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That's all, folks 👋

2021-06-26T22:00:46Z

That's all for today's action, and thanks for joining us. As always, we'll be back here tomorrow with even more Euro 2020 activity. Same time, same place. See you then!

What next for Italy?

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The Azzurri are now set to face either Portugal or Belgium in the quarter-finals. It's a huge clash of the titans either way.

💪

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Italy end run of not conceding for 1168 minutes

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Sasa Kalajdzic's goal was what broke the record, but I'm sure the Italians won't mind – they've booked their spot in the quarter-finals regardless!

FT: 🇮🇹 Italy 2-1 Austria 🇦🇹

2021-06-26T21:35:48Z

THEY'VE DONE IT! Italy are through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020, and it all happened in extra-time – after a gruelling 90 minutes where Austria really fought with their lives.

What a game, what a team! 

One minute of extra-time...

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... here we go...

Chiesa nearly makes it three!

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Chiesa did well to float the ball into the goal after an early burst forward, spying the 'keeper off his line, but it's cleared by Austria.

Woosh!

Gregoritsch with a chance

2021-06-26T21:32:19Z

It's a long-range effort from Gregoritsch that ultimately goes wide. Austria are still a huge threat! Italy with a nail-biting last few minutes on the clock...

GOAL!!!! Italy 2-1 Austria

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AND AUSTRIA HAVE FOUND A GOAL IN EXTRA-TIME! Sasa Kalajdzi scores after Austria were awarded a corner, and he heads it into the roof of the net with a diving finish.

Game on?

That's Italy's goals conceded record away and done with, then!

Sabitzer with an opportunity, wide!

2021-06-26T21:24:19Z

That would've been something for Marcel Sabitzer from close range, but he skies it high and it's way wide of the post.

Di Lorenzo with a great chance

2021-06-26T21:23:06Z

Giovanni Di Lorenzo gallops forward all by his lonesome, but can't aim his shot on target. Wide! Though it probably doesn't matter, at this point...

Schaub with a great effort, saved!

2021-06-26T21:19:37Z

For Schaub's first contribution, he drills in a powerful ball into the Italy goal – but Donnarumma is too quick! That was a great chance.

That should be it...

2021-06-26T21:16:16Z

That's an excellent finish by the Atalanta forward. Austria just looked to have collapsed after the end of regular time.

Looks of heartbreak across the faces of the Austria players.

We're now into half-time of extra-time, where Italy are just 15 minutes away from a spot in the quarter-finals!

GOAL!!! Italy 2-0 Austria

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GOAL!!!! That's game over! Pessina scores to double Italy's lead in extra-time!

Forza!

Austria probe

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Austria try to make a break for goal, but it's cleared by Leonardo Spinazzola – who also provided the assist for the Italy goal.

What a goal by Chiesa

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It's a fantastic goal by the Juventus man, who does an amazing job with his first touch to keep it down, and then set himself up for the goal from such a difficult, narrow angle. Here we go!

GOAL!!! Italy 1-0 Austria

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WE HAVE A GOAL!!!! It's a rocket by Federico Chiesa to put the Azzurri in the lead in extra-time!

AT LONG LAST!

We're off in extra-time!

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Can either side find a winner?

We're into extra-time!

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We've got two halves of 15 minutes each ahead of us, and if that still ends in a stalemate, we're into penalties.

Here we go...

Italy claim penalty, awarded free-kick

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Into the last dying minutes of regular time and Italy get a free-kick just outside the box.

Wide!

Italy with a late surge forward

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The Azzurri are getting shot after shot after shot away in these final few minutes of regular time, but Austria are defending with every fibre of their being!

Berardi with a spectacular effort... that comes to nothing

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Domenico Berardi attempts a bicycle kick from a good distance away, but it's way wide.

Both teams need to do something soon, otherwise we're headed into extra-time and potentially penalties.

Austria heaping the pressure...

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This is the best Austria have looked this tournament, miles away from their display against the Ukraine. For all the plaudits that Italy have earned for being early favourites, Austria should be part of that conversation too with the display they've shown this evening!

VAR check over – no penalty!

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Fifteen minutes left of regular time left to be played...

Austria claim penalty

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The Austria team are arguing for a penalty after a tussle in the box, but the ball looked to be offside anyway. VAR checking.

