According to ESPN, Inter forward Romelu Lukaku has confirmed that Belgium players will kick the ball out of play in the 10th minute of their game against Denmark so the stadium can pay tribute to Christian Eriksen with a minute’s applause. Belgium and Denmark will meet each other at Denmark’s Parken stadium at Copenhagen for their second match of Euro 2020.
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is Romelu Lukaku’s partner at Serie A side Inter, collapsed on the pitch suddenly during Denmark’s first match of Euro 2020 against FInland, shocking the entire world. The game was stopped immediately by the referee and the midfielder was given CPR by Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and later by Denmark’s medical team. He was taken to the nearby hospital immediately. The match was suspended indefinitely. Football fans across the globe trended the hashtag ‘get well soon’ on the social media platforms, praying for Christian Eriksen’s fast recovery.
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UEFA and Denmark football team then released a statement about half an hour later that Eriksen was doing well and was out of danger, giving a sigh of relief to all the fans. UEFA then restarted the match between Denmark and Finland after an hour on “the players’ request”.
Many players paid their tributes to Christian Eriksen praying for his fast recovery, his Inter teammates Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi and former teammate Heung Min Son, being a few. The German national team also paid their tribute to Christian Eriksen by posting a picture of their entire squad in front of a giant picture of Christian Eriksen.
Romelu Lukaku’s Belgium had their first match Euro 2020 against Russia on the same night in which the incident took place. Lukaku scored a brace in the match and dedicated his first goal to Christian Eriksen. After scoring the goal, he went to the camera and said ‘Chris i love you’. Belgium won the match 3-0.
Romelu Lukaku broke down in the interview on being asked about Christian Eriksen
In the post match conference, the Belgian goal-machine broke down on being asked about his reaction to the tragic incident of Christian Eriksen. “For me it was difficult to play today because my mind was with my teammate Christian. I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him,” he said.
Lukaku added that he cried a lot when he got the news. “I cried a lot,” Lukaku added. “Because I was scared, obviously we experienced strong moments with him together for a year and a half and I spent more time with him than with my family. So my thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids and his family.”
Romelu Lukaku and the entire belgium team will pay Christian Eriksen another big tribute in the upcoming match as mentioned earlier, and what more appropriate than the destination being Christian Eriksen’s home stadium.