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Denmark And Belgium Kick The Ball Out To Pay Tribute To Christian Eriksen

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Denmark And Belgium Kick The Ball Out To Pay Tribute To Christian Eriksen

Denmark and Belgium players came together in the 10th minute of their Euro 2020 game to pay tribute to Christian Eriksen, following the midfielder's collapse last week.

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Eriksen's collapse caused distressing scenes when he went down late in the first half of Denmark's Euros opener against Finland last Saturday.

The Inter Milan midfielder is now recovering in hospital as his teammates continue their campaign, having gone on to lose the game with Finland, after being made to restart the game.

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Eriksen's club teammate Romelu Lukaku paid a personal tribute to the 29-year-old during his celebration, after scoring against Russia, but arranged a more collective tribute for Thursday's game.

In the 10th minute of the game, because of the Dane's usual shirt number, the game was stopped by the referee and players from both sides gave a moments applause, along with the crowd.

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The former Tottenham Hotspur playmaker might have even been able to hear the lovely tribute from his hospital bed.

He is currently recovering in Rigshospitalet, which is just 500 meters away from Copenhagen's Parken Stadium, where the match was being held.

On Wednesday, Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand confirmed that the midfielder would be watching on television.

"Yeah I think Christian will watch [the game]," the manager told his pre match press conference, "It's really crazy, the hospital is right next to Parken, and when he looks out of the window he can see Parken and probably he can hear everything from Parken.

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"That's a crazy situation for Christian. But I think he'll be in his shirt and watch the game."

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Ahead of the game, Denmark captain Simon Kjaer, whose heroics in the heat of the moment after Eriksen collapsed saved his teammates life, put out a heartfelt statement.

"It has been some very special days, where football has not been the most important thing," the AC Milan defender said.

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"A shock, that will be part of me - part of all of us - forever! The only thing that is important and really matters, is that Christian is OKAY!!

"I am proud of his we acted as a team and how we stood together in these difficult times. I am touched and very grateful for all the support.

"Today, we will enter the pitch against Belgium with Christian in our hearts and thoughts. It gives us peace in our minds, which allows us to focus on the game of football. We will play for Christian, and as always for all of Denmark. That is the greatest motivation for us all."

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The game with Belgium is important for Denmark if they want to qualify for the knockout stages, though they could still qualify with a win in their final group game vs Russia

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Belgium, Football, Euro 2020, Denmark, Christian Eriksen

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