Gareth Bale unimpressed with Wales’ underdog status ahead of Euro 2020 final game against Denmark | Football news

Gareth Bale says Wales are used to being overlooked, with Euro 2020 knockout rivals Denmark being supported across Europe following Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

Midfielder Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in Denmark’s tournament opener against Finland and is currently recovering at home.

Denmark advanced to the knockout stage on a wave of emotion and became most people’s ‘second team’, but captain Bale said the underdog position is familiar in Wales.

Christian Eriksen is recovering from his release from hospital

“It’s to be expected anyway,” the Real Madrid forward said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game in Amsterdam.

“We’re still the underdogs and used to this tag. It doesn’t make any difference to us.”

Bale said the Welsh side have sent their support to Eriksen since the 29-year-old Inter Milan collapsed at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 12.

Danish fans display banners for Christian Eriksen, the Danish player who collapsed during the game against Finland on Saturday June 12, during the Euro 2020 group B soccer match between Denmark and Belgium, in the Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Thursday June 17th.  2021. (Wolfgang Rattay, Pool via AP)
Denmark gained worldwide support after Eriksen’s cardiac arrest

“Obviously we understand the situation that has arisen with them and we have sent our best wishes to Christian,” Bale said.

“What a great job the Denmark team did with that. But on match day tomorrow it will be just us and them on the pitch, and I hope we can put in a great performance and get the job done. “

Denmark achieved a Nations League brace against Wales in 2018 when the two countries last met, winning 2-0 in Aarhus and 2-1 in Cardiff.

Rob Page (AP)


Wales interim manager Rob Page has said he has known for some time which team he will select to face Denmark in the round of 16 of the European Championships.

Bale said: “It’s another big challenge. We know that Denmark are a very good team, very well organized and have very good players.

“So they won’t be underestimated by us. We’ll be ready to kick off and put in a big performance.”

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