Win over Serbia puts Denmark at top of group

Playing in front on an empty stadium in Belgrade, Denmark came back from a goal down to top Serbia 3-1 in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.

Win over Serbia puts Denmark at top of group
Denmark's Simon Kjaer (R) celebrates his goal agianst Serbia with teammate Nicklas Bendtner during their Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match in Belgrade. Photo: Marko Djurica/Scanpix
After Serbia’s Zoran Tosic put his club up 1-0 just four minutes into play, Danish striker Nicklas Bendnter equalised at the hour mark and again in the match’s waning minutes, while defender Simon Kjær added another to move Denmark to the top of Group I with seven points in four games. 
The match was played in front of an empty stadium after Serbia and Albania’s qualifier last month in Belgrade's Partizan Stadium was cancelled shortly after a drone flew over the pitch 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. The game was cancelled and governing body Uefa declared it a 3-0 loss for Albania while also stripping Serbia of three points and decreeing that its next two home matches would be played in front of empty stands. 
Denmark’s national coach Morten Olsen was thrilled with his club’s come from behind win. 
"We have a bad habit of falling behind and all is well when you score three to turn the game around, but we have to be more focused in the early stages," he said at a post-game press conference. 
Denmark sits one point above Portugal in group standings. 

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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.”