Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand admits the ‘love’ shown to Christian Eriksen has given his side ‘WINGS’ after sealing their Euro 2020 quarter-final spot in emphatic style following their thrashing of Wales
Denmark secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Euros on Saturday after thrashing Wales 4-0 in what was a fantastic performance from the whole side.
Hjulmand’s side have been without star man Eriksen since their opening game of the Euros following his frightening cardiac arrest against Finland, with the Danish midfielder now recovering from home after being discharged from hospital.
Denmark sealed their progression to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals thanks to a 4-0 win vs Wales
Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand said the ‘love’ shown to Christian Eriksen, who is recovering from his cardiac arrest, has inspired his side at the Euros
But the support for Eriksen has inspired Denmark’s squad on during their Euro adventure, and their head coach has revealed how the ‘love’ shown to the Inter Milan midfielder has spurred his side on to new heights.
‘When Christian collapsed, everything changed for me’, Hjulmand said after the game. ‘It was suddenly a totally different situation.
‘We needed the love and the support and that gave us wings.
‘It’s hard to believe that this is reality. I am really grateful for all the Danes who came here. It’s crazy. I am very, very grateful.
‘I admire the boys. Everything wasn’t perfect during the game, but we improved. The guys are true warriors.’
Denmark fans have shown their love for Eriksen throughout the Euros after his cardiac arrest
Denmark produced a statement performance against Wales in Amsterdam, with Kasper Dolberg scoring twice to put his side into a commanding position.
Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite then put the icing on the cake with two late finishes to sink Wales even further.
It has been a fantastic turnaround from Denmark, who suffered defeat during their opening match against Finland with the players clearly affected by Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.
After falling to defeat in their next match against Belgium too, Denmark squeezed through to the last-16 stage with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Russia before continuing their Euro journey with the 4-0 win over Wales.
Hjulmand’s side will now face the winner of Holland or the Czech Republic in Baku next Saturday evening.
Hjulmand celebrates after Denmark’s emphatic victory over Wales on Saturday in Amsterdam