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FC Copenhagen lose out on millions after Champions League defeat

Denmark’s FC Copenhagen were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday after a 2-2 aggregate draw with Azerbaijan’s FK Qarabag. The surprise loss could prove costly for the Danish league winners.

FC Copenhagen lose out on millions after Champions League defeat
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Despite goals from Federico Santander and Andrija Pavlovic giving them a 2-1 win at Parken stadium on Wednesday night, FCK have failed to reach the lucrative group stages of this season’s Champions League.

A second half equaliser by Qarabag’s Dino Ndlovu was enough to see off the Danish team.

Having lost the away leg of the tie 1-0, the aggregate draw saw the Danish Champions eliminated on away goals.

The failure to reach the group stages of the competition, with its prize cash and money-spinning potential ties against such giants of European football as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has been described as a “fiasco” for the Copenhagen side.

“We are a developing team, maybe a more experience team would have managed to go through. But we did not have that last bit needed to break down Qarabag completely, so they deserve to go through to the group stages. People might call it a fiasco, but Qarabag aren’t such a bad side, and have played well against Tottenham in the past,” FCK midfielder William Kvist told TV channel TV3+ following the match.

Instead of entering the star-studded Champions League, FCK will now be entered into the draw for the less lucrative and prestigious Europa League.

The draw for that competition will take place on Friday August 25th.

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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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