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News from the European Football Championship:

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Romelu Lukaku delivered a heartfelt message to Danish player Christian Eriksen after scoring the first goal in Belgium’s 3-0 European Championship victory over Russia.

Lukaku spun to fire in the bottom corner after 10 minutes and then went straight to a television camera on the sideline. He grabbed it with both hands and said “Chris, Chris, I love you.”

Lukaku plays alongside Eriksen at Italian club Inter Milan. Eriksen was taken to hospital after collapsing on the field during Denmark’s match against Finland in Copenhagen.

This caused the match to be suspended for about 90 minutes before being restarted just before the start of Belgium’s game in St Petersburg. Eriksen was in a stable condition.

Substitute Thomas Meunier scored Belgium’s second goal in the 34th minute and Lukaku the third in the 88th minute.

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Christian Eriksen was named player of the match in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat by Finland in the European Championship.

Eriksen passed out on the field at the end of the first half and received urgent medical treatment before being taken to a hospital. The Danish Football Association says Eriksen is awake and in stable condition.

The match was suspended but restarted after about 90 minutes.

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Czech Republic goalkeeper Jiří Pavlenka has left the national team with persistent back problems.

The team claims that the Werder Bremen goalkeeper did not travel with the team to Glasgow for the opening game against Scotland on Monday.

Pavlenka says that “the pain is persistent. I have to put aside my personal ambitions.”

That leaves Tomáš Vaclík as the first choice in goal. Aleš Mandous will be your backup.

Augsburg goalkeeper Tomáš Koubek will join the team on Tuesday to replace Pavlenka. Koubek made his national team debut five years ago in a 1-0 loss to Scotland in a friendly.

The Czechs have already lost Slavia Prague goalkeeper Ondřej Kolář before the tournament to a head injury.

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Two players in the European Championship match between Belgium and Russia were replaced after their heads bumped as they tried to catch the ball.

Belgium full-back Thomas Castagne was the first to leave the field after the incident with Russian midfielder Daler Kuzyaev in the 24th minute and had a huge lump on the right side of his face.

Kuzyaev ended up leaving on the 30th. He was replaced by Denis Cheryshev.

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Joel Pohjanpalo scored and Lukas Hradecky saved a penalty to give Finland a 1-0 victory over Denmark in a European Championship game overshadowed by Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the field.

The game was suspended for about 90 minutes after Eriksen needed urgent medical treatment at the end of the first half before being taken to a hospital. The Danish Football Association says Eriksen is awake and in stable condition.

Pohjanpalo put Finland ahead of the game when the match resumed. He rose above Joakim Maehle to head in a cross from Jere Uronen.

Denmark dominated most of the game and suffered a penalty when Yussuf Poulsen was brought down by Paulus Arajuuri. But Hradecky dove to the left to block a harmless shot from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Finland were making their debut in a big tournament.

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Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored a European Championship goal and celebrated by running straight to a television camera and saying “I love you” to Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen passed out on the field in Copenhagen during a Euro 2020 match against Finland. He was taken to a hospital and would be awake.

Lukaku gave Belgium a 1-0 lead over Russia in St. Petersburg. He and Eriksen are teammates at the Italian club Inter Milan.

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Danish Football Association Director Peter Moeller said Christian Eriksen received a “heart massage” while being treated on the field after collapsing during a match at the European Championships.

Moeller told Danish public broadcaster DR that Eriksen “fell and received help and a heart massage on the field. Fortunately, he was awake when he left the stadium.”

The match was suspended for about 90 minutes, but finally restarted after 43 minutes.

Moeller says it was important for the Danish players to know that Eriksen was okay and that they were honoring him by finishing the game.

Moeller says the federation is in contact with Eriksen and “he’s fine and they play for Christian”.

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Belgium’s players were mocked by sections of the crowd at St. Petersburg Stadium as they knelt before the start of a European Championship match against Russia.

