Cymru 1-2 Denmark
- Denmark knock Cymru off the top of the group
- Cian Ashford scores for Cymru
- Lithuania next opponents in March
Denmark pushed Cymru off the top of their qualifying group for the UEFA Under 21 Championship following a 2-1 win at Rodney Parade. Matty Jones will feel that his team deserved something from this encounter however, as both teams put on an entertaining display.
Some lovely play from Denmark created the opportunity for them to take an early lead in the match as Tobias Bech finished off a wonderful flowing move in the attacking third of the pitch. The move deserved a goal and Bech delivered.
Play was end to end throughout the match and Luke Harris came very close to levelling matters when he got on the end of a corner with a header. Unfortunately for Harris and Cymru, the ball hit the top of the crossbar.
Danish goalkeeper Flip Jørgensen was called into action on several occasions throughout the game and pulled off some fine saves. One of those saves denied Charlie Savage a goal from a powerful shot and another stopped Joe Taylor from equalising.
Cymru were deserving of an equaliser but with time running out it was Denmark who scored next as Oliver Nielsen put the ball over the line from a free kick. Cymru goalkeeper Ed Beach protested that he was fouled but the appeal was waved away by the match referee.
Deep into added time, Cymru scored a consolation goal with the final kick of the game. After being awarded a free kick for an off the ball incident, Colwill strikes at goal and Jorgensen pulls off an unbelievable save stretching high to his left. He was unable to keep the rebound out though as Ashford hit the back of the net.
Cymru are now second in the group, level on points with Denmark. The team will return to action in March at home against Lithuania.