Euro 2020, highlights: Finland beats Denmark after Pohjanpalo's goal

Euro 2021: Euro deutant Finland beat Denmark 1-0 in an incident-filled match after a long suspension in play due to Eriksen's medical emergency.

Updated : Jun 13, 2021 02:25 IST

Denmark's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gestures to the stands as the team returns to the pitch to resume the match.
Denmark's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gestures to the stands as the team returns to the pitch to resume the match.

Denmark's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gestures to the stands as the team returns to the pitch to resume the match.

Welcome to Sportstar's coveage of the EURO 2020 Group B match between Denmark and Finland, live from Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Finland players and staff soak in the applause from their fans in attendance.

FULL-TIME. Finland registers a win on its maiden EURO outing. It will be a mixed day for the Fins after the events from three hours ago involving Denmark's Christian Eriksen, who collapsed on the pitch but remains stable in hospital. It was a brave decision by both set of players to take the pitch within an hour after the incident.

90'+3' Denmark pile the bodies into the  box with crosses coming from either flanks but Finland remains resolute.  Denmark appeals for a penalty but the referee gives a handball against Denmark from Cornelius.

Four minutes of added time

90' FINLAND SUB: Raitala OFF,  Vaisanen ON

90' Couple of stoppage of plays. Vesteggard strikes Arajuuri's face with a flailing arm.

87' A fumble inside the box as Hradecky misses the cross but luckily for him Poulsen can't get his shot away...

84' FINLAND SUB: Pohjanpalo OFF, Forss ON

81' Nearly the equaliser as Denmark slices open the Finland defence but Arajuuri makes a crucial interception before Braithwaite taps home the cutback.

79' Braithwaite with a good burst of pace to get ahead of his marker on the right but he can't get his cross spot on and ends up hitting it straight at Hradecky.

76' FINLAND SUBS: Sparv, Pukki OFF; Kauko, Schuller ON

75' Denmark SUBS: Delaney, Wass OFF; Cornelius, Stryger Larsen ON

74' S AVED! Hojberj steps up and looks to slot it to the right but Hradecky guesses it right. He holds on to the ball.

73' PENALTY! A through ball slipped into the path of Poulsen and he is brought down by Arajuuri.

69' Good passing move from the right with Poulsen setting up Wass on the edge of the box but the right-back's left-footed shot goes over the bar.

67' Nearly nine Denmark players seen in the 30-35 yards from Finland's goal as they push for the equaliser. Finland holds firm as a cross into the box goes hrmlessly behind for a goal kick.

65' A hopeful ball into the box to find Poulsen but Hradecky comes out to collect it with ease.

63' Denmark SUBS: Andreas Olsen, Vestergaard - IN, Wind, Kjaer - OUT

60' GOAL! Denmark 0-1 Finland (Pohjanpalo) Against the run of play, Finland scores. Pohjanplo gets ahead of Maehle and heads it low to Schmeichel, who ends up fumbling the ball into the net. Subdued celebrations from Finland players...

59' Braithwaite with an excellent run down the left and plays in a cut-back but Toivio is there again to make a block!

56' Jansen goes down on the floor clutching his back.

55' Denmark pour forward again. Cross from the right sees the 'keeper caught out of position but Toivio heads it away on the line.

52' Finland skipper Sprav is booked for a foul on Poulsen.

52' Jansen takes a shot from distance but the ball sails over. Raitala puts it behind for another corner after intercepting a ball towards Braithwaite.

48' A corner for Denmark is cleared at the near post.


HALF-TIME: The referee blows the half time whistle with 40 seconds left on the clock. We will back for the econd half after five minutes. One wonder what goes in the minds of these players after the last couple of hours.

Two minutes of added time

43' Poulsen's cross from the right is cut out before it gets in the Denmark box.

42' Play resumes with a throw in.

Denmark Sub: Mathias Jansen comes on for Eriksen

12 am: The Denmark players and staff are out in the middle in a huddle ahead of the restart.

Well, we did leave all of you a while ago, but in a new update, the match will now resume at 12 am IST (20:20 CET)

The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.

You can read more about it here: Denmark vs Finland match to resume at 12 am IST: UEFA

The last hour or so has been the most distressing that football fans have felt in quite some time.

The match stands suspended, but the good news is that after a period of uncertainty surrounding Christian Eriksen, both UEFA and Denmark have put out releases stating that the midfielder is hospitalised and is stable

You can read more about that here: Christian Eriksen transferred to hospital, is stable after collapse

That is all that we have from this game. Good bye and stay safe.


Christian Eriksen: “The entire Danish people know what happened in 1992. They've made movies and TV series about that (title), and every player from that team is still really well known in Denmark. Their legacy is enormous. They showed it's possible to win a big tournament."

Kasper Schmeichel on playing at home: “I am really looking forward to it. But on the other hand, we must also keep a cool head and not get swept up in the emotions and the  football  fever that is happening in Denmark. We have to go in and do our job.”

The statistics are also heavily in Denmark’s favor. Finland has only won one of the last 22 meetings between the Nordic sides, with Denmark winning 15 of those. The last time Finland won in Denmark was in 1949.

Read the preview here: Hoping for another title, Denmark faces Finland

Here are the teams:

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel; Simon Kjaer (captain), Joakim Maehle, Andreas Christensen, Daniel Wass; Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg; Martin Braithwaite, Jonas Wind, Yussuf Poulsen

Finland: Lukas Hradecky; Paulus Arajuuri, Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Jere Uronen, Jukka Raitala; Joona Toivio, Glen Kamara, Robin Lod, Tim Sparv (captain); Teemu Pukki, Joel Pohjanpalo

Squads:Denmark: Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Jonas Lossl (FC Midtjylland), Frederik Ronnow (FC Schalke 04).

Defenders: Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Joachim Andersen (Fulham), Daniel Wass (Valencia), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta), Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton), Nicolai Boilesen (FC Copenhagen), Zanka (FC Copenhagen).

Midfielders: Mathias Jensen (Brentford), Christian Nogaard (Brentford), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham), Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund), Anders Christiansen (Malmo FF), Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria), Robert Skov (TSG Hoffenheim).

Forwards: Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona), Andreas Cornelius (Parma), Andreas Skov Olsen (Bologna), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Kasper Dolberg (OGC Nice), Jonas Wind (FC Copenhagen).

Finland:Goalkeepers: Lukas Hradecky (Bayer Leverkusen), Jesse Joronen (Brescia), Anssi Jaakkola (Bristol Rovers)

Defenders: Paulus Arajuuri (Pafos), Leo Vaisanen (Elfsborg), Sauli Vaisanen (Chievo), Daniel O’Shaugnessy (HJK Helsinki), Robert Ivanov (Warta Poznan), Jere Uronen (Genk), Nikolai Alho (MTK Budapest), Jukka Raitala (Minnesota United), Joona Toivio (Hacken), Robin Lod (Minnesota United), Pyry Soiri (Esbjerg fB)

Midfielders: Joni Kauko (Esbjerg), Onni Valakari (Pafos), Rasmus Schuller (Djurgarden), Thomas Lam (Zwolle), Tim Sparv (Larissa), Fredrik Jensen (Augsburg), Robert Taylor (Brann), Glen Kamara (Rangers)

Forwards: Lassi Lappalainen (Montreal), Teemu Pukki (Norwich), Joel Pohjanpalo (Bayer Leverkusen), Marcus Forss (Brentford)

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