Insigne with a big chance

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Lorenzo Insigne does well with his first-time touch on the ball, but can't get a clean enough shot away, and the chance is fluffed.

Locatelli, wide

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And Italy with yet another shot, but this one didn't even meet the target. We've got about 20 minutes left of regular time, with both sides looking likely to score – and Austria have looked mighty impressive!

Sabitzer off target

2021-06-26T20:26:35Z

Austria are back at it again, with Marcel Sabitzer's shot going well wide. That offside Austria goal was coming, through, despite Italy also trying to make a break in the attack. What a time to be alive!

GOAL DISALLOWED! Italy 0-0 Austria

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It's been disallowed for offside after a VAR check.

Back to square one, then...

VAR has a check for offside

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We wait with bated breath...

GOAL! Italy 0-1 Austria

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WOW!!! Marko Arnautovic scores for Austria with a great header and could potentially break the hearts of all of Italy!!!

Big chance for Arnautovic

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It's Marko Arnautovic with yet another shot from close-range, but the Italy goalkeper saves comfortably.

Italy look to be making a change now...

Sabitzer's effort takes a deflection – wide

2021-06-26T20:21:20Z

And Austria are threatening again! This time it's Marcel Sabitzer whose shot is deflected, and it's just inches wide of the goal! It looked to be going wide regardless of the deflection, but it was still a dangerous ball.

Bonucci header wide

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Italy have a chance to score through a corner, and Leonardo Bonnucci comes up for it, but it's saved. WHERE ARE THE GOALS?!???

Italy fluff their shot!

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It's a great break in play by Lorenzo Insigne, who races up the pitch - but he makes the wrong decision to pass instead of simply going for goal himself, and David Alaba comes to Austria's rescue to clear the danger.

Spinazzola's shot blocked

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Italy keep asking and asking, but Austria are just too solid with their defensive efforts. There's no way through for the Azzurri at the moment.

Alaba with the free-kick, wide

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What a chance that was for the former Bayern Munich man, who's in a great position to take the free-kick but ultimately sees his effort go wide of the post.

Austria keep probing!

Arnautovic with a shot

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The forward does well to thread himself through the Italy defence, but can't manage to get hit shot away.

Close!

1,111 minutes

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Italy have now managed to not concede a goal for 1,111 minutes.

But can they make it count tonight?

And we're back underway for the second half!

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Here we go...

HT: Italy 0-0 Austria

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It's a goalless stalemate as we head into the break, after a lively performance by Italy that has somehow yielded no goals yet.

Arnautovic penalised for a push on Jorginho

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Uh oh...

Austria defending with their lives

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Italy have had plenty of good chances, but Austria have been solid in their defense, breaking down every burst of forward play and just doing an all-around job of keeping their opponents at bay. Still plenty of time left, though.

Immobile hits woodwork!

2021-06-26T19:34:10Z

WOW – what a chance that would've been! It's a wonderful shot by Ciro Immobile that has plenty of power, pace and dip, but it misses the net by just mere inches and hits the crossbar.

Pressure from Italy

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Italy have been looking increasingly dangerous, with Marco Verratti and Ciro Immobile having their shots on goal. Austria have been defending staunchly, but it looks like it's just a matter of time until the Azzurri finally find the breakthrough. The pressure is mounting.

Arnautovic with a shot from distance

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Marko Arnautovic finds a break in the Italy defence to spearhead the counter-attack, but his shot flies over the crossbar!

And another shot from Italy!

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It's Nicolo Barella with a great shot after some fantastic attacking work by Leonardo Spinazzola, but the goalkeeper makes a fantastic save to deny him!

Insigne with a shot, saved

2021-06-26T19:16:13Z

That was just too easy from Italy! Lorenzo Insigne thunders down the left side, which has been dangerous this tournament, and gets his shot away – but it's saved.

Italy with a first real chance

2021-06-26T19:12:13Z

It's been a pretty evenly distributed start from both sides, with Austria happy with how they've kept the Italy attack at bay.

Domenico Berard's shot is blocked, and that's the most Italy have really pressured the Austria goal after 10 minutes.

Lovely ball for Immobile

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That was a great pass for Ciro Immobile who looked to be on the verge of a break, but he loses it's footing and it's comfortably taken care of by Austria.

