Today in EURO 2020: Denmark and Belgium to pay tribute to Eriksen as they meet

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Denmark returns to the pitch for the first time since midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a heart attack in their opening match against Finland.

The Danish side, which lost 1-0 in their first game, have said they will “play for Christian”.

“It’s going to be emotionally strong to go back to Parken, we expect to have incredible support from our fans and the whole country,” Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand told a news conference on Wednesday. “We have to be ready for that and use that energy in a positive way.”

But they’re in for a tough ride as top-ranked Belgium currently has pole position in Group B.

De Rode Duivels (The Red Devils) will honour Eriksen by kicking the ball out of play in the 10th minute so the stadium can pay tribute to the Danish player with a minute’s applause, striker Romelu Lukaku said Wednesday.

The Netherlands and Austria will meanwhile battle it out for a spot in the next round following their respective wins over Ukraine and North Macedonia. For the “The Lynxes”, who are competing in the competition for the first, victory over Ukraine is needed to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockout stage.

What happened on Wednesday?

Italy became the first team to secure its place in the final 16 with a decisive 3-0 victory over neighbour Switzerland — a turnaround from their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but that it itself was a shock.

Fellow Group A team Wales notched up their first win of the competition with a 2-0 victory over Turkey bringing its point tally to 4 while Switzerland and Turkey languish behind with 1 and 0 points respectively.

Russia, from Group B, boosted its hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages by beating Finland 1-0.

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