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Kasper Dolberg brace powers Denmark to 4-0 win vs. Wales, Danes advance to quarterfinals

Denmark’s up-and-coming Kasper Dolberg was dominant in Saturday’s first knockout round match.

Kasper Dolberg of Denmark celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Round of 16 match between Wales and Denmark at Johan Cruijff Arena on June 26, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Denmark cleared the group stage of the 2021 European Championship’s group stage despite starting off the tournament with two straight losses but did not disappoint in the round of 16 on Saturday. The Danes took down Wales to kick off the weekend and outscored the opposition 4-0. An unexpectedly classy performance from Kasper Dolberg paved the way for Denmark.

Wales got off to a strong start and brought the fight to Denmark in the opening 15 minutes of the match. However, panic set in when Dolberg curved a shot into the side netting in the 27th minute. The 23-year-old forward helped Denmark secure a 1-0 lead at the break and opened up the second half with another goal in the 48th minute.

Wales brought on more attack-minded players after going down 2-0 but Tyler Roberts, Harry Wilson, and David Brooks couldn’t do much to stop the onslaught. Wilson was sent off for a reckless tackle following an 88th-minute goal from Joakim Mæhle, and Martin Braithwaite netted the fourth and final goal four minutes into stoppage time.

Denmark will face the winner of Sunday’s Netherlands-Czech Republic game in the quarterfinals.