Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes dealt major blow

The Danish national squad will have to fight its way in to the European Championships in France in a playoff after Armenia failed to give a helping hand.

Denmark's Euro 2016 hopes dealt major blow
Denmark's forward Nicklas Bendtner (L) reacts as he leaves the pitch at half time during the friendly international match between Denmark and France in Copenhagen on Sunday. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Sc
Denmark lost its chance to automatically qualify for Euro 2016 when Albania topped Armenia 3-0 on Sunday evening. 
That result put Denmark in third place in Group I action, ending its hopes of automatically qualifying for Euro 2016. Instead, the Danes will have to compete in a playoff against another third place club yet to be determined. 
Denmark will learn its playoff opponent in a draw on Tuesday and the two playoff games will be played in mid-November. 
Denmark took on France in a friendly on Sunday night after they learned their Euro 2016 fate. 
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored twice in the first six minutes for the visitors as Euro 2016 hosts France defeated Denmark 2-1 in a friendly international in Copenhagen. 
The win was a fourth in succession for Didier Deschamps' side although there are stiffer tests ahead for France, who tackle world champions Germany and England in November in their remaining 2015 assignments.
France made eight changes from the team which defeated Armenia 4-0 on Friday, but there appeared little disruption early on as they raced into a 2-0 lead inside six minutes.
Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was at fault for Giroud's opener in the fourth minute and could have done better to prevent the second just two minutes later.
Erik Sviatchenko, with a superb effort, pulled a goal back in stoppage time for the home side.

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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.”