Wales manager Ryan Giggs has said that his team should learn from Denmark’s discipline. Wales’s chances of promotion to League A of the 2020-21 Nations League ended after a 1-2 defeat to Denmark at Cardiff last night. Nicolai Jorgensen gave Denmark the lead in the 42nd minute before Martin Brathwaite doubled it late in the 88th minute. Moments after Brathwaite’s goal, Gareth Bale scored a goal which turned out to be a mere consolation.
The win meant that Denmark gained promotion to League A of the 2020-21 Nations League while Republic of Ireland suffered relegation. Wales will remain in League B of the 2020-21 Nations League.
This was Wales’ second consecutive home defeat, having lost 1-4 to Spain last month. Wales had plenty of chances throughout the match but a well-organised Danish defence kept them at bay.
Following the match, Giggs said, “I’m proud of the lads, they kept going to the end, they excited me and the crowd. You see David Brooks taking players on, it’s exciting. But we need to learn the other side, the discipline that Denmark are so good at. But they’ve been together a long time.
They don’t give away many goals, so when they go a goal up very rarely do they give away the game, and they’re disciplined. Up until [they scored] it was even, we had a few headers go beyond the post and a couple of injuries.”
Wales end their Nations League campaign with two wins against Ireland and as many defeats against Denmark. He said, “They’ve been good games, the two wins against Ireland were the highlights, they were very different games, amd Denmark, who started off favourites, rightly so with their quality. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s gone right to the last game, unfortunately we didn’t [win promotion], but we’ll dust ourselves down and we’ve got a big game on Tuesday in Albania.”
Wales’ next match is a friendly against Albania at Elbasan on Tuesday. Albania take on Scotland in a do or die Nations League battle.