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Danish national team fails to qualify for World Cup

Denmark’s women’s national team will not compete at next year’s FIFA World Cup in France after a 1-2 defeat against the Netherlands in Viborg on Tuesday.

Danish national team fails to qualify for World Cup
Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish side took an early lead through a Nadia Nadim penalty on five minutes, but failed to convert any further chances during the match.

Lineth Beerensteyn equalised for the Dutch shortly after Nadim’s goal and rubbed salt into the wounds of the Danish fans with an injury-time winner as the visitors triumphed 2-1 on the night.

Already 2-0 down from the first leg of the tie, Denmark finished with an aggregate 4-1 defeat, meaning they fail to qualify for a play-off final and chance to reach next year’s showpiece tournament.

“It’s really sad and such a shame. We created a lot of chances but didn’t manage to score them. It hurts,” Nadim said after the match.

“I don’t think I’ll get much sleep tonight,” the Manchester City striker added.

The Dutch equaliser, which came in the seventh minute, was a hammer blow for Denmark’s chances, Nadim, who scored against the same opposition in the final of the 2017 European Championships, said.

“Suddenly we needed three goals, so everything became a lot harder. We had chances in the second half, but we weren’t good enough,” she said.

The defeat means that Denmark will not play another competitive fixture until the autumn of 2019.

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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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