fancy a repeat of their 2016 run to the semi-finals as Denmark, at this stage of the championship for the first time since 2004, showed in the group phase that they aren’t the strongest of sides to make it this far.

But history favours the Danes as they have won their last three competitive outings with Wales including the 2-1 win during the 2018 Nations Cup.

For Wales it is only Ethan Ampadu, sent off against Italy, that is ineligible to face Denmark. Likewise, the Danes have no concerns beyond the absence of Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest in the opening game.

Both sides lack the overall strength of the likes of tournament favourites Italy, Belgium and France and that could point to a cagey fixture with few goal-scoring opportunities.

This tie might be sealed by whichever attacking pair can break the deadlock with Martin Braithwaite playing just off Yussuf Poulsen lurking for Denmark and Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsay ready to blast Wales into the last 8.

Another statistic to look at is that none of the previous 10 meetings have finished as a draw with Wales securing four wins.

The match kicks off at 18 UCT on Saturday.

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