Denmark Football euro 2021: After tragic events, be it on the big stage of football or in our everyday life, the human spirit is able to attract the darkest situations. Since Saturday, his unexpected collapse has still struck every player’s mind.  Despite hopeful news of his recovery, the frightening sight of Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest has thrown a long shadow over Parken Stadium. When Eriksen’s teammates and supporters went back to the stadium, the underlying shock and anxiety were subdued by their intensity of emotion and motivation.

Denmark rode the field with the applause of a crowd, who tranquilized them, as though they’d just won the Euro Cup.

A contrasting tale is portrayed via the huge screens of Parken Stadium: Belgium 2, Denmark 1. In many ways, though, the day soccer again became entertaining seemed like a triumph for the club and for its supporters.

“The pride I have in this team I cannot explain,” remarked Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand. 

In the second minute, Yussuf Poulsen led Denmark and replaced him in the second half by Kevin De Bruyne who set up a Thorgan Hazard equalizer before the winner himself was scored in the 71st minute.

After scoring the winner for Belgium with a low attempt from the outside of the box, De Bruyne moved in a modest gesture to show respect for Eriksen and the Belgian supporters, but he did not celebrate the goal.

With two games remaining, Belgium has clinched a spot in the round of 16. Denmark may still finish second in the group with a win over Russia on Monday if Belgium defeats Finland. Finland and Russia both have three points, while Denmark has none.

Christian Ericksen’s Situation:

Following many cardiac exams, it was determined that Christian should receive an ICD (heart starter). “This gadget is required following a cardiac arrest due to rhythmic irregularities,” national team doctor Morten Boesen explained.

An ICD, according to the British Heart Foundation, is a tiny device that is implanted beneath the skin to monitor heart rhythm. It is attached to the heart by tiny cables and can control irregular cardiac rhythms using electrical shocks.

References:

MATTIAS KARÉN Associated Press. “Belgium Beats Denmark 2–1 in Game Marked by Eriksen Tribute.” ABC News, 17 June 2021, abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/belgium-beats-denmark-game-marked-eriksen-tribute-78341078.

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