Denmark’s Kasper Hjulmand thinks they aren’t done yet and has pledged to make it to the final 16.
Denmark will not be finished with Euro 2020, according to Kasper Hjulmand, who has promised Christian Eriksen a place in the final 16.
The 29-year-old midfielder, who suffered a heart episode on the pitch during Denmark’s 1-0 loss to Finland on Saturday, is thought to have seen the Danes lose 2-1 to Belgium in Copenhagen on Thursday, leaving their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages hanging by a thread.
However, after witnessing his team grab an early lead on an emotional evening at Parken Stadium, head coach Hjulmand refuses to give up ahead of Monday’s match against Russia.
“As I told the players in the dressing room, the only thing I’m disappointed by is the result,” he remarked in his post-match press conference. I didn’t have high hopes for this game, but I can’t express how proud I am of this team.
“The caliber of what they displayed… They hop on and play a game like this four days after almost losing one of their best friends, which is incredible. They completely demolished the best team in the world, for which I have enormous admiration.
“We know it’ll be a tough few weeks for you, Christian, but we’re here for you. With Christian in our minds and hearts, knowing he’s still here, we know it’ll be a tough few weeks for you, but we’re here for you.
“We’re going to stick together and beat the Russians,” he says. This competition isn’t over yet.”
Denmark got off to a perfect start when Yussuf Poulsen scored in the second minute, harnessing the fervor of the packed stands. There was poignant applause from the players, officials, and spectators as the game was temporarily stopped as the clock reached the 10th minute, the number Eriksen wears on his shirt.
“We were prepared for the emotional part of the game,” Hjulmand remarked. When the national anthem played, I was moved, but once we’re all together, we just press the ‘on’ button and go.
“We put all of the enormous energy that was available to us to use. (This is a brief piece.)