Derby County duo unable to stop Wales from suffering crunch Nations League defeat

Derby County duo unable to stop Wales from suffering crunch Nations League defeat

Wales 1-2 Denmark RECAP: Ryan Giggs side miss out on Nations League promotion

Our man Stuart James has filed his match report from Cardiff, where Denmark have beaten Wales in the Nations League. Thats all from me. Thanks for reading. Night!

Gareth Bale speaks! We had good chances that maybe we could have taken on another day, the Wales forward says. We had a lifeline at the end. Tried to get it forward. Maybe rushed it a little bit.

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Theres to be no famous comeback from Wales despite that late goal from Gareth Bale. Denmark, who took control thanks to goals from Nicolai Jorgensen and Martin Braithwaite, have won Group B4 and relegated the Republic of Ireland in the process. Wales gave it everything, but they lacked composure in both boxes against a good side.

Its all over. Thats a huge win for the Netherlands, who have deservedly seen off the world champions thanks to goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay, giving them a chance to reach the Nations League finals when they host Germany on Monday. Oh, and if that wasnt enough, this win for the Dutch means Germany have been relegated. Ouch.

Moussa Sissokos poor touch gives Frenkie de Jong a chance to nip in and win the ball. Sissoko compounds his error by tripping De Jong!

Or is it? A hopeful long ball from Ashley Williams runs through to Bale, who controls brilliantly and rounds Schmeichel before slotting into the empty net. There are likely to be five added minutes.

Gareth Bale rounds Schmeichel before slotting home. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 9.38pm GMT

After all that nonsense, Denmark dust themselves down and Braithwaite makes the game safe. A throw-in from the rights somehow allowed to bounce to Braithwaite, who takes a touch before whacking a rising shot into the top corner. Ampadu was dozing. The group should be Denmarks.

Tempers are frayed in Cardiff. Age Hareide and Ryan Giggs are having words on the touchline, the two coaches clashing after Ethan Ampadu, enraged by a nasty challenge from Kasper Dolberg a few minutes ago, picks up a booking for a slightly ridiculous foul.

Connor Roberts clashes with Kasper Dolberg after his foul. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters Updated at 9.35pm GMT

It is now 5-2 to Armenia, but Gibraltar have scored twice in a competitive game for only second time in their history. Adam Priestley, of Ossett United, scores their second.

Its Gareth Bale. He takes that familiar run-up and wobbles a brilliant effort over the wall and towards the top-left corner. Yet Schmeichels behind it all the way and the Denmark goalkeeper leaps to make a superb save. Wales cant believe it.

Delaney picks up a booking for bringing down Harry Wilson. A free-kick to Wales in a promising position. Wilson or Bale?

Denmark counter and Eriksen slips a disguised pass through to Poulsen, who lashes over. That should have ended up in the back of the Welsh net.

Virgil Van Dijks error almost lets in Antoine Griezmann, but the France forward cant bring the ball under his spell. Up the other end, Hugo Lloris mkakes two more outstanding saves from Memphis Depay.

Hugo Lloris keeps France in the game, beating Memphis Depays low free-kick to safety. A fine save from the France goalkeeper.

Over in Rotterdam, the Netherlands still lead 1-0 against France, who arent doing much. As it stands, Germany are getting relegated. Its not been their year.

Now Roberts goes down in the Denmark area, claiming a push from Andreas Christensen. The Welsh appeals are waved away.

With Wales pressing for an equaliser, the unmarked Roberts heads wide from eight yards. That was a decent chance.

Gibraltar were beating Armenia 1-0. Yura Movsisyan has responded by scoring four goals for Armenia, who lead 4-1.

A red smoke bomb has been thrown on to the pitch in Cardiff. Im not sure the home fans have helped their team with that banter.

Tyler Roberts is surrounded by red smoke. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters Updated at 9.19pm GMT

The Slovakia players celebrates Adam Zrelaks goal. Photograph: Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters Updated at 9.10pm GMT

Brooks twists and turns and tries to curl one into the top corner from 20 yards. Schmeichel watches it float wide.

An email! Your post on the Holland-France greatest final that never happened and link to highlights of their Euro 2000 group-stage clash at the Amsterdam Arena reminded me of this photo, taken by the German photographer Andreas Gursky and turned into a work of art, Peter Oh says. I remember seeing it in its full glory at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art about 15 years ago.

Another problem for Wales at the back: James Chester has a knee injury. On comes Chelseas Ethan Ampadu.

Here come Wales, Bale surging down the right and swerving a cross into the midfield. Under pressure from the flying Schmeichel, Brooks somehow volleys over!

Nicolai Jorgensens goal means that the visitors have a deserved lead at the break. If it stays like this theyll have Group B4 wrapped up.

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“Denmark performed well at the World Cup, they beat Wales in the reverse fixture, and they are an incredibly solid outfit.”

A frustrating week didnt get any better last night, as Belgiums 2-0 win over Iceland (powered by a brace from Michy Batshuayi) left us just one goal short. No waffles for us this morning.

Were off to Wales for a cracker in the Nations League, as Denmark visit the principality. Wales know a win will guarantee promotion to the top flight, and boost their chances of making to the finals of Euro 2020. However, a defeat would hand promotion to Denmark, and a draw would give the Danes the chance to snatch top spot with a home win over the Republic of Ireland, who have been the whipping boys of the group.

Wales managed to beat the Irish in Dublin without star performers Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, and now that both players are fit theyll feel they can get the victory they need. However, they were recently smacked by Spain, and since Ryan Giggs took charge, Wales have only beaten China and the Republic of Ireland.

As good as a Bale-inspired Wales can be, Denmark are an incredibly solid outfit. Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is their talisman, and he scored twice in a 2-0 win over Wales in Aarhus in the reverse fixture. The Danes got to the knockout phase of the World Cup, and were eliminated on penalties by Croatia. They didnt lose inside 90 minutes throughout the tournament.

The only official game Denmark have lost in 90 minutes since a 1-0 loss to Montenegro in October 2016 was a 3-0 loss in Slovakia this year. That was an anomaly, because Denmark fielded a team of amateurs and futsal players after a dispute between the elite players and the Danish FA.

If you look at Denmarks results in World Cup qualification, they smashed the Republic of Ireland 5-1, they hammered Poland 4-0, and whenever they were put under pressure they excelled. Although the loss of centre-back Simon Kjaer to injury is a blow, Chelseas Andreas Christensen is a classy replacement.

Denmark are a better team than Wales, but the battle of the past and present Tottenham stars could decide the contest. Bale has scored four goals in his last six appearances at this level, but that included a hat-trick against a poor Chinese side. Eriksens four goals in six clashes include a goal against Australia at the World Cup, and the double that downed Wales.

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