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Denmark aiming for World Cup spot after crucial qualifying win

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen was again the difference for Denmark as they won a make-or-break FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Montenegro on Thursday.

Denmark aiming for World Cup spot after crucial qualifying win
Christian Eriksen celebrates after scoring against Montenegro. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix

Eriksen, who has now scored in five consecutive matches for his national side, scored the only goal of the game as the red and whites ran out 1-0 victors in Podgorica.

The goal brings his overall total to 17 from 72 international appearances.

“I had the chance and gave the ball a smack. Luckily it went straight in. Maybe [the goalscoring run] will stop at some point, but not at the moment,” the skilful attacker told news agency Ritzau.

The 25-year-old Tottenham star was again one of Denmark’s most prominent players as he performed in a similar advanced creative role to that he fulfils for the 2017 English Premier League runners-up.

Eriksen told Ritzau he believes he is playing better than ever.

“I feel very comfortable on the pitch, like I do at club level. I feel I have plenty to give and am confident, and am generally making the correct decisions,” he said.

“It began halfway through last season and I feel I am riding a wave. It will hopefully continue,” he added.

Denmark meet Romania on Sunday in qualifying group E’s final round of matches.

A draw will ensure Norwegian coach Åge Hareide’s side second place in the group and therefore a probable spot in the play-off round, though the Danes can still qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Russia by winning their group, should rivals Poland slip up at home to the Montenegrins.

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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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