Christian Eriksen scores on home return too
“Welcome back Christian” read a giant banner held up by Denmark fans in a section of Parken Stadium.
Seeing Christian Eriksen walk out in a Denmark jersey, in the same stadium in Copenhagen where he suffered a cardiac arrest nine months ago, was enough of a reason for the national team’s adoring fans to enjoy a big celebration on Tuesday.
He did more than that.
The biggest cheer during Denmark’s 3-0 win over Serbia in an emotionally powered international friendly came in the 58th minute, when Eriksen cut inside onto his right foot and powered home a shot from the edge of the area. He ran toward the crowd with a clenched fist and slid on his knees in unbridled joy.
It was Eriksen’s first appearance at Parken since his near-fatal collapse there during a match against Finland at the European Championship, and he was given a rapturous welcome by fans as he led Denmark team out for the friendly as captain.
He also scored two minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute against the Netherlands on Saturday in his first appearance for Denmark since his collapse.
Italy won’t be in Qatar, having lost shockingly to North Macedonia in a semi-final playoff last week, and began their rehabilitation with a 3-2 victory over Turkey.
Gianluigi Donnarumma had come in for a lot of criticism for North Macedonia’s goal and he was again at fault for Turkey’s two goals.
Harry Maguire was jeered by sections of England fans during his team’s 3-0 win over 10-man Ivory Coast at Wembley Stadium.
Ollie Watkins, Raheem Sterlingand Tyrone Mings scored the goals, with the Ivorians hampered by right back Serge Aurier’s first-half red card for two bookings when the score was 1-0.
Steven Bergwijn scored his third goal in two matches to earn the Netherlands a 1-1 draw against Germany after Thomas Mueller had given the visitors the lead at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
France were in total control against South Africa and cruised to a 5-0 win as Kylian Mbappe scored twice in Lille. AC Milan forward Olivier Giroud bagged his 48th international goal and is now three goals away from Thierry Henry’s all-time record of 51 for France.