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Yalla Shoot :Denmark U21 2-2 Wales U21: Rubin Colwill penalty brace earns visitors draw against nine-man hosts

Matty Jones looks on as Wales prepare for the game
Matty Jones, the former Wales international, replaced Paul Bodin as Wales U21s manager in September, 2022

Rubin Colwill scored two penalties to earn Wales an opening 2025 European Under-21 Championship qualifier draw against nine-man Denmark, the Group I favourites.

The hosts struck first from the spot through Maurits Kjaergaard.

Colwill replied after Lucas Hey was sent off for the desperate handball that blocked the Welshman’s shot.

But after his second penalty, Oliver Provstgaard headed Denmark level before Alexander Busch also saw red.

After Busch’s exit for a rash challenge on Josh Thomas in the 80th minute, Wales could not take advantage.

Wales’ best late chance fell to Charlie Savage, on for Cardiff City’s Wales senior international Colwill, but he saw a good chance to regain the lead for the visitors superbly blocked by goalkeeper Philip Jorgensen.

It was new manager Matty Jones’ first competitive game in charge.

Kjaergaard broke the deadlock after being brought down by Eli King.

Wales will be at Provstgaard’s equaliser, scored while virtually unmarked from a corner.

Denmark, the group leaders, beat Lithuania 2-1 in the opening pool game. The group also includes the Czech Republic and Iceland.

Wales have never qualified for the Euro Under-21 finals, with a play-off defeat by England in 2007 the closest they have come.

While the aim will be to qualify, former Leeds United and Leicester City midfielder Jones has said the main objective of the U21s is to continue providing players for the senior side.


Denmark U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Jörgensen
  • 2Gaaei
  • 13Provstgaard
  • 3Lund JensenSubstituted forHeyat 45′minutesBooked at 47mins
  • 12Jelert
  • 18FrauloSubstituted forAdelgaardat 64′minutes
  • 6ClemSubstituted forChukwuaniat 64′minutes
  • 10Kjærgaard
  • 7HansenSubstituted forBuschat 52′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 9RasmussenSubstituted forOsulaat 78′minutes
  • 11Kvistgaarden


  • 4Hey
  • 8Bøving
  • 14Kruse
  • 15Lind
  • 16Jungdal
  • 17Osula
  • 19Adelgaard
  • 20Chukwuani
  • 21Busch

Wales U21

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Beach
  • 2Stevens
  • 15HooleBooked at 83mins
  • 5WilliamsSubstituted forBeckat 45′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 4BakerBooked at 73mins
  • 20AshworthSubstituted forFarrellat 86′minutes
  • 8Hammond
  • 7KingBooked at 37mins
  • 10ColwillSubstituted forSavageat 76′minutes
  • 17Congreve
  • 11JonesSubstituted forThomasat 76′minutes


  • 3Beck
  • 6Leeson
  • 9Lloyd
  • 12Tyler
  • 13Thomas
  • 14Cotterill
  • 16Savage
  • 18Raymond
  • 23Farrell

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