Denmark are back on the pitch today for the first time since Christian Eriksen fell as they face Belgium in the two teams’ second Group B game.
Fans and players at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen plan to honor the midfielder with a minute of applause in the 10th minute of the game, a tribute tied to the Eriksen shirt number No10 for the national team.
Denmark, however, will face a big task to qualify if they lose again, so taking points at the world’s top-ranked team is a must this afternoon after Russia beat Finland. Wednesday to leave the two teams to three points after two games.
Belgium can advance to the round of 16 with a win, and hope to welcome both Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel from injury, the latter three months ahead of schedule.
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25 minutes: I’m going to equalize you, that’s where I really hate this 24-team format. A long way to go, but if it stays that way, we’ll start the final day with all four teams on three points, two win-win clashes.
But, of course, another might sneak up on it. It is not the same danger.
22 minutes: Belgium have finally started to gain a foothold in this game in the last few minutes, with Youri Tielemans seeing more of the ball. Nothing like luck has been created so far, however.
Here is that special moment a few minutes ago …
17 minutes : Before all that, a lot of people thought Denmark was doing well in this tournament (I know, they were thinking about Turkey too). We didn’t see them at their best in their first game for obvious reasons, but they’ve really been impressive so far.
15 minutes: This is the start of this game, but Belgium is looking all over the store in the back. When you don’t have to worry about Eden Hazard or Kevin De Bruyne the other way around, you can go after them and that’s exactly what the Danes have done so far.
10 minutes: As we reach the tenth minute, a frantic start is interrupted and the Parken stand up as one to greet Christian Eriksen.
The bleachers are a sea of red, a huge banner waving at one end with a message of support in Danish.
All the players join in the applause, some of them, including Romelu Lukaku, seem very moved. A lovely moment.
8 minutes: Belgium have hardly had a kick so far and when they did Denayer passed it straight to Hojbjerg and Denmark scored.
Maehle leans towards the back post and the other winger, Wass, rushes to cross the face of the goal but Courtois falls on it.
You would have been forgiven for thinking that Denmark might have been a little impressed by the circumstances, but they channeled all that emotion in the perfect way onto the evidence of what we’ve seen so far.
5 minutes: They absolutely came out of the traps here! Maehle makes his way into the box and is only just ousted in time before Braithwaite crosses the nearby post and his instinctive kick isn’t too wide.
GOAL! Denmark 1-0 Belgium | Yussuf Poulsen 2 ′
The Parken has just burst because Denmark, on this most moving occasion, is ahead in less than 120 seconds.
Belgium is caught playing from behind and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg holds back a challenge to slide Poulsen, who crashes into the bottom corner, with Courtois rooted. Brilliant.