Wales captain Gareth Bale thinks that the second penalty that Wales conceded was a harsh one. Wales lost their UEFA Nations League match against Denmark 2-0. Denmark entered the game at Aarhus as the underdogs because of a dispute between the contry’s footballing association and the players’ union and because they lost 3-0 to Slovakia just a few days back.
However, it was Denmark who took the lead in the 32nd minute thanks to talisman Christian Eriksen. The Danes won a penalty in the 63rd minute and Eriksen added a second.
After the match, Bale said, ”It wasn’t a penalty. It was very soft and it made it more difficult for us being 2-0 down and away from home. We played well in phases and they were a bit more fresher but we come out positively with a lot of things to work on. We’re a tight-knit unit and we’ll carry on as normal.”
Wales manager Ryan Giggs also thought that the penalty was a tad unfair. He said, “It’s the same thing with handballs. We can argue it all day long; it’s never clear, it’s very often just opinion. Is there movement of the arm? I don’t think so. Is it in an unnatural place? I don’t think so. You can get them or they can go against you. It was disappointing, especially because we were really in the game and had started the game so well.”
Giggs also defended the decision of giving the captain’s armband to Gareth Bale. He said, “We have a lot of candidates for the captaincy but I just felt he was the most experienced player and he leads by example. Also he is very vocal in the dressing room, when Gareth speaks, especially the younger players listen. It wasn’t difficult as there is plenty of candidates like Chris Gunter and Aaron Ramsey but I thought Gareth was best suited for the role out of all of the rest of the players.”
Wales’ next Nations League fixture is against Ireland at Dublin next month.