Romelu Lukaku says he wants to visit Christian Eriksen in hospital as players show solidarity at Euro 2020
Christian Eriksen remains very much in the minds of players at Euro 2020.
During their warm-up before their match on Wednesday, Finnish and Russian players wore “Get well Christian!” T-shirts showing solidarity with the Danish star recovering from cardiac arrest.
Later on Wednesday, Eriksen’s Inter Milan teammate Romelu Lukaku said he wanted to visit the Dane in hospital.
The pair won the 2020/2021 Serie A title together and the Belgian striker paid tribute to his friend Eriksen after scoring in the opening match of the tournament.
“Chris, Chris, good luck boy). I love you!” said Lukaku after running to the camera on the sidelines. “I have already sent him a message and he has informed us that he is fine.
I have already asked the coach if I can visit him in the hospital, we will see if that is possible,” Lukaku told reporters on Wednesday.
Belgium’s match against Denmark in Copenhagen on Thursday. Lukaku said his teammates had organized a tribute for Eriksen ahead of Thursday’s kick-off, while players and fans will also stage a minute of applause for the Dane, the number usually worn by the Dane, in the 10th minute of the game.
“In the 10th minute we kick the ball out and applaud. That’s our support. That’s the most natural thing in the world, because we have several players in our squad who know him personally,” added Lukaku.
‘Different kinds of emotions’ Finland won their opening group B match against Denmark on Saturday, but the match was overshadowed by Eriksen’s collapse during the first half in Copenhagen.
Finnish captain Tim Sparv said the incident shocked every player on the pitch. “It wasn’t the kind of joyous moment that normally would have been,” Sparv told CNN Sport’s Patrick Snell ahead of Wednesday’s game, admitting that preparing to play against Russia had been difficult.
“There have been so many different kinds of emotions at once. When you think of a player about to die, I think that puts things in perspective,” added Sparv.
A win against Russia would have secured Finland’s qualification to the last 16 of Euro 2020, but it was the Russians who emerged victorious and won 1-0 at the St. Petersburg Stadium, thanks to Aleksei Miranchuk’s goal in the second half. first half.
Finnish forward Joel Pohjanpalo had taken the winner against Denmark and he thought he had also scored early with a header against Russia, though his attempt was quickly disallowed after it was ruled fractionally offside by VAR.
Clear opportunities proved hard to come by for the hosts and their luck deteriorated as Mario Fernandes jumped for a header and failed to break his fall.
The Russian defender had to be taken to hospital on a stretcher and is said to have suffered a thoracic spine injury, according to the Russian national team’s Twitter feed.
After measuring a low cross, substitute Vyacheslav Karavaev was then denied a shot at goal when Finnish defender Jere Uronen faced a monumental challenge – with both players colliding without injury.
Miranchuk broke the deadlock in the second minute of injury time of the first half. As the Finnish defenders approached, the Russian midfielder cleverly created space before curling the ball into the net.
In the second half, Russia began to lose its rhythm as Finland pushed for an equaliser, notably via striker Teemu Pukki. Ultimately, Russia’s national team coach Stanislav Cherchesov’s side protected the lead as it recorded its first Euro 2020 win.
Russia will play its final group game against Denmark on Monday, while Finland will face Group B leader Belgium. Wales win Elsewhere on Wednesday, Wales took a huge step towards the round of 16 after beating Turkey 2-0 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The win was driven by Gareth Bale, who provided two stunning assists for Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts. Bale had the chance to score himself, but in the second half shot a penalty high over the bar. It means Wales can’t finish lower than third in the group and are likely to advance to the knockout stage.
Meanwhile, Turkey, which has now lost both group matches in the tournament, faces an uphill battle to qualify from Group A.