Denmark came out on top in Aarhus where Wales were defeated 2-0 in their second UEFA Nations League match in four days.
Denmark 2-0 Wales
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE
- Sunday, 9 September 2018
- Ceres Park, Aarhus
Christian Eriksen was the main difference on the night as his clinical strikes - one of which was from the penalty spot after Ethan Ampadu was adjudged to have handled the ball in the 18-yard box - secured a reasonably comfortable win.
Ryan Giggs’ squad came into the match off the back of a superb 4-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff but they knew this game against Denmark was going to be a different prospect.
It was Wales who created the first chance of the match though, when Aaron Ramsey went through for an opportunity to shoot. His drilled effort however, was watched over the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel.
Shortly after Denmark began to take more control of this Nations League fixture as Thomas Delaney saw his shot go inches wide of Wayne Hennessey’s goal. Gareth Bale nearly made Denmark pay for that miss at the other end of the pitch where Ramsey released him into the box. He rounded Simon Kjær, the last defender, before shooting just wide of Schmeichel’s left post.
Denmark created the breakthrough when Eriksen dropped off the defence in the 18-yard box and after receiving the ball into his feet, the Tottenham Hotspur man placed the ball beyond Hennessey with a confidently hit strike.
Eriksen’s second goal was scored two minutes after the hour mark, just as Wales were fancying their chances of getting themselves back in the game. Ampadu was penalised by German Referee Deniz Aytekin, who awarded a penalty for what he believed was a handball in the 18-yard box.
Eriksen stepped up to the spot and sent Hennessey the wrong way with an excellent penalty kick to make it 2-0.
This Wales team never gave up though and continued to press forward as much as they could but every effort that they managed to muster was denied by Schmeichel.
In the end, Denmark were too strong and took all three points as they got their Nations League campaign underway.
Denmark: Schmeichel, Kjær (C), Delaney, Eriksen, Braithwaite, M. Jørgensen, Dalsgaard, Stryger Larsen, Schöne, Y. Poulsen (Cornelius 86), Sisto (Fischer 46).
Subs not used: Lossl, Ronnow, Boilesen, Vestergaard, Knudsen, Christensen, Christiansen, Jensen, Norgaard, Lerager.
Goal: Eriksen 32 62
Yellow card: Schmeichel 90
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Chester, Mepham, B Davies, C Roberts (Brooks 59), Ampadu (T Roberts 71), Allen, Ramsey, Lawrence (Woodburn 79), Bale (C).
Subs not used: Ward, A Davies, Dummett, King, Vokes, Ledley, Wilson, Lockyer, Smith.
Yellow card: B Davies 76, Allen 90