Although Denmark attracts with Slovenia, Eriksen's story has a contented ending | Euro Cup Germany 2024 | EUROtoday

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He had simply scored a purpose and, after a celebration that was as liberating because it was energizing, with goosebumps and a second that reconciled one with life and particularly with the ball, Christian Eriksen obtained a hug from his teammates. It was greater than somewhat. But for him the hubbub was already over as a result of he has a ball in his head, as a result of he sees soccer with a clairvoyance that the remainder barely think about. He moved his arms, pointed to areas of the mat and arranged his individuals for what was to come back as a result of he at all times understood that the previous doesn’t outline the longer term. A maxim that Slovenia clarified as a result of they took the draw and, above all, that the Danish quantity 10 did nicely in Stuttgart, since their story within the Euro Cup had a contented ending.


Jan Oblak, Zan Karnicnik, Jaka Bijol, Erik Janza, Vanja Drkusic, Timi Max Elsnik, Petar Stojanovic, Jan Mlakar, Adam Gnezda Cerin, Benjamin Sesko, Andraz Sporar, Benjamin Verbic (Petar Stojanovic, min. 66), Zan Celar (Jan Mlakar, min. 75), Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Timi Max Elsnik, min. 75), Jasmin Kurtic (Benjamin Sesko, min. 94) and David Brekalo (Andraz Sporar, min. 94)


Kasper Schmeichel, Jannik Vestergaard, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Victor Kristiansen, Alexander Bah, Morten Hjulmand, Jonas Wind, Christian Eriksen, Rasmus Højlund, Joakim Mæhle (Victor Kristiansen, min. 77), Yussuf Poulsen (Rasmus Højlund, min. 82), Kasper Dolberg (Jonas Wind, min. 82), Christian Nørgaard (Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, min. 83) and Thomas Delaney (Morten Hjulmand, min. 88)

0-1 min. 16: Eriksen. 1-1 min. 76: Erik Janza

Referee Sandro Schaerer

Yellow playing cards

Morten Hjulmand (min. 48), Stojanovic (min. 53), Zan Celar (min. 83)

The final time Eriksen performed within the competitors – towards Finland in 2021 – his coronary heart stopped out of the blue, a coronary heart assault that took him to the bottom and virtually to the sky, a worrying prognosis as a result of he would hardly have the ability to put his boots again on. He wouldn't do it in Italy, at Inter (the place he performed), as a result of there you’ll be able to't play with a built-in defibrillator. But eight months later he did do it in England, first at Brentford after which at Manchester United. Also, in fact, with Denmark as a result of there isn’t a one who has his expertise, a participant with a compass and bevel to filter passes, an undetectable footballer between the traces, a seller who at all times bets every part on purple, a springboard and even typically a full cease. Which occurred towards Slovenia, in all probability in a laboratory play. More than something as a result of the ball went over the sideline and Denmark ran to place it into play. Wind then moved in the direction of the ball and gave it to Eriksen, who moved in the direction of the other facet. Control, shot and purpose, soccer and Eriksen's battle made glory, the Euro Cup circle closed.

But that couldn't with Slovenia, a workforce that’s diminished to 2 areas: in theirs as a result of they’ve a mammoth goalkeeper like Oblak, at all times hand in hand with the defensive position and typically even within the heart of the sector as a result of their protection is in a accused low block; and quite the opposite, the place the race seems unexpectedly, Sesko as a result of the workforce expresses itself on the counterattack by definition. The decorations and the methods, even the possession of the ball, is just not one thing that pursuits Slovenia, as a result of they know what they’re taking part in and with this plan they’ve reached the Euro Cup, now decided to realize a primary victory within the event [hasta la fecha suma tres empates]. With this presentation sheet, Denmark had no selection however to be the one protagonist with the spherical on its ft. And, though she lacks some footing and a sure ingenuity to peel off the motley defenses, she accepted it gladly. Nobody greater than Eriksen.

Tock, tock, tock, tock, tock. At occasions, Danish soccer was diminished to the sound of the affect of the boot with the ball, exact and diligent passes that defined that soccer might be performed in a thousand methods however that none is as lovely or magnetic as when it’s performed collectively. . It was, in fact, simpler for him to take it from the roots, the place there was no strain to trouble him, than in one other's area, the place the passing traces had been diminished. But when Hojbjerg and Hjulmand combined with Eriksen, Denmark took colour. Thus, after the purpose of the tenth, the possibilities adopted, resembling Vestergaard's header from a nook or that point-blank shot by Hojlund, additionally a brand new shot by Eriksen along with his left foot that went excessive.

Everything occurred close to Oblak. But that gave Sesko a lot, that he invented a shot out of nowhere that put worry in Schmeichel's physique, a simplified counter to a management, a cut-out and a shot from outdoors the world that whispered to the squad. He even introduced out his magic once more on one other misplaced ball by hitting it from the skin to knock splinters off the submit. His look inspired the Slovenians within the second act, who started to reach with extra troops on the counters, which had been additionally outlined with nook kicks and even throw kicks, since any excuse was a superb one to place a ball within the space. . And so got here a header from Cerin and a peck from Sporar who missed the purpose by a fluke. Then, additionally on a nook, Janza bounced it early and luck made the ball hit Hjulmand in order that Schmeichel might make the statue, in order that the ball would relaxation within the web. Quite a slap within the face for Denmark. But despite the fact that he tied the sport, Eriksen or Great purpose (the nickname that Pochettino gave him at Tottenham for his potential to shock along with his shot and objectives), the footballer molded by Bergkamp within the Ajax youth workforce, endorsed by Cruyff and supported by Conte at Inter, took the victory as a result of He confirmed that he has a soccer ball for a coronary heart.

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