Casual reminder...

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... that Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

But it looks to be a new dawn for the Azzurri.

And we've kicked off!

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Here we go...

Man. What an anthem Fratelli d'Italia is.

Can Italy go all the way? 🇮🇹

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Roberto Mancini's dazzling Italy side have emerged as early favourites to take the Euro 2020 crown, and their perfect start to the tournament has done nothing but increase expectation. 

They Azzurri have been on record-breaking form, having played 17 hours and 35 minutes of football since they last conceded a goal.

It was Donny van de Beek who scored against the side for the Netherlands in a 1-1 draw in the Nations League in October.

Meanwhile, Italy are also on a 30-game unbeaten run – winning 25 games and drawing five – which has tied an 82-year old national team record. 

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Familiarise yourself with 'Fratelli d'Italia' 🎶

2021-06-26T18:50:12Z

Ahead of Italy's showdown against Austria in just a little bit, why not take the time to read up on their iconic anthem "Fratelli d'Italia"?

The Azzurri stars line up and belt out their anthem with gusto and the passion of the players as well as the rhythm of the song makes it stand out from the rest. 

The anthem's original title is Il Canto degli Italiani, which means "The Song of the Italians", but it is also known by the opening words of the song, Fratelli d'Italia, translation: Brothers of Italy.

Read the full story on Goal here.

Matteo Pessina Italy vs Wales Euro 2020
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🗣 Hjulmand: 'We had three games filled with enough emotion for an entire life'

2021-06-26T18:39:57Z

Kasper Hjulmand: "We had three games filled with enough emotion for an entire life. It shows the power we possess, both mental and physical." 🇩🇰

🗣 Bale: 'It's disappointing, that's all I can say'

2021-06-26T18:26:08Z

Gareth Bale: "It's not how we wanted the game to go, from our point of view we started very well and then the game changed.

"We tried to play in the second half but made a mistake to concede which killed the momentum on our side.

"To finish how we did is disappointing but the boys are frustrated and angry understandably, I'd prefer us to go out that way.

"If you play the ball through the back of someone it's a foul, I felt the ref was influenced by the supporters here.

"It's disappointing that's all I can say.

"We've missed an opportunity but I can't fault the effort and that's the minimum requirement, I'm proud of them still."

Has Gareth Bale just played his last game for Wales? 🤔

2021-06-26T18:13:55Z

The Real Madrid star was asked about his future – particularly his international future – in the post-match press conference, but he left before answering.

So who knows at this point, really!

What an emotional journey it's been for Denmark ❤️

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Not the impression Wales wanted to make

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Full-time ⏰

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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Wales 0-4 Denmark 🇩🇰

What a result for Denmark - they storm through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020!

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Goal for Denmark!

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It's given! 4-0 to Denmark!!! 🇩🇰

We are still waiting...

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....this is very, very close!

Goal is it?

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No! 

Martin Braithwaite strokes the ball into the net but he is ruled offside.

VAR is having a look though as it looked close.....

Red card! 🟥

2021-06-26T17:48:11Z

Harry Wilson is sent off!

It's all falling apart for Wales now - though it looks harsh to me. It was a cynical, late, frustrated hack on the Denmark player, but it didn't look dangerous.

 

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Goal for Denmark!

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It is three now!! And it's the impressive Joakim Maehle who has got it!

The Atalanta player collects the ball at the far post, cuts inside onto his left foot and blasts the ball into the roof of the net!

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Off the post!

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It should be three!

Denmark take a corner short and when the ball comes in Mathias Jensen's header hits the post and Martin Braithwaite cannot get the rebound on target!

Wales look tired and beaten - do they have anything left?

 

 

Martin Braithwaite takes....

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....but he fires it well over....

🟨 yellow card

2021-06-26T17:37:12Z

David Brooks has only been on the pitch a minute but he is booked already for crudely hacking down Andreas Cornelius as he sprinted towards goal.

Free-kick Denmark 25 yards out....

More subs

2021-06-26T17:33:49Z

Simon Kjaer cannot continue and is replaced by Joachim Andersen. Nicolai Boilesen also comes on for Jens Stryger Larsen.

For Wales, Kieffer Moore and Dan James are replaced by Tyler Roberts and David Brooks.

