Euro 2020: Bale says Wales adopt underdog tag against fan favorites Denmark
Welsh captain Gareth Bale said on Friday he would adopt his own underdog status against Denmark, the neutral favorite in the European Championship round of 16, adding that he would not underestimate the quality of Denmark .
Wales finished second in Group A behind Italy to reach the round of 16 for a second consecutive Euro, having reached the semi-finals in 2016.
Denmark broke into the last 16 with a 4-1 victory over Russia in their final group game – days after Christian Eriksen collapsed due to cardiac arrest – and will play in Amsterdam where he s ‘waits for a Danish contingent to stimulate them.
“We’re still the underdog, we’re used to that label,” Bale told reporters ahead of Saturday’s game. “But it doesn’t make any difference to us. It’s okay anyway.
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“We understand the situation that happened with them and of course we sent our best wishes to Christian Eriksen. Come on match day tomorrow… I hope we can put in a great performance and get the job done.”
Wales boss Robert Page echoed the sentiment, saying he had to try to ignore the emotion attached to the game and added he was up for a “tough challenge” after seeing Denmark almost get a result against Belgium.
“We watched their performance against a very, very good Belgian team and (they) more than held up (in a 2-1 loss),” said Page.
“They didn’t miss their way here, they deserved the right to be here. We’re up against a very good team.”
Page confirmed that everyone in the squad is fit and available for selection, except for defender Ethan Ampadu, who is suspended after his red card in Wales’ 1-0 loss to England. Italy Sunday.
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After leaving key players at rest against Italy due to the risk of a yellow card suspension, Page said he will now throw caution to the wind.
“The gloves are off now, we are in the round of 16. There is no management of reservations,” he said, adding that he also asked the players to practice on shots on the pitch. goal in the event of a penalty shoot-out, including the recovery of half-time. line.
“We still practice them… Come the situation tomorrow, if penalties are needed I’m sure all the boys will be ready to rally for our country,” Bale added.