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Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes still alive after loss

Denmark fell 0-1 to Portugal on Thursday evening but could still back in to Euro 2016 with some help from Armenia.

Denmark's Euro 2016 hopes still alive after loss
Simon Kjær and the rest of the Danish squad can still advance despite their loss to Ronaldo and Portugal. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix
Despite the Danish national squad’s 0-1 loss in Braga on Thursday, hopes for next summer’s European championships in France are still alive thanks to Serbia. 
 
Serbia topped Albania 2-0, leaving Denmark in second place in Group I action. The Danes could still back their way in to Euro 2016 if Armenia can either beat or tie Albania. That scenario would automatically qualify Denmark for the tournament, while an Albanian victory would leave Denmark in third place in group action and facing a playoff to move forward. 
 
National coach Morten Olsen said after Thursday’s loss that he still thinks the Danes will make it in. 
 
“Congratulations to Portugal. I hope we can follow them into the Euro finals,” the coach said after the match. 
 
Denmark put itself in this situation by playing to two goalless draws against Albania and Armenia ahead of the Portugal match. 
 
The Armenia and Albania face-off that will affect Denmark’s fate is Sunday at 6pm in Yerevan. 

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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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