Denmark handed major Euro 2016 boost

Serbia and Albania's Euro 2016 qualifying match was cancelled after tumultuous scenes on and off the pitch, and now Uefa has ruled that neither of them will get any points from the game, boosting Denmark's chances to qualify.

Denmark handed major Euro 2016 boost
Serbia's Stefan Mitrovic grabbing the drone-carried nationalistic Albanian flag during the Balkan nations controversial Euro 2016 qualifier. Photo: Marko Djuric/Scanpix
When Serbia and Albania locked horns in Belgrade during their Euro 2016 qualifier earlier this month, fan misbehaviour ended the game prematurely. Now governing body Uefa has ruled that both teams will be punished with zero points from their encounter, leaving Denmark in the driver's seat of Group I despite suffering from a home loss to Portugal last week.
Additionally, Serbia will have to play its next two home games in front of an empty stadium, including the match against Denmark on November 14th.
Uefa is officially declaring the abandoned match as a 3-0 loss for Albania and also stripped Serbia of three points in the current qualifying competition. With the decision, Denmark now sits at the top of Group I with a total of four points. 
The Serbia and Albania match was cancelled shortly after a drone flew over the pitch in Belgrade's Partizan Stadium flying a nationalistic flag depicting so-called Greater Albania. Serbia's Stefan Mitrovic grabbed the flag while it was still hanging in the air before clashing with Albanian players – scenes that rapidly spread to the remaining of the pitch and into the stands. It was the first time that Albania's national side visited Partizan Stadium since 1967. 
This is not the first time that Denmark's national team has benefited from conflicts in the Balkans, as it was the Yugoslav Wars fought from 1991 that eventually led to Uefa's dismissal of the already Euro 1992-qualified Yugoslavia, leaving a spot open to non-qualified Denmark. Denmark was later crowned winners of the 1992 European Championship, beating Germany 2-1 in the final in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

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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.


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.”