It simply wasn’t to be for Wales who were knocked out of the European Championships with a whimper in Holland against the impressive Denmark, despite a spirited collective effort at the tournament in the past two weeks. Yet this was undoubtedly their worst performance at Euro 2020 as they failed to lay a glove on the Danes, who ran riot in Amsterdam with a performance to make Christian Eriksen proud.
Kasper Dolberg scored twice for his side in either half to leave Wales with a mountain to climb.
Rob Page’s men started the game so brightly and had a few half chances including a venomous strike from Gareth Bale that flew just wide of the mark.
However, once Dolberg smashed home the opener from just outside the area, Wales never really looked like scoring despite remaining in the game for the best part of 88 minutes.
The Nice forward did add a second immediately after the break as Bale and Aaron Ramsey struggled to inspire their side as they have done on so many occasions.
Joakim Maehle then sealed the game with two minutes to go before Harry Wilson was sent off in harsh fashion, despite a lazy tackle.
Barcelona forward and former Middlesbrough man Martin Braithwaite then added a fourth in stoppage time.
Wales can hold their heads high for the way they have attacked this competition in difficult circumstances – losing their manager Ryan Giggs – but they cannot argue that they were second best in Amsterdam.
Here’s how the Welsh players rated in the 4-0 defeat to Denmark…
Danny Ward – 6
Didn’t look as convincing as he has in previous rounds but still done the job. Not much he could have done about any of the goals.
Connor Roberts – 6
The Swansea man, who netted against Turkey, was left heartbroken as he pulled up with a groin injury.
He tried to soldier on but one burst up the touchline shortly after receiving treatment was enough to end his afternoon. Repacked by Neco Williams.
Joe Rodon – 6
Booked for grabbing Kasper Dolberg, who found the net for the opener minutes later. Otherwise generally defended well.
Chris Mepham – 7
A half-chance flashed before his eyes from a loose ball inside five minutes but Wales were unlucky not to capitalise. Defended very well otherwise.
Ben Davies – 5
Sturdy game but Denmark always looks a threat down the right.
Smashed into his Tottenham team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the second half but carried on. Sold down the river for Maehle’s goal.
Joe Morrell – 5
Tidy game from the Luton man but it was men against boys in the middle of the park at times.
Aaron Ramsey – 5
Saw a snapshot blocked by his own team-mate, Gareth Bale, in the first half.
Struggled to get up the field and pose a threat in the Danish penalty area, as we have seen on other occasions in this tournament. Passing was poor in decisive moments.
Joe Allen – 6
Busy but failed to real impact the game. Had a shot blocked in the second half.
Gareth Bale – 4
Fired a fierce shot just wide of the mark in the first half but besides that, quiet by his standards.
Poached a header ahead of Kieffer Moore with Wales 2-0 down. Should have left it for the striker. Was barely involved besides that.
Daniel James – 5
Ball just escaped him in the early stages of the game when he was slipped through on the flank.
Didn’t really get the chance to open his legs and cause problems in behind Denmark, who defended and organised well.
Will be frustrated with his lack of involvement.
Kieffer Moore – 5
Booked and will of missed the quarter-finals anyway.
Won his headers but will also be agitated by the lack of quality service.
Often found himself feeding off scraps but his touch wasn’t as good as required.
Neco Williams – 3
Gave away the second goal. A harsh lesson for the Liverpool youngster.
Harry Wilson – 2
Tyler Roberts – 5
Didn’t touch the ball much.
David Brooks – 5
Hacked down Andreas Cornelius.