Will those changes make a difference? 13 minutes left for Wales to get back into it.

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Wales cannot break through

2021-06-26T17:31:27Z

Simon Kjaer has been a rock in the centre of defence for Denmark this tournament and he is once again in the right place to clear Gareth Bale's cross from the left.

Minutes later he goes down clutching his hamstring. He's not the only one, there looks to be some tired legs out there.

Standing ovation..👏

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..for Kasper Dolberg as he makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Andreas Cornelius.

His two goals look to have sent Denmark through to the last eight.

Close!

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Wow, it's very nearly 3-0 as Mathias Jensen's cross from the left very nearly curls in a the far post! Danny Ward was a full stretch and it may have even clipped the outside of the post on its way out.

Time for some changes

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Denmark: Mikkel Damsgaard and Thomas Delaney are replaced by Christian Norgaard and Mathias Jensen.

Wales: Harry Wilson is on for Joe Morrell

Another half chance for Wales

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Dan James collects the ball just inside the area and fires in a half-volley that is blocked by Andreas Christensen - though it looked to be going off target anyway.

Chance..

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...but wide!

Wales have an opportunity to get back into the game when Gareth Bale rises highest to meet a cross from the right, but his header drifts well wide.

Following in famous footsteps...

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Wales not happy

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They are complaining about a foul on Kieffer Moore in the build-up to the goal but to no avail, the goal stands and they have a mountain to climb.
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Goal for Denmark! 🇩🇰

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It's Kasper Dolberg again!! But it's some disastrous defending by Wales.

Martin Braithwaite breaks into the right-hand side of the area and fizzes in a low cross that Neco Williams can only clear right into the path of Dolberg, who blasts the ball past Danny Ward!

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Second half!

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We are under way again!  🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿  🇩🇰

Denmark deservedly ahead

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After a bright start, it turned into something of a nightmare half for Wales.

Denmark slowly grew into the game and deservedly took the lead thanks to a fine strike from Kasper Dolberg. They carried that momentum through the rest of the half and they could have easily added to their lead.

To make things worse for Wales, Connor Roberts was forced off with what looked like a groin injury.

Plenty of work ahead for Robert Page at half-time.

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Half-time ⏰

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Wales 0-1 Denmark
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Into stoppage time

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Another chance for Denmark as Joakim Maehle's effort from a tight angle is pushed behind by Danny Ward.

Two minutes will be added on at the end of the half. You suspect Wales are desperate to get into that dressing room to regroup.

Sub for Wales

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Connor Roberts cannot continue, he is replaced by Neco Williams.

Another booking 🟨

2021-06-26T16:39:52Z

This time for Kieffer Moore, who caught Simon Kjaer with his elbow on his way down after winning the ball in the air.

Looked harsh to me. It's Moore's second booking of the tournament though so if Wales make it through he will be suspended for the quarter-final.

Injury for Wales

2021-06-26T16:37:34Z

This doesn't look good for Wales.

Connor Roberts goes sprinting after the ball down the right touchline, fails to get there and goes down holding his groin. He is down getting treatment off the pitch, but it seems like he will not be able to continue.

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Denmark dangerous from distance

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Denmark now on top

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The Johan Cruijff Arena is buzzing now after that goal!

Denmark nearly score again as Mikkel Damsgaard does well down the left and his low cross is flicked towards goal by Dolberg, but Danny Ward does well to save at close range.

Wales need to try and draw the sting out of the game for the next 10 minutes or risk falling further behind.

Goal for Denmark! 🇩🇰

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What a strike by Kasper Dolberg!!

The Nice forward collects the ball just outside the box, opens up his body bends a lovely strike around two Wales defenders and beyond the dive of Danny Ward!

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Yellow card 🟨

2021-06-26T16:25:26Z

Joe Rodon is the first player to be booked for dragging Kasper Dolberg to the floor as the Denmark forward looked to break.

Rodon isn't happy but I'm not sure he can have many complaints about that.

Denmark respond

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A first bit of sustained pressure from Denmark as they win a string of corners in quick succession. Wales stand strong though, with striker Kieffer Moore proving to be equally effective as a defender.

Ramsey again

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...there's another half-chance for Aaron Ramsey, who collects Gareth Bale's searching pass and fires in a shot from the edge of the box that deflects off a defender and very nearly falls into the path of Kieffer Moore, but Kasper Schmeichel is quick off his line to claim.