Loud music was played during the gesture against racism, but the boos was still audible.

The Russian players chose not to kneel.

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The game between Denmark and Finland in the European Championship resumed.

The match was suspended for about 90 minutes after Christian Eriksen passed out and was taken to a hospital. UEFA says Eriksen is stabilized and the Danish football association says he is awake.

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The match between Denmark and Finland will resume at 20:30. local time.

UEFA says both teams have decided to end the game, despite Christian Eriksen being taken to hospital after collapsing on the pitch towards the end of the first half. The Danish Football Association says Eriksen is awake.

A stadium announcer said the last minutes of the first half would be played, followed by “a short break” before the second half.

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The match between Denmark and Finland will resume at 20:30. local time.

UEFA says both teams have decided to end the game, despite Christian Eriksen being taken to hospital after collapsing on the pitch towards the end of the first half. The Danish Football Association says Eriksen is awake.

A stadium announcer said the last minutes of the first half would be played, followed by “a short break” before the second half.

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Inter Milan doctor Piero Volpi told the Associated Press that the Italian club is in contact with the Danish federation to treat Christian Eriksen’s health.

Eriksen plays for Inter and helped the team win the Serie A title last month.

Volpi said that “we are in contact with the Danish federation, the team manager, the team doctor. But we still don’t know anything.”

Volpi adds that “you heard what UEFA said and we’re all happy that he’s stabilized. But that’s all we know.”

Volpi says Eriksen has never signed COVID-19, has no health problems he is aware of and has passed every medical exam with no problems since joining Inter in January 2020 from Tottenham.

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England canceled a planned pre-match press conference with coach Gareth Southgate and captain Harry Kane after Danish midfielder Christen Eriksen collapsed during a European Championship game.

Kane played with Eriksen at Tottenham. He was supposed to be speaking at Wembley Stadium about Sunday’s game against Croatia.

The English Football Association says that “our thoughts tonight are with Christian Eriksen and his family, and everyone connected to the Danish Football Union”.

Denmark’s game against Finland was suspended just before the break after Eriksen collapsed on the field.

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Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen was taken to hospital after collapsing on the field in Copenhagen during a European Championship match.

UEFA claims that Eriksen is stabilized.

UEFA says Denmark and Finland have met with officials and that a decision on the match will be taken shortly. The match was suspended while Eriksen was receiving medical treatment in the field.

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Denmark’s match against Finland in the European Championship was suspended.

The match was stopped after Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field.

Eriksen was taken out on a stretcher after needing medical attention for about 10 minutes.

Eriksen passed out untouched towards the end of the first half and was immediately surrounded by medical staff. His companions formed a wall of protection around him.

The players from Finland huddled on their bench and eventually left the field while Eriksen was still receiving treatment. Eriksen was brought to a strong ovation.

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Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen underwent chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship game against Finland.

Eriksen fell to the ground near the sideline at the end of the first half and was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. His companions formed a protective wall around him to give him privacy while the doctors treated him.

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Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko said playing in the Dutch capital at the European Championships will bring happy memories.

The Manchester City defender spent a season on loan at Dutch club PSV Eindhoven before returning to England for good.

Zinchenko says the season at Philips Stadium was “a great advancement in my career. It was the first time I got to know European football and the experience was very valuable to me.”

Zinchenko plays at left-back for City but is expected to switch to midfield in Sunday’s game against the Netherlands at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

He says he’s happy to play wherever coach Andriy Shevchenko puts him.

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Heavy rain in Bucharest drenched the National Arena field and prevented Austria and Northern Macedonia from training ahead of the European Championship game.

Some Austrian players warmed up and calmed down by diving headfirst into the pools of water.

Training was canceled to protect the playing surface for Group C’s opening match on Sunday.

UEFA says the two teams went to the Steaua Bucharest stadium in the city to train. Austria was the first to use it. Northern Macedonia will be an hour later.

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A party atmosphere is brewing in Copenhagen an hour before Denmark face Finland in the European Championships.

