Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku paid tribute to his Inter teammate Christian Eriksen after scoring his side’s first goal in their Euro 2020 opening match against Russia.
The striker took the lead for his country after ten minutes as he made the most out of some sloppy defending and slotted the ball home in St Petersburg.
Then he ran to the camera to deliver a message to Inter teammate
earlier on Saturday in the Group B game with
and received emergency treatment on the field, and then he was taken to the hospital.
Both teams subsequently left the pitch, and the stadium announcer told fans that the game had been suspended due to a medical emergency.
However, when the more positive news about Eriksen's condition emerged, UEFA confirmed both sides were happy to resume the game, andFinland went on to win the match 1-0
The world of football embraced the Dane and his teammates from Inter have sent many messages on social media.
Lukaku opened the scoring after pouncing on a mistake by Andrey Semenov and celebrated his goal by shouting "
Chris, Chris, I love you"
in front of a television camera.
After the game, the formerManchester United
forward said he cried when he heard what had happened to Eriksen.
"I enjoyed the game but for me, it was difficult to play because my mind was with my [Inter Milan] team-mate Christian Eriksen.
"I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him."
"I cried a lot because I was scared, obviously. You live strong moments together. I spent more time with him than with my family.
"My thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids and his family."