Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) and Denmark's forward Yussuf Poulsen.
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) and Denmark's forward Yussuf Poulsen.
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Amsterdam: Wales take on Denmark in the opening Euro 2020 round of 16 tie in Amsterdam on Saturday.

After three emotional European Championship matches in Copenhagen, Denmark will next play in a city that Christian Eriksen once called home. at the at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday, a stadium where Eriksen is fondly remembered by Ajax fans as a stylish midfield playmaker from 2010-13 before his transfer to Tottenham.

Denmark lost its first Euro 2020 match to Finland 1-0 after Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest on the field and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. The Danes also lost to Belgium before beating Russia 4-1 to finish second in Group B and advance to knockout rounds.

Wales were on a high after following up their opening draw with Switzerland with a fine 2-0 victory against Turkey. Even losing to Italy in their final Group A game will not have dampened the belief that they can make their mark in the knockout stage again, having reached the semi-finals in 2016.

Now Wales is hoping it can build up the same kind of momentum that carried it to the semifinals of Euro 2016, where it lost to eventual champion Portugal 2-0.

Kasper Hjulmand, Denmark coach: "We have prepared well and feel totally ready for all scenarios. All in all, we are well prepared and are looking forward to it." Players on both sides should have a good idea what to expect from one another - Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward both play for Premier League club Leicester, while Ben Davies and Joe Rodon are Tottenham teammates with Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Bale also played on loan for the London club last season.

The winner of Saturday's match will head to Baku, where Wales is undefeated in two matches at this tournament, to face either the Netherlands or the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals on July 3.

Predicted line-ups

Wales: Ward; Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, B Davies; Morrell, Allen; Bale, Ramsey, James; Moore

Suspended: Ampadu

Misses next match if booked: Allen, Davies, Gunter, Mepham, Moore

Bale's highlights against Turkey

Denmark: Schmeichel; Mæhle, Vestergaard, Kjær, Christensen, Wass; Højbjerg, Delaney; Poulsen, Damsgaard, Braithwaite

Misses next match if booked: Damsgaard, Delaney, Jensen, Wass

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