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Zlatan ends Denmark’s Euro 2016 hopes

Denmark will miss next summer's European tournament after drawing 2-2 with Sweden in Copenhagen on Tuesday evening.

Zlatan ends Denmark's Euro 2016 hopes
Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Tuesday. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT/Scanpix
Sweden's star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as Sweden drew 2-2 with Denmark in Copenhagen to qualify for Euro 2016 with a 4-3 aggregate victory.
 
Ibrahimovic's goals gave Sweden a commanding 2-0 lead on the night and 4-1 lead on aggregate before a late rally from Denmark saw Yussuf Poulsen and Jannik Vestergaard find the net.
 
The result ends Danish coach Morten Olsen's time at the helm of the national side. Olsen announced in March that he would step down after his team's run at Euro 2016. 

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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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