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Denmark thrashed by Sweden in Euro semis

Denmark missed a spot in the final of the European Under-21 Championship after a deflating 4-1 loss to Sweden in Prague on Saturday night.

Denmark thrashed by Sweden in Euro semis
Denmark's Yussuf Poulsen reacts during the UEFA Under 21 European Championship 2015 semi final football match between Sweden and Denmark in Prague on June 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MICHAL CIZEK
Sweden’s John Guidetti opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute after Isaac Kiese Thelin was brought down by Alexander Scholz in the box, before Simon Tibbling doubled the Swedes' lead three minutes later.
 
Uffe Bech pulled one back midway through the second half and Jess Thorup's men then had opportunities to grab an equaliser, but substitute Robin Quaison restored Sweden's two-goal advantage with a composed finish in the 83rd minute.
 
And captain Oscar Hiljemark got his name on the scoresheet as Hakan Ericson's side broke forward to add a fourth in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
 
Sweden, who only secured their place in Saturday's semi-final with a dramatic last-gasp equaliser against Portugal in their final group game, will now face Rui Jorge's side again in Prague on Tuesday.
 
Despite the loss, Denmark can take consolation in the fact that its semifinal apperance secured the nation a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

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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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