Days after playmaker Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest, Denmark return to the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen to face Belgium in a game that could prove crucial to their Euro 2020 fate. Having lost 1-0 to Finland in the aftermath of Eriksen’s collapse, Kasper Hjulmand’s side have been trying to recover in time to face a Belgium team who thumped Russia 3-0 in their opener, and they will have to do so without their best player.
“I have said that Eriksen is the heart, the pulse, the rhythm of our team. He has an incredible ability to perceive time, space and rhythm in a football match, (but) he won`t be there on Thursday,” Hjulmand told reporters. “We have a lot of other players who can contribute, and skilled players who can also find the rhythm of the match. We are putting something together that will be difficult for Belgium. I’m sure of that,” he added.
At training in the town of Helsingor this week, several Danish players still appeared shocked after the events at Parken where Eriksen had to receive CPR before being removed to a nearby hospital where he is recovering. The positive outcome for the 29-year-old cannot mask the trauma suffered by some in the Denmark squad, and Hjulmand has spoken openly about the strong feelings in the camp.
“It’s totally OK if someone does not have the emotions needed to not give everything in the game. We need to prepare for an emotional trip to Parken,” he said.
“It will be a special atmosphere. We have to prepare mentally, the players are used to that. What are some of the emotions that can hit us? It`s going to be weird to come back, we`re going to be met with a lot of emotions.”
Those emotions will not be limited to the Danes. Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is a good friend of Eriksen as the two play together for Italian club Inter Milan. Lukaku celebrated one of his goals against Russia by running to a TV camera and saying, “Chris, Chris, I love you” on Saturday evening, hours after the stricken midfielder had regained consciousness.
Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, a former teammate of Eriksen at Tottenham Hotspur, spoke of his shock at the incident, but warned that his side still had their sights set on victory in Copenhagen.
Here are the complete details from the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium:
When is the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium?
The UEFA Euro 2020 match between Finland and Russia will be played on Thursday (June 17).
What time does the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium start?
The UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium will start at 9:30pm as per IST.
Where is the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium being played?
The UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium will be played at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Which TV channels will broadcast the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium in India?
The UEFA Euro 2020 match between Finland and Russia will be telecast on Sony Ten 2 (HD), Sony Ten 3 (HD-Hindi). Sony Six (HD) and Sony Ten 4 (HD) will have regional coverage in India.
How can I livestream the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium?
The livestreaming of the UEFA Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Belgium is available on the Sony Liv app and the website.