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‘Gave us wings’: Denmark advance in Amsterdam, Italy through to quarters

Denmark’s Joakim Maehle celebrates with fans.

Denmark’s Joakim Maehle celebrates with fans.Credit:AP

He took a pass from Mikkel Damsgaard in the 27th minute and cut infield from the left before curling a right-foot shot into the far corner. He doubled the lead in the 48th minute when he scored with a low shot after Neco Williams’ attempted clearance went straight to him.

“I think we have a star striker in Kasper,” Hjulmand said.

Dolberg became the first Danish player to score at least twice in a match at a major tournament since Nicklas Bendtner against Portugal at Euro 2012.

“Today when we were walking … to the stadium I felt that it was something very, very special for me,” Dolberg said. “Today everything feels right.”

Harry Wilson was sent off in the 90th minute for a foul on Maehle as Wales slumped to its worst loss in a competitive match since being beaten 6-1 by Serbia in September 2012.

“We’re all hurting. We didn’t want our supporters to watch us going out like that,” Wales coach Rob Page said, adding he believed there was a foul on Kieffer Moore in the build-up to the second Denmark goal.

Wales managed only one shot on target in the entire match. Denmark had eight.

The Danes will next play either the Netherlands or the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals in Baku.

Subs help Italy past Austria in extra time

Substitutes Federico Chiesa and Matteo Pessina both scored in extra time to give Italy a 2-1 victory over Austria and a spot in the quarter-finals.

An unmarked Chiesa brought down Leonardo Spinazzola’s high cross with his head, controlled the bouncing ball with his right boot and then used his other foot to shoot low into the net in the fifth minute of extra time.

The Italians celebrate advancing to the quarter-finals.

The Italians celebrate advancing to the quarter-finals.Credit:AP

Pessina, who came on midway through the second half, sent the ball into the far corner of the net in the 115th minute.

With the win at Euro 2020, Italy set national team records with their 12th straight victory and 31st straight match unbeaten.

Italy also set a world record for minutes played without conceding a goal in international soccer. The previous record was also Italy’s and was set with goalkeeper Dino Zoff in the team. The Italians went 1143 minutes between 1972 and 1974 without allowing a goal.

But Italy soon conceded for the first time in 1168 minutes, from a set piece in the 114th minute when Sasa Kalajdzic headed the ball in from a corner.

Italy will next play either defending champions Portugal or Belgium in the quarter-finals in Munich.

AP

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