UEFA EURO 2020 Live Match Hub: Cymru vs Denmark
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24 June 2021

UEFA EURO 2020 Live Match Hub: Cymru vs Denmark

THE TEAMS ARE IN

26 June 20212:00pm

Cymru manager Rob Page has reverted to the same starting line-up that drew 1-1 with Switzerland and defeated Turkey 2-0 in the opening two group stage games to take on Denmark.

The changes from the defeat to Italy mean that Cymru will switch back to the preferred 4-2-3-1 formation. Gareth Bale captains the side on his 96th international appearance while Ethan Ampadu misses the match through suspension following his red card against Italy. 

Follow @Cymru for live updates and check back here later for all the post-match reaction.

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PAGE PREPARED FOR TOUGH DENMARK TEST

26 June 20218:40am

Cymru manager Rob Page is expecting another tough test when his side take on Denmark at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam today.

"I think it's going to be a physical game," said Page to UEFA yesterday as the squad trained at the stadium. "We have to match the physicality of the team. I think they work hard for each other. They've got quality in the team. They can score and hurt you. They're attack-minded; they've played a back four and they've recently adapted to a back three and look comfortable in that transition.

"So, we'll wait and see what team they put out. We know any team that goes to represent Denmark will work their socks off and we have to match that first and foremost. But we're pretty certain what we're going to do and how we're going to go about it. We know we're in for a tough, tough game.

"You don't get to this stage of the competition and not expect a tough game. We weren't expected to finish in the top two. We were probably expected to get a third place and go through with third and limp across the line, and we didn't do that. I think we surprised a few, and credit goes to the players.

"They worked extremely hard to get that second spot, so I'm just really proud of the character that they've shown, and like we've shown against Turkey in spells of the game that we're a good outfit and we've got goals in the team."

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PAPER ROUND

26 June 20218:22am

There's a familiar theme across the newspapers in Wales this morning as Cymru captain Gareth Bale looks ahead to the round of 16 match against Denmark in Amsterdam.

"It feels different," said Bale to the media yesterday. "We don't have our fans in the stadium, which is disappointing. All we can do is when we get on the pitch, focus on ourselves, focus on our game plan and try and give the best account as ourselves."

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ROBERTS READY FOR DENMARK

25 June 202110:58am

Cymru defender Connor Roberts understands that Denmark will have the support of the neutral fans on Saturday but believes his side are ready for the challenge.

"It's going to be really tough but hopefully we can win," said Roberts to BBC Sport Wales. "I think 99% of the world are going to be supporting Denmark."

Roberts scored his second international goal in the 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku as Cymru successfully navigated the group stages at EURO 2020. Meanwhile, Denmark made it through their group with an impressive 4-1 win over Russia in Copenhagen.

"It's going to be tough but we're a good team," he added. "We've got good players and we've got a little bit of momentum with good performances under our belts. They're a really good team and they're going to have a lot of support but, when we cross that white line, we just have to give everything.

"We weren't expected to get out of the group and we managed to do that. We're always underestimated I think. You look at our squad, we've got really good players all over the field. We were in a group with three really good teams."

Click here for the full article on BBC Sport Wales

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PREVIOUS MEETINGS - CYMRU v DENMARK

25 June 20219:40am

Cymru have claimed four previous victories over Denmark out of the ten fixtures played between the two nations as they prepare to meet again in Amsterdam on Saturday.

The first meeting was back in October 1964 when a goal from Ole Madsen earned Denmark a 1-0 win over Dave Bowen's Cymru in Copenhagen. However, Roy Vernon scored twice in the return match as Cymru ran out 4-2 winners in Wrexham in December 1965 with Ronnie Rees and Wyn Davies completing the scoring.

Cymru and Denmark were drawn together in EURO 1988 and EURO 2000 qualifying, with both teams claiming a victory against the other in each campaign. A goal from Brian Laudrup would also earn Denmark a 1-0 win over Cymru in an international friendly played in Copenhagen in September 1990.

The last Cymru win over Denmark came courtesy of a goal from Craig Bellamy as John Toshack's side won an away friendly in November 2008. Current Cymru stars Chris Gunter, Aaron Ramsey and captain Gareth Bale all started the match as teenagers, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was named on the bench.

Denmark have won the last two meetings between the teams when they were drawn together for the inaugural UEFA Nations League in 2018, claiming a 2-0 win in Aarhus before topping the group with a 2-1 victory in Cardiff (below) in the final round of games.

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PAPER ROUND

25 June 20217:38am

Cymru striker Kieffer Moore made the front and back pages in Wales this morning as he looks to build on his goal against Switzerland in the opening group match when his side take on Denmark on Saturday.

The squad arrived in Amsterdam yesterday ahead of the round of 16 match against the Danes and Moore spoke to UEFA prior to leaving the team base in Rome about the challenge ahead.

"We've watched a lot of clips on Denmark," said Moore. "We know what we're going to do in the game and we've worked on it all week. Now it's about implementing that in the game. Everything's riding on his game, we know what we have to do. It's about showing everyone what, as a nation, we're about."

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PAGE PRAISES CYMRU SQUAD

24 June 20217:08pm

Cymru manager Rob Page spoke to UEFA earlier this week and praised his squad of players as his side prepare to take on Denmark on Saturday.

"I'm extremely proud," said Page. "I have been now for the last few months since I stepped up as head coach. I'm proud of myself and proud of the players. A lot in that group deserve a lot of credit for the performances they've given.

"It was a big ask to get out of the group and get through to the knockout stages. We've done that, and like I said, they deserve all the plaudits they're getting at the moment.

"I think I trust myself a little bit more. I'm working with a great group of players, and that helps, that makes it easier when you have a great group of players around you. We've certainly got that, and the biggest thing for us is the team spirit."

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PREPARATIONS CONTINUE

24 June 20217:01pm

Cymru trained in Rome on Thursday and now head to Amsterdam for the match against Denmark as the knock-out stages of EURO 2020 begin.

Manager Rob Page has no injury concerns after his side successfully qualified as runners-up in Group A, although Ethan Ampadu will be suspended for the round of 16 match following his red card in the 1-0 defeat to Italy.

Here a few photos from training earlier today.

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It's knockout time as Cymru meet Denmark in Amsterdam for the UEFA EURO 2020 Round of 16 on Saturday (26 June) at 5:00pm. 

This live match hub will bring you all the latest in the build-up to the match so keep checking back for the latest.