UEFA Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen's on-field collapse headlines Matchday 2 as Finland edges past Denmark
The Matchday 2 of the 2020 UEFA Euro was headlined after Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during the match against Finland. While he is stable right now, other games progressed as scheduled and came up with decisive results.
The UEFA Euro 2020 entered Matchday 2 on Saturday but was marred by a medical scare. During the match between Denmark and Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen when Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field. Nonetheless, he is doing stable while the games progressed, as we take a look at the round-up from Saturday.
Finland pips Denmark
Just before the half-time whistle, Eriksen collapsed and received medical treatment before being stretchered off the ground while the match was locked goalless. Nevertheless, after a delay by a couple of hours, the play resumed, as Joel Pohjanpalo's sole goal in the 60th winner handed Finland its opening win of the tournament.
- Pohjanpalo's goal was Denmark's first-ever goal in the Euro, while it was also its first shot in the tournament.
- Finland's Lukás Hrádecky is only the third goalkeeper to deny a penalty on Euro debut after Poland' Przemyslaw Tyton (2012) and Denmark's Trols Rasmussen (1998).
Wales holds Switzerland
In the other game before the Denmark-Finland clash, Wales was up against Switzerland at the Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu in Azerbaijan. The match was equally competitive, with Breel Embolo's 49th-minute strike handing Swiss the opening lead. However, Kieffer Moore drew level in the 74th minute, as the honours were shared between the two.
Belgium routs Russia
In the final game of the day, Belgium was up against Russia at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium. Tensions were high even before the match started, as the Russian crowd booed the Belgian players while they took the knee against racism, while the Russian players decided against it.
As for the game, the Belgians came up with a fitting reply for the host, hammering three past it. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the tenth minute, dedicating the goal to his Inter Milan teammate Eriksen.
Belgium's lead was doubled by Thomas Meunier in the 34th minute, as it was 2-0 at half-time. The second half was relatively better from Russia, but to no avail, as Lukaku scored his brace in the 88th minute, sealing an emphatic win for his side.
In the only stat of the game, Lukaku has been involved in the side's 26 goals since the FIFA World Cup 2018. Of the 26, he has scored 22, besides assisting four, which happens to be ten more than any other Belgian in the past three years.
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