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Denmark rides header to victory over Armenia

The Danes suffered a drubbing at the hands of Armenia in a World Cup qualifier but were able to top them in Copenhagen as their Euro 2016 campaign gets underway.

Denmark rides header to victory over Armenia
Thomas Kahlenberg celebrates his goal that put the Danes up 2-1. Photo: Claus Bech/Scanpix
Denmark topped Armenia 2-1 in the opening qualifier for Euro 2016 on Sunday. 
 
After a scoreless first half, Armenia pulled in front in the second, leading the home crowd of 20,141 to fear that the Danes would once again fall to the Armenians, who embarrassed Morten Olsen’s club 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier last year. 
 
But a smashing drive from 19-year-old Bayern München midfielder Pierre Emile Højbjerg evened the score in the 65th minute.
 
With ten minutes to go, a pass from Nicklas Bendtner found substitute Thomas Kahlenberg, who knocked in a header to put the Danes up for good. 
 
To qualify for the European Championships held in France next summer, Denmark needs to finish among the top two of Group I, which in addition to Armenia includes Portugal, Serbia and Albania. 
 
The Danes’ next qualifier will be on October 11th in Albania. 

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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