Bright start this by Wales.

Wales on top 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

2021-06-26T16:11:01Z

This has been a confident start by Wales, with the pace of Dan James causing Denmark problems down the left. A cross into the box then sparks a wild scramble as Aaron Ramsey's shot is blocked, before a Denmark defender somehow manages to clear.

Close!

2021-06-26T16:07:54Z

Kasper Dolberg does well to skip away from Joe Morrell but sends a wild shot way off target and over the bar.

Minutes later, Gareth Bale cuts inside from the right and fires in a fizzing effort that swerves just wide of Kasper Schmeichel's right-hand post!

A warning for Denmark!

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Bright start from both teams

2021-06-26T16:04:42Z

There's a wonderful atmosphere inside the Johan Cruijff Arena, with both teams starting on the front foot.

Wales win an early corner that's lofted to the far post, but Jannik Vestergaard does well to head clear.

Kick-off ⏰

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Let's go! 

Eriksen tribute

2021-06-26T15:59:08Z

There was a tribute to Christian Eriksen before kick-off, with a giant shirt bearing his name laid out on the pitch.
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Kick-off on the way

2021-06-26T15:58:02Z

Two stirring renditions of the respective national anthems and we are good to go.

A reminder of the two teams:

Denmark: Schmeichel; Christensen, Kjaer, Vestergaard; Stryger Larsen, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Maehle; Damsgaard, Dolberg, Braithwaite.

Wales: Ward; C. Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, B. Davies; Allen, Morrell; Bale, Ramsey, James; Moore.

Here come the teams...

2021-06-26T15:53:52Z

A decent number of Wales fans have managed to make it to Amsterdam - though they are vastly outnumbered by Denmark supporters.

A busy evening for Danny Ward?

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Emotion driving Denmark on

2021-06-26T15:42:48Z

It has been a hugely emotional few weeks for the Denmark players, who had to deal with the shock of team-mate Christian Eriksen collapsing on the pitch during their opening group game against Finland.

Thankfully the Inter midfielder is recovering and the emotion of that day looks to have brought the squad closer together - culminating in that stunning 4-1 win against Russia that sealed their place in the knockout stages.

They will take some beating this evening.

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Denmark fans making their voices heard

2021-06-26T15:36:03Z

Covid restrictions mean Wales fans have been unable to make the trip to Amsterdam - unlike their Danish counterparts, who are making themselves heard ahead of kick-off! 🗣️ 🎵  💥
 

'Don’t underestimate the character of a Welshman'

2021-06-26T15:27:25Z

Interim Wales manager Robert Page has warned anyone who may underestimate his side in the knockout stages.

Page also commended the team for expertly managing travel and Covid-19 precautions to this point, and he feels they can continue to exceed expectations behind star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

"I’m really proud of the group and I’m looking forward to the last 16," Page said. "It’s phenomenal, the character we have in the changing room. Don’t underestimate the character of a Welshman.

“It’s not been easy because we’ve had to go to Baku [to play Switzerland and Turkey], travel to Italy and now we’re going to Amsterdam.

“On paper, it seems like a great idea to have it all over Europe but logistically it is an absolute nightmare. And then you throw Covid into the mix as well."

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Three changes for Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Two for Denmark 🇩🇰

2021-06-26T15:16:32Z

Wales make three changes to the side beaten by Italy in their final group game last weekend. 

Chris Mepham, Ben Davies and Kieffer Moore all return after being rested against Italy. Chris Gunter and Neco Williams drop to the bench, while Ethan Ampadu is suspended after his dismissal against the Italians.

Denmark make two changes to the team which beat Russia 4-1 in midweek. Wing-back Jens Stryger Larsen comes in Daniel Wass and forward Kasper Dolberg replaces Yusuff Poulsen.

Team news

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First up, let's take a look at the two teams....

Welcome back!

2021-06-26T15:04:34Z

After a whole TWO DAYS without matches (how long did that feel?) Euro 2020 resumes with the first two quarter-finals.

Later on we will see Italy against Austria at Wembley. First, though, it's Wales versus Denmark.

It should be a cracker! 🔥

Yussuf Poulsen, Denmark
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