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Christian Eriksen: Belgium will honor Denmark midfielder by knocking out the ball in Group B meeting |  Football news

Belgium will pay homage to Christian Eriksen by putting the ball out of play in the 10th minute of their Euro 2020 Group B meeting with Denmark on Thursday.

The midfielder, who wears the number 10 shirt, had to be revived on the pitch at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after suffering cardiac arrest in the first half of his side’s 1-0 loss to Finland Saturday night.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said: “As you can imagine the uncertainty we had when the incident happened, it was a really tough time, a tough time for any player who watched the game, a difficult time for the players who shared locker rooms with Christian.

“Then from that point on, once you get the good news that Christian reacted positively, that he was speaking, that he was in the hospital, now it’s almost a celebration.

“You’re going to have a crowd at full capacity – this is a celebration in football and for Christian.”

The Danes will face Belgium, who beat Russia 3-0 in their opener, desperate to start their tournament.

Head coach Kasper Hjulmand will have to fill the void left by Eriksen, but also make sure his players are ready to leave after being deeply affected by what they have witnessed.


Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand has said Christian Eriksen will keep an eye on his teammates when they face Belgium and he could even hear the stadium from the hospital. © UEFA 2021

Hjulmand said: “We are not done with this tournament and we have some very important games ahead of us.”

That said, he is aware that his side will have their work cut out for them to gain the upper hand over the top-ranked FIFA team, which beat them at home and away in the Nations League last year. .

He added: “I know we are the underdogs here. There is no doubt that we are facing the best team in the world, which we have played with many times.

“You can look at their stats and see that they don’t concede a lot of goals and they win a lot of games. They are very, very good. They’re the only team that reminds me of a club team.

“But there is always a chance against this kind of team.”

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