Eriksen double lifts Denmark over Wales
Christian Eriksen scored twice to lead Denmark to a 2-0 win over Wales in their Nations League opener on Sunday, ending a week of turmoil for the national team on a high note.
The Danish FA (DBU) was forced to field a scratch side made up of third-tier and futsal players for Wednesday’s friendly against Slovakia following a contract dispute over image rights with the regular internationals who helped Denmark reach the last 16 in this year’s World Cup.
The Welsh fans chanted “you’re only here for the money” but that did not faze the Danes as Eriksen scored the opening goal after half an hour with a low shot into the bottom left corner of the net.
Eriksen added the second with a 63rd-minute penalty following a handball by Wales defender Ethan Ampadu.
Welsh captain Gareth Bale went close to pulling a goal back in the 83rd minute when his deflected shot forced Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel into an acrobatic save.
Wales manager Ryan Giggs was disappointed with the first goal his team conceded.
Hareide also praised his main playmaker and thought his rested players had more energy than their opponents.
“We’ve seen so many teams try to lock him (Eriksen) down but they lose him when he comes around the box and that is his big advantage as a footballer,” he said.
“There is no doubt that our legs were fresher than the Welshmen.”