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Belgium’s national team qualified for the last 16 of the European Championship yesterday. The team made it into the next round after an elaborate victory over Denmark, who fought until the end but could not cope with Belgium’s attacking potential. The only goal scored by the Danish team was a tribute to Christian Eriksen, who is still in hospital recovering from his cardiac arrest on Saturday while he was playing Euro 2020 game against Finland.
Eriksen Was Present
It was a game in which Christian Eriksen was the clear protagonist, although he was not on the pitch. However, he was very present in the game.
Before the kick-off, UEFA displayed a giant Eriksen shirt on the pitch. The Belgian team presented Danish captain Simon Kjaer with a signed and framed Erikson shirt. This was in honor of his heroic action in providing first aid to Eriksen so quickly until the medical team arrived.
In the 10th minute, there was a save in honor of Denmark’s number 10. The fans applauded thunderously, holding up a banner that read “All of Denmark is with you Christian”.
The Incident in Copenhagen
It was minute 43 in the Euro 2020 match between Finland and Denmark in Copenhagen when Eriksen went to the right side of the pitch to take a throw-in. Then he suddenly collapsed, lying face down on the ground.
For several minutes the Inter Milan midfielder lay unconscious, surrounded by his teammates with Simon Kjaer at the helm, putting up a sort of human wall, to give him some privacy until the medical help arrived. After resuscitation maneuvers, the medical team was able to get him back on his feet.
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Erikssen was stretchered out of the stadium and taken to a hospital, while the crowd cheered to encourage him.
“He was Gone”
Later on, Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen confirmed that the Danish midfielder “was gone. He was dead before he was revived”.
The player now is stabilized and recovering. However, Boesen added that they do not yet have an explanation as to what really happened to Eriksen, who at 29 years of age has never had any heart problems.
Denmark did not win the game yesterday, but the goal they scored was like a victory for the Danish team, and for the sports world in general.
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