Wales have someway gone from the folks’s favourites to potential occasion poopers within the house of two European Championships.
Once they tackle Denmark within the final 16 of Euro 2020 on Saturday, solely Welsh folks will need their nation to win.
The remainder of the sporting world shall be behind the Danes, who’re using on pure spirit following the collapse of Christian Eriksen within the first match.
Scenes of misery and worry in Copenhagen throughout that opening recreation towards Finland have been changed with jubilation and ecstasy as a shocking 4-1 victory over Russia booked their place within the knockout levels.
And whereas Saturday’s 5pm conflict will happen in Amsterdam, it should really feel like a house match for the Danes.
The United Kingdom shouldn’t be on Holland’s protected listing of nations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which basically bans Wales followers from attending.
Denmark isn’t on the listing both, however their European Union membership entitles their supporters to exemption from entry guidelines and quarantine necessities, as long as they spend lower than 12 hours within the Netherlands.
Wales get no such privilege because of Brexit.
Travelling Danish followers are anticipated to make up round 1 / 4 of the 16,000 crowd on the Johan Cruyff Area – and you may guess the Dutch locals in attendance shall be Denmark supporters for the day.
Eriksen, in fact, is a product of the Ajax academy and spent 5 years on the Johan Cruyff Area, the place he stays fondly remembered.
And apart from the entire world’s help, a newly-inspired Denmark enter the last-16 stuffed with a way of hope and future after visiting their talisman, who was just lately discharged from hospital after being fitted with a heart-starter machine.
Kasper Schmeichel informed CNN on Friday: “It was nice to see him. That helped quite a lot of the blokes I feel simply to see him and erase the final picture we had of him on the pitch.
“To see him in actual life and to see that he was okay…it was actually essential.”
Anybody who eliminates Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer and co. will discover themselves slightly unpopular in Amsterdam.
That’s new for Wales – who grew to become everybody’s favorite underdogs in France at Euro 2016, progressing all the best way to the semi-finals, buoyed on by 1000’s of travelling Dragons.
This time, they’ll need to play the lonely villains to safe one other crack at Euros glory.
Wales vs Denmark within the final 16 of Euro 2020 is dwell on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 5pm