Denmark’s coach Kasper Hjulmand said the team’s stunning progression to the last 16 of Euro 2020 was just reward for his players, who have stuck to their task following team mate Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest against Finland.

Denmark thumped Russia 4-1 in Copenhagen in its final Group B game on Monday, and profited from a 2-0 win by Belgium over the Finns to finish second and set up a last-16 clash with Wales in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Key midfielder Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the team’s opening 1-0 loss to Finland before recovering in hospital, but Hjulmand said that rather than deflating his side, the incident had brought them closer together and provided added motivation.

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“What a night. We hoped it would be a magic night,” he told reporters. “I can’t imagine how they managed to come back…

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