Wales have gone from the individuals’s favourites to potential occasion poopers within the area of two European Championships.
Once they tackle Denmark within the final 16 of Euro 2020 on Saturday, solely Welsh individuals 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 concern 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 phases.
And whereas Saturday’s 5pm conflict will happen in Amsterdam, it is going to really feel like a house match for the Danes.
The United Kingdom is just not on Holland’s protected record of nations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which primarily bans Wales followers from attending.
Denmark isn’t on the record 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 on account of Brexit.
Travelling Danish followers are anticipated to make up round 1 / 4 of the 16,000 crowd on the Johan Cruyff Enviornment – and you’ll wager the Dutch locals in attendance shall be Denmark supporters for the day.
Eriksen, after all, is a product of the Ajax academy and spent 5 years on the Johan Cruyff Enviornment, the place he stays fondly remembered.
And apart from the entire world’s help, a newly-inspired Denmark enter the last-16 crammed 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 loads of the blokes I believe 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 vital.”
Anybody who eliminates Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer and co. will discover themselves reasonably unpopular in Amsterdam.
That’s new for Wales – who turned everybody’s favorite underdogs in France at Euro 2016, progressing all the way in which to the semi-finals, buoyed on by hundreds 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 reside on talkSPORT this Saturday, kick-off 5pm