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Denmark nabs Olympic spot with U21 group win

Young Danes moved a step closer to becoming European champs on Tuesday night and punched their tickets for Rio with a convincing win over Serbia.

Denmark nabs Olympic spot with U21 group win
Denmark's Rasmus Falk celebrates after scoring during final tournament of the UEFA Under21 European Championship 2015 group A match between Denmark and Serbia on June 23, 2015, in the Letna stadium in
Denmark reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic after taking the top spot in Group A on Tuesday.
 
Denmark won the group with six points from three games after beating Serbia 2-0 in Prague.
 
With the victory, Denmark secured a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the first time that the country will play Olympic football since the 1992 Games. 
 
Germany came second in the Euro U21, with five points after being held to a 1-1 draw by third-placed hosts the Czech Republic.
 
In Group B, all four teams can still make it to the semi-finals scheduled for June 27.
 
Group B leaders Portugal are due to face second-placed Sweden in the last group game on Wednesday, while third-placed England face Italy.
 
The final is scheduled for June 30.

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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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