Denmark surprises Russia to reach the round of 16 – .

Denmark surprises Russia to reach the round of 16 – .

As Denmark absorbed the blow, Russia won – and converted – a penalty. Everything was in the balance again. Once again, Denmark was forced to wait.

A few minutes later there was another roar from the stands, this one a little more reluctant. This time, Belgium had taken the lead. This time, the goal mattered. Denmark could relax. When Andreas Christensen scored a third and Joakim Maehle a fourth, the team, the stadium and the nation were able to celebrate. Maehle ran towards the crowd, holding the numbers 1 and 0 with his fingers: Eriksen’s jersey number.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Maehle told Danish broadcaster DR.

Denmark’s prize is a knockout round on Saturday against Wales in Amsterdam at the stadium where Eriksen made his name. It doesn’t matter, not in the grand scheme of things, but it still means the world.


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