Denmark are hosting a major tournament for the first time and 15,000 fans will be able to enter the Parken Stadium for the opening of Group B. A large number of them were already on hand to greet goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and his two substitutes with a huge ovation as they entered the field to start warming up.

Thousands of fans also gathered at a nearby park to sing songs and drink beer hours before the game.

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Kieffer Moore scored late to help Wales hold on to Switzerland in a 1-1 European Championship Group A draw.

Moore had his head wrapped in red bandages after an early collision and then used it to nod in Joe Morrell’s cross in the 74th minute after a short corner.

Switzerland dominated possession and squandered several chances, before Breel Embolo headed in the opening goal aged 49 following an Xherdan Shaqiri corner.

Switzerland substitute Mario Gavranovic threw the ball into the Welsh net at the end but was ruled out for offside in a video analysis.

Italy lead Group A in Euro 2020 after beating Turkey 3-0 on Friday.

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The football teams from Wales and Switzerland went to their knees before the start of the European Championship match in Baku.

Wales has pledged to kneel before the Euro 2020 games to protest racism. England is doing the same.

Scotland have pledged they will “take a stand against racism” in their two home games in Glasgow and will kneel before the match against England in London.

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Football teams from Wales and Switzerland began to warm up in front of nearly empty bleachers in Baku ahead of the Group A match at the European Championships.

Up to 31,000 fans can watch the Euro 2020 matches at the Olympic Stadium, but audiences can fall short.

Relatively few fans from both teams traveled to Azerbaijan.

A group of fans from Wales sang as their team was announced and their voices echoed through the stadium.

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Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum said the Dutch players will not kneel in an anti-racism gesture ahead of the first European Championship match against Ukraine on Sunday.

Wijnaldum says the team is already involved in anti-racism initiatives with the Dutch football federation and has decided not to kneel at the Johan Cruyff Arena because it hasn’t done so in other recent games.

Wijnaldum says the team already does a lot to promote an anti-racism message, but adds that “it’s never enough until (racism) stops.”

Sections of fans booed England players as they knelt before two Euro 2020 friendlies.

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Netherlands coach Frank de Boer said defender Matthijs de Ligt is not ready to play in the European Championship opening match against Ukraine on Sunday.

De Ligt is recovering from a groin injury but has been training with the team for the past few days. He said earlier this week that he hoped to be able to play on Sunday in the Netherlands’ first major tournament match since the 2014 World Cup.

But De Boer says “it’s a little early. We don’t want to take chances. We have two more group games.”

He did not say who will replace the Juventus defender in the starting lineup for the team’s debut at Euro 2020. The Netherlands are already absent from defender and captain Virgil van Dijk with a long-lasting knee injury.

De Boer says he hopes De Ligt will be available for his next game against Austria on Thursday.

The Netherlands will play all three Group C matches at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.

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Spain sent home the 17 extra players called up this week to form an alternative team after an outbreak of coronavirus threatened to infect the team at the European Championship.

Six players with previous national team experience and 11 players from Spain’s Under-21 team were called up by coach Luis Enrique after captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

Diego Llorente also tested positive on Tuesday, but returned to the team after four consecutive negative results.

The extra players left the day after the squad was vaccinated and after three consecutive days of negative testing for the entire group.

The 23-player selection for Euro 2020 trained together for the first time this week.

Spain play their opening match against Sweden in Seville on Monday.

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The European Championship moves to Baku on Day 2 of the tournament before moving on to Copenhagen and then to St. Petersburg.

The first match on the Euro 2020 calendar will be between Wales and Switzerland in Baku. Italy beat Turkey 3-0 in the other Group A match on Friday in Rome.

The middle match pits Denmark against Finland in Copenhagen, in Group B. And the last match of the day in that same group will be between Belgium and Russia, in St. Petersburg.

The European Championship started a year late because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it is still being called Euro 2020.

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