Why not reminisce about the best moments of a national team that we all fell in love with in Euro 2020? Did Eriksen’s mishap have any effect on Kasper Hjulmand’s men? Follow us below as we take a look at Denmark’s journey through Euro 2020.
The Euro 2020 final is upon us, which will be played betweenEngland
. The teams fought hard to reach such a stage, with Italy having to clutch a hard-earned victory in the penalty shootouts against Spain in the semifinals and with England just moving past Denmark with a controversial penalty given in the extra times.
While all the attention is now on England and Italy, many still believe that Denmark were the ones who deserved to go through to the final as England only won because of a number of controversial decisions. Denmark turned into an absolute beast since their first defeat in Euro 2020 against Finland, which was affected by Christian Eriksen’s sudden cardiac arrest.
But as the 29-year-old midfielder recovered from his unbelievable heart attack, the Danish national team did so too, as they looked determined to prove their best to their fallen comrade. Welcome to Sportmob, where we decided to take a look at some of Denmark’s most memorable moments in Euro 2020 and see how Eriksen’s situation might have motivated Denmark players to give it their all and much more than usual in the tournament.
did not reach the final and were under constant pressure in the semifinal away from home in England’s turf, they certainly caught the attention of many as people supported them instead in the semifinals. Here are some of the most important moments in Denmark’s journey until their elimination in the semis.
We know, this one is definitely not a memorable one in a good way, but it will surely be remembered by almost everyone for many years, as it was the focal point of many conversations across the globe, with many national teams and football clubs and players also getting involved.
Christian Eriksen suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during Denmark’s opening game in Euro 2020 againstFinland
, which seemed to be an easy one for the Danish players as they were favorites all the way. His heart attack just before the half time changed everything, as everyone was shocked, watching in horror as the medical team tried their best to revive the 29-year-old. Tears were shed and dramatic moments were witnessed.
Thankfully Eriksen was revived and sent to hospital, which is why the officials decided to continue the game in the second half, even though many protested against it. While Denmark were still the favorites and had much of the possession, they eventually lost 1-0 to Finland to rub more salt onto their fresh wounds.
Denmark undeservedly lost their first match of the tournament, but withChristian Eriksen
now seemingly being past the risky phase, Danish players received a small yet vital amount of boost to their spirit, which led to them scoring their first goal in Euro 2020 against the obviously formidable Belgium, who were believed to be one of the favorites to challenge for the title itself back then. Poulsen scored Denmark’s first goal, but it proved to be too little as Belgium clutched a 2-1 victory in the end.
With each step that Eriksen took towards getting better, Denmark did so too. TheInter Milan
attacking midfielder was discharged from hospital after a successful heart operation only a day after Denmark’s defeat at the hands of Belgium. But what did the Denmark international do after being discharged, you might ask? Well, he paid a visit to his Danish teammates at his nation’s training grounds.
This moment is believed to be the pivotal point of Denmark’s journey in Euro 2020, as the players gained so much boost from Eriksen’s return that they went on to run a rout onRussia
with an unbelievable performance, which led to them easing past their opponents with a 4-1 victory. Their performance was simply amazing, with Mikkel Damsgaard scoring a wonder goal against Russia.
It seems clearer than ever that Eriksen’s sudden cardiac arrest definitely was the reason Denmark lost their first game, but it seems even clearer that his recovery, and him paying a visit to his teammates was the reason Denmark players needed to go on and reach the semifinals. In their journey towards the final stages of Euro 2020, Denmark humiliatedWales
with a decisive 4-0 victory as they kicked Gareth Bale and his teammates out of the competition.
Now, Denmark were seen as serious title contenders, which is why they were viewed by many as the favorites to go through when they facedCzech Republic
in the quarterfinals. And favorites they were! Czech Republic, who had been the surprise package of the tournament having formed a formidable side throughout Euro 2020, were beaten 2-1 by Denmark, who were on their way towards the semifinals, where they would meet England for a chance to reach the finals.
Even though Damsgaard managed to score yet another world-class goal against England, which was the first goal in Euro 2020 to have been scored directly from a free-kick, it wasn’t enough for them to go through, as a controversial penalty given to Raheem Sterling in the extra time was all that stood between Denmark and the final itself. They might not have won Euro 2020, but Denmark surely won everyone’s hearts throughout the tournament.