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Euro 2020 day two: The continent unites in support of Christian Eriksen

Euro 2020 day two: The continent unites in support of Christian Eriksen
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There were wins for Belgium and Finland, while Wales battled to a draw, but all thoughts were with Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen.

European football came together on Saturday in support of Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who collapsed just before half-time of the Group B opening match against Finland in Copenhagen.

Inter Milan playmaker Eriksen was treated on the pitch at the Parken Stadium, leaving players from both teams in clear distress, and was taken to hospital, where his condition was later reported to have stabilised.

When the match was restarted, on the request of both squads, Finland – playing in a first major tournament – went on to win 1-0 with a header from Joel Pohjanpalo as Denmark's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg saw a penalty saved.

Earlier in Group A, Wales fought back to draw 1-1 against Switzerland in Baku with a late goal from Kieffer Moore, while Belgium underlined their championship credentials with a 3-0 win over Russia in St Petersburg to top Group B.

Tweet of the day

Football came together in wishing Eriksen a swift recovery

Moore makes his mark

Wales forward Kieffer Moore celebrates scoring against Switzerland in their Euro 2020 opener in Azerbaijan
Cardiff forward Kieffer Moore shrugged off a head injury to help Wales fight back and draw against Switzerland in their Group A opener in Azerbaijan (Darko Vojinovic, Pool/AP Photo)

Quote of the day

A tearful Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand tried to put things into perspective during an emotional post-match press conference.

Finland arrive on the big stage

Finland players celebrate with their fans after the Euro 2020 win over Denmark in Copenhagen
Finland players celebrated in front of their fans after victory at the end of an emotional night in in Copenhagen (Friedemann Vogel/Pool via AP)

The Eagle Owls marked their tournament debut with a hard-earned victory, albeit not in the circumstances they would have wanted.

Stat attack

Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Belgium against Russia, making it 20 goals in his last 15 competitive matches and is now the nation's outright all-time top goalscorer at the Euros.

Up next?

June 13:
England v Croatia (Group D, London, 1400)
Austria v North Macedonia (Group C, Bucharest, 1700)
Holland v Ukraine (Group C, Amsterdam 2000)

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Thursday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The women's heptathlon continues with the long jump, javelin and 800m, with Katarina Johnson-Thompson now out of contention following an injury (1.10am-1.40pm)
· Andrew Pozzi pursues his dream of an Olympic medal in the men's 110m hurdles final (3.55am)
· Tom Bosworth and Callum Wilkinson are among the British hopes in the men's 20km race walk (8.30am)
· Holly Bradshaw aims to improve on fifth in Rio to challenge Greece's Katerina Stefanidi and Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia for an unlikely medal in the women's pole vault (11am)
· London 2012 champion Kirani James goes up against current world champion Steven Gardiner in the men's 400m final (1pm)

MARATHON SWIMMING
· One of the toughest Olympic events takes place in Tokyo Bay as GB's Hector Pardoe takes on the men's 20km marathon swim (10.30pm Wed)

BOXING
· Galal Yafai takes on takes on Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov for a spot in the gold medal bout of the fly (48kg-52kg) class (6.48am)

DIVING
· Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix (daughter of First Dates' Fred Sirieix) line up for the women's 10m platform (semi-final 2am; final 7am)

HOCKEY
· Australia face Belgium in the men's final (11am)

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