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Denmark Manager Wore A Special, Unknown Tribute To Christian Eriksen During Emotional Russia Win

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Denmark Manager Wore A Special, Unknown Tribute To Christian Eriksen During Emotional Russia Win

Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand has revealed the bracelet he wore during his side's 4-1 win over Russia was a tribute to Christian Eriksen.

The Danes dismantled Russia 4-1 on Monday evening and they've now qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during their opening game against Finland and the entire squad were desperate to qualify for him.

Hjulmand told TV3+ that he 'had Christian with him' during the game thanks to one small memento.

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He begun: "I've never worn jewellery in my life. This is my first time wearing jewellery. There's a little football here and it's Christian who is here with me.

"I had him with me all the way. I think about him a lot and he is - as I have always said - the heart of our team and we were fighting on for his sake today.

"He is a great inspiration to us."

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The 49-year-old then fought back tears while discussing his players, who go through in second place behind Group B winners Belgium.

"I am lost for words when describing the admiration I have for this team. They are so strong.

"And at the same time, I want to thank the whole of Denmark, the whole population and everyone in the stadium here...

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"All the care and love that the whole of Denmark has shown us has helped us and given the boys strength in their legs out on the pitch."

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Mikkel Damsgaard opened the scoring in the first half, becoming the youngest Danish player to score at a European Championship.

Yussuf Poulsen added a second before Artem Dzyuba halved the deficit from the penalty spot.

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Not to be outshone by Damsgaard's long range effort, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen restored Denmark's two goal advantage with a thunderbolt.

Joakim Mæhle then added a fourth with eight minutes left to play.

Poulsen described the 'euphoria' of his side's victory and said they'll all be seeing Eriksen in the next few days.

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The RB Leipzig forward beamed: "It has just been fantastic. It is so rare that you are allowed to experience something like this here at home in front of so many Danes.

"One could not have wished for any better. And with all that we have been through, it just makes the euphoria even greater.

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"I think Eriksen is just as happy as we are right now.

"He will probably come at see us over the coming days I imagine. He should definitely be part of this celebration."

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Topics: Football, Euro 2020, Denmark, Christian Eriksen

Daniel Marland
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