Wales player ratings: Gareth Bale and Dan James disappoint in 4-0 Denmark defeat


    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. Yet in truth, this was undoubtedly their worst performance at Euro 2020 as they failed to lay a glove on the Danes in Amsterdam.

    Kasper Dolberg scored twice for his side to do the damage as he notched a goal in both halves to send Wales packing.

    Rob Page’s men starting the game so brightly and had a few half chances including a venomous strike from Gareth Bale that flew just wide.

    However, once Dolberg smashed home the opener from just outside the area, Wales never really looked like scoring despite remaining in the game.

    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.

    Wales can hold their heads high for the way they have attacked this competition in difficult circumstances (losing Ryan Giggs) but they cannot argue that they were second best in Amsterdam as Denmark inflicted more misery in the final stages of the game.

    Joakim Maehle made it 3-0 before Harry Wilson saw red. Martin Braithwaite then added another for the Danes in cruel fashion…

    Here is how the Wales players rated in the 4-0 defeat…

    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 either goal.

    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

    Replaced 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 captaitlise. He played 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.

    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.


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