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IN PICS: Denmark restarts Superligan with drive-in football

The knowledge that fans parked around the stadium were rooting for them was not enough to propel FC Midtjylland to victory in the first of the Danish club's drive-in games.

IN PICS: Denmark restarts Superligan with drive-in football
This vintage Mercedes was one of the best decorated cars. Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
On the first evening of Superligan football in Denmark since the coronavirus lockdown, Midtjylland failed to land a goal against AC Horsens.
 
Horsen's Louka Prip then powered in a goal, bringing his team to a 1-0 victory. 
 
But the stands around him were empty as he celebrated. 
 
Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Ritzau Scanpix
 
Instead, about 2,000 cars were crammed into the stadium's parking areas. 
 
 
Most were undecorated. 
 
Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
 
Supporters on vintage Vespas also attended, sitting out in the warm evening to enjoy the game. 
 
Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
 
There was a competition held for the best decorated car. 
 
Mikkel Berg Pedersen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
 
 
 

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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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