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Late goal gives Denmark draw against Albania

Denmark sits in the driver's seat of its Euro 2016 qualifying group as it prepares for its next challenge: a Tuesday showdown with Portugal in Copenhagen.

Late goal gives Denmark draw against Albania
Lasse Vibe's late goal secured the tie. Photo: Lars Poulsen/POLFOTO
Denmark’s national team played to a 1-1 tie against Albania in a Euro 2016 qualifying match in Tirana on Saturday.
 
Albania, coming off of a 1-0 upset of Portugal in their opening game, looked like they would have the same result against the Danes after a shot by midfielder Ermir Lenjani in the 38th minute found its way past Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
 
However, a goal in the 81st minute by substitute Lasse Vibe equalised the match and secured national coach Morten Olsen’s club one point in their qualifying group. 
 
The result puts Denmark at the top of its five-team group with four points, ahead of Albania on goal scored. In their first qualifier, Denmark topped Armenia 2-1.
 
“I’m satisfied with the result, but I’m not satisfied with the game even though it was a tough place to play,” Olsen told Kanal 5 after the match. 
 
Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner suffered a broken nose in the match, the 26-year-old striker told TV2 Sporten. 
 
“After two minutes, I broke my nose and that made things go dark for me. I wasn’t able to play my best in the first half. During the break I took some pills, had the blood removed and had it treated and then the second half was a bit better,” he said.
 
The Danes will now return home to play Portugal, currently sitting at the bottom of the group, on Tuesday at Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Unlike in their lost against Albania however, this time Portugal will have the services of superstar Christano Ronaldo at their disposal.  

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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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