Former Denmark winners, who lost star playmaker Eriksen in their opener, face Wales in the round of 16.
Or: Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
When: Saturday June 26
Start: 4:00 p.m. GMT
Wales face Denmark in Amsterdam in the first leg of Euro 2020 round of 16, dreaming of repeating their run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals after moving from Group A behind the Italian leader.
Denmark, meanwhile, overcame the shock and trauma of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in their opener against Finland to advance to the knockout stage as Group B second team despite the defeat of his first two matches.
After having been resurrected on the ground in Copenhagen, Eriksen spent six days in hospital after his collapse, undergoing surgery to have a defibrillator implanted.
“We had a very traumatic experience and the same night we continued to play. We played one of the best teams in the world [Belgium] a few days later and we beat Russia playing very hard, ”said coach Kasper Hjulmand.
“It shows the power we have, both physical and mental.”
“We have had enough crazy days in Copenhagen with emotion for a full life,” Hjulmand said. “We are playing in Christian Eriksen’s former homeland and we will give everything,” he said, referring to Amsterdam, home of Ajax Amsterdam and former Eriksen club.
The Danes aim to win a knockout match at the European Championship for the first time since they surprised the continent by winning the trophy in 1992.
It has been exactly 29 years since Denmark beat Germany in the final in Gothenburg after qualifying only because war-torn Yugoslavia disintegrated.
Wales, meanwhile, will be denied proper travel assistance to Amsterdam, with fans banned from entering the Netherlands from the UK.
The travel ban does not apply to supporters coming from Denmark, which, like the Netherlands, is part of the European Union.
“We have been in situations where the teams are favorites or have more support, against Turkey [in Baku] they had 18,000 in the stadium so it doesn’t make any difference. When it comes to kick-starting, it’s just us, the players on the pitch, ”said captain Gareth Bale.