The great fear for Christian Eriksen is what will remain in the memory of Denmark-Finland, the opening match of Group B of the European Championship which, at least for the Finns, marked a historic moment: a 1-0 victory in the debut of the national team in a major international competition.
A match interrupted at the end of the first half due to the illness of the Danish midfielder of Inter and which fortunately was able to resume after less than two hours following the comforting news on the player’s condition from the hospital where he had been hospitalized, already alert and self conscious.
In Copenhagen, experienced and strong Denmark was the favorite, even if Finland came to play the tournament with a respectable qualification, and yesterday Eriksen himself predicted that it would not be a downhill match. What happened at 42 ‘pt, when the player suddenly collapsed to the ground, inevitably shook the team of Schmeichel and Kjaer, among other things the most ready to intervene to help their teammate. Kasper Hjulmand’s men have asked to continue the game but the head could only be somewhere else. So after an already uninspiring first half, the Danes continued to dominate in possession but without creating dangerous chances, while Finland, very covered, managed to take the advantage in one of the very few offensive bets and perhaps on the only real conclusion. towards the door. At 15 ‘, on a cross from Uronen, Pohjanpalo jumped the highest of all, overcoming a not entirely innocent Schmeichel. The advantage induced Markku Kanerva’s team to multiply their defensive attention and the blue mesh wall always managed to defend the goal of Hradecky, who then earned as much glory as his teammate Pohjanpalo, saving just before half time. now a penalty awarded to Hojbjerg for a naive foul by Arajuuri on Poulsen. The final assault of Denmark, not very incisive and a bit chaotic, was not fruitful, despite the commitment and the lack of the Inter’s class was increasingly felt in the decisive moments.