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Why Did Denmark Vs Belgium Stop Play In The 10th Minute?

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Why Did Denmark Vs Belgium Stop Play In The 10th Minute?

Belgium will kick the ball out of play in the tenth minute during their Euro 2020 game with Denmark to take part in a minute's applause for Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen is currently recovering in hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest in the stadium during Denmark's opening game to Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday.

In truly harrowing scenes, thousands within the ground were left silenced as teammates, relatives, friends and fans looked on in horror as the Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed.

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Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark's opening game against Finland
Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark's opening game against Finland

Eriksen required 13 minutes of CPR and had to be resuscitated before being taken to hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Belgian talisman Romelu Lukaku - who just won the Serie A with Eriksen at Inter Milan last season - announced the news of the applause in the tenth minute during a recent press conference.

The timing of the touching tribute has been chosen because Eriksen wears the number 10 shirt for the Danes.

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"We'll put the ball into touch to applaud," said an emotional Lukaku.

"Several of our players have played with him, but tomorrow we'll be there to win the game, which promises to be difficult."

Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen won the Serie A title at Inter Milan last season
Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen won the Serie A title at Inter Milan last season

Lukaku, whocbagged a brilliant brace during Belgium's 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday, shouted a message of support down the camera during a celebration of one of his goals.

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The Parken Stadium, the scene of Eriken's collapse, will play host to the game between the two teams.

"It will be very emotional to return," said Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand.

"We expect to have incredible support from our fans and from the whole country.

"We have to be ready for that and use this energy in a positive way."

Topics: Belgium, Euro 2020, Denmark, Christian Eriksen

Robert